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January 3, 2023

Alvin M. Winston Sr. Named Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis Field Office

Director Christopher Wray has named Alvin M. Winston Sr. as the special agent in charge of the Minneapolis Field Office. Mr. Winston most recently served as the deputy assistant director in the International Operations Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Winston joined the FBI as a special agent in 2006 and was assigned to the Miami Field Office to investigate crimes against children, drug trafficking, and violent gangs. In 2012, he deployed to the Republic of Maldives to oversee the investigation of the murder of a Maldivian parliament member.

In 2013, Mr. Winston was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Human Source Validation Unit of the Directorate of Intelligence at Headquarters. In 2014, he transferred to the Criminal Investigative Division and oversaw the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program. He also managed the violent criminal Safe Streets Task Forces in the southeastern United States.

Mr. Winston transferred in 2015 to the Chicago Field Office, where he was the coordinator of the violent gang and crime program and led the Windy City Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force.

In 2018, Mr. Winston was promoted to assistant special agent in charge at the Cleveland Field Office. He supervised the office’s eight resident agencies, violent crime and gang programs, and SWAT team and was the co-commander of Cleveland’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force.

Mr. Winston was selected as chief of the Media and Engagement Section of the Office of Public Affairs at Headquarters in 2020. In 2021, he was named deputy assistant director of the International Operations Division, responsible for FBI overseas operations and partner and foreign law enforcement engagement. He also oversaw the FBI’s Global Partnership Strategy.

Before joining the FBI, Mr. Winston served in the U.S. Marine Corps on the Fleet Anti-Terrorist Security Team. He was also a homicide detective with the City of Atlanta and the chief investigator at the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. He earned a bachelor’s in criminology from Saint Leo University and a master’s in criminal justice administration from Bethune-Cookman University, both in Florida.