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Alexandria Police Accepting Applications for Community Police Academy

The 10-week academy provides an opportunity for residents to learn about aspects of the police department.

An Alexandria Police Department cruiser in Old Town. (Photo by James Cullum)

Alexandria, VA – How well do you know the Alexandria Police Department? The 10-week Alexandria Community Police Academy will begin classes this September to teach residents about the department’s administrative philosophy, internal policies and the guiding principles of law and ethical conduct governing the delivery of police services.

The deadline to apply for the program is Aug. 2. For more, go to and search Community Police Academy or e-mail the Volunteer Office at [email protected].

According to APD:

“The curriculum covers the core elements which are essential for participants to gain a greater understanding of police operations.  As a result of their participation, residents can make more informed judgments about the Alexandria Police Department and its daily operations. The Police Department is simultaneously able to acquire a greater understanding of the views and concerns of the community through an enhanced relationship with the public.” 

The classes will be held at APD Headquarters at 3600 Wheeler Ave. on Wednesdays, starting on Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. and will last until 10 p.m. Class size is limited to 25 people, and a graduation ceremony will be held on Nov. 20.


The free program has one condition – that participants volunteer at least 10 hours a year after their graduation. Participants, who will be evaluated with criminal history checks before the classes begin, must also be at least 21 years and live and work in Alexandria.

Click here to see other academies offered by the city.


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