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Become a Police Officer - No Application Needed

The Alexandria Virginia Police Department is currently hiring for the position of Police Officer I.  The next written exam test dates are:

  • Saturday, November 14, at 8:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 12, at 8:00 a.m.

No application is necessary until after successful completion of the written exam. You can find test dates and more information about the process here. Once on the page, scroll to “Police Officer 1” for details about the process.

The Alexandria Police Department offers a variety of benefits to include a defined pension plan, health & life insurance, deferred compensation plans, uniforms and equipment provided, and a take home car program.  Additionally, there are numerous lateral job opportunities, including K-9, SWAT, Detective Section, Motor Officers, Honor Guard, School Resource Officers, Crime Scene Investigations, promotional opportunities, and much more.

Civilian Employment Opportunities

Be part of the team! Civilian employees are integral to Police Department operations. While police officers are the front lines, the behind the scenes operations of civilian employees keep APD going. 

The Police Department is currently hiring:

Learn About Crime in Your Area with
The Alexandria Police Department has partnered with to provide City residents with the ability to learn about crime in their communities. The web site was developed to help citizens visualize and understand crime in their communities. Since 2002, the Alexandria Police Department has provided searchable online crime data through the City's online crime search engine. Through the partnership with, citizens can now query and view Alexandria crime data using an online Geographic Information System (GIS). It allows citizens to view crime for an entire region, neighborhood or block.
Accident Reports Available Online

Why take the time to drive all the way to the police station when you can get your accident report from the comfort of your own home or office. The Police Department has partnered with Carfax, Inc. to make accident reports available online. You can now obtain a copy of your accident report quickly and easily for only $5.00 per report. Visit to get your copy.

Online Crime Reporting

You can now file police reports with the Alexandria Police Department online. The Alexandria Police Department’s Online Crime Reporting Program allows you to:

  •  REPORT your crime to the police immediately.
  •  PRINT a copy of the temporary report immediately.
  •  FILE the report with your insurance company.  


The following crimes usually do not require an in-person police response and can be filed online:

  •  Property Destruction
  •  Identity Theft
  •  Theft of Property 

If the crime you need to report is not listed, you cannot file it online. Please call the non-emergency number 703.746.4444.

Do You Have an Alarm?
Alexandria residents and business owners who have a building, commercial or residential alarm can register the alarm at the City's Alarm Prevention and Administration site, "The Cry Wolf Program": Law Enforcement personnel respond to thousands of false alarm calls yearly. These unnecessary responses result in an enormous burden in manpower and expense; which in turn reduces the time available to respond to real emergencies.Cry Wolf helps the Police Department manage, and even reduce, false alarms.  
Trial for Charles Severance Scheduled for October 2015

On February 6, 2014, Ruthanne Lodato was fatally shot in her home in the 2400 block of Ridge Road Drive. Police conducted an extensive investigation into this incident and on September 8, 2014, the Police Department announced it had charged Charles Severance in the homicide of Ruthanne Lodato, as well as Nancy Dunning and Ron Kirby. This outcome would not have been possible without the hard work and tireless dedication of detectives and Police staff. The department wishes to thank the citizens of Alexandria for their patience and support throughout this investigation. The trial for Severance is scheduled to begin in October 2015.



Found Property

Pursuant to the provision of section 4-1-16 of the code of the City of Alexandria, the Alexandria Police Department located at 3600 Wheeler Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304 is now in possession of unclaimed bicycles, mopeds, lawn equipment, money, scooters, and other items. All persons having valid claim to the property should file a claim to the property with reasonable proof of ownership or the items will be sold, destroyed, converted or donated. For a complete listing click here or contact the Police Property Unit at 703.746.6709.


APD Group 2012Our Mission

The mission of the Alexandria Police Department is to provide competent, courteous, professional and community oriented police services.  We are committed to maintaining and enhancing a strong and productive partnership with the community to continue to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in all of Alexandria's neighborhoods.  We are dedicated to protecting life and property while assuring fair and equal treatment to everyone.

Alexandria maintains a modern, highly trained, technically skilled, energetic, diverse and well-equipped police department, with a current authorized strength of 320 sworn and 138 civilian employees. Our staff provides courteous, efficient and timely service to residents, visitors and businesses in our City.

The Alexandria Police Department has been internationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1986 and was reaccredited in 1991, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.  This is a significant accomplishment for the men and women of the department. CALEA accreditation is a rigorous and difficult process that, if achieved, affirms the professional status of law enforcement agencies worldwide.

Important Links

The Police Department is located at 3600 Wheeler Avenue. The telephone number for police emergencies is 911.
For non-emergency calls and general information, please call 703.746.4444 or the Department's TDD line at 703.838.4896.