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Become a Police Officer - No Application Needed, Hiring for July 2015 Academy

The Alexandria Virginia Police Department is currently hiring for the position of Police Officer I. 

There are 2 remaining test dates for the July 2015 Academy class:

  • May 5, at 6:00 AM
  • May 7, at 7:00 PM

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.

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.

Volunteer with the Police Department
The volunteer program was established by the Chief of Police to have citizens get involved in supporting their community by volunteering their time and support to the Police Department. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available in administrative and support activities, allowing sworn personnel to spend more of their time and specialized skills on law enforcement and crime prevention activities.
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.  
Police Charge Charles Severance with Three Homicides

On February 6, 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, 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. 



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.

3600 Wheeler Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
TDD 703.838.4896

Fax: 703.838.4978

Information Services Section
Fax: 703.746.1936

Chief of Police
Fax: 703.746.1945

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.