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Citizens Police Academy

The 10-week Alexandria Citizens Police Academy provides an opportunity for residents to learn about various aspects of the Police Department, such as administrative philosophy, internal policies and the guiding principles of law and ethical conduct governing the delivery of police services.

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  • Application Form
    Applications for the Citizens Police Academy can be mailed to 3600 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304, or hand-delivered to the Volunteer Office on the first floor of the Police Department's Headquarters. The deadline to apply is Saturday, August 15, 2015. For more information, email the Volunteer Office at 


Classes are a combination of lecture and interactive activities. Class topics will include patrol operations, gangs, crime prevention, crime scene investigations, criminal investigations and the Special Operations team. 

WHEN: Classes meet weekly from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. beginning Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Graduation will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

WHERE: Police Department Headquarters in the Community Room at 3600 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304 

WHAT: The curriculum covers the core elements  that 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 program is offered FREE of charge.  Participants of must be at least 21 years of age and live or work in the City. Criminal History checks will be conducted on all applicants for final approval of acceptance.