City of Alexandria Academies

The City of Alexandria Academies are educational programs designed to inform, educate, engage and provide those who live or work in the City a better understanding of local government operations, services and programs available to the community. Information and experiences gained will encourage participants to help foster a thriving Alexandria by creating a closer working relationship between the community and local government.

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Alexandria City Academy

The Alexandria City Academy is a nine-week course that provides participants with the opportunity to learn about City government through first-hand experience with a wide range of government functions, services, activities and issues.

For more information about the program visit the Alexandria City Academy website.

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Alexandria Community Fire Academy

The purpose of the Academy is to educate the Alexandria community members about fire safety and emergency medical response, while learning about the history, administration, operations, and apparatus of an urban public safety agency. Participants will also receive hands-on training to experience a "day in the life" of a firefighter/medic.

 For more information about the program visit the Alexandria Community Fire Academy website.

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Alexandria Community Police Academy

Classes are a combination of presentations and interactive activities. Class topics will include patrol operations, gangs, crime prevention, crime scene investigations, criminal investigations and the Special Operations team. The curriculum covers the core elements  that are essential for participants to gain a greater understanding of police operations. 

For more information about the program visit the  Alexandria Community Police Academy website.

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Eco-City Academy

Held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for 6 weeks, beginning spring 2021. This course is an opportunity to become an Eco-City Ambassador, take actions to make our City more sustainable, learn about environmental challenges, and contribute to daily sustainable practices to reach the adopted 2019 goals of the City. Special tours may be included. 

For more information and application, visit the Eco-City website. 

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Alexandria Senior Academy

 The 4-week program held on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is designed to engage, inform and educate Alexandria's Seniors (60+) about government functions and programs and organizations that provide services available to seniors.

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Alexandria Community Sheriff's Academy

Explore the role of the Sheriff's Office in Alexandria's criminal justice system by participating in an informative four-week experience on Saturday mornings.  Learn about your Sheriff's Office by touring the jail, going behind the scene at the courthouse, and meeting with deputies responsible for the care and custody of nearly 400 inmates every day. Also discover how the Sheriff's Office enhances public safety through a variety of specialized services and outreach programs. Visit Alexandria Community Sheriff's Academy or call 703.746.5116 for more info.

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Alexandria Community Commonwealth's Attorney Academy

The one-day class, will be held in the spring of 2021, is a combination of lectures and discussions along with an in-depth look at how criminal offenses are prosecuted in the City of Alexandria by the Commonwealth Attorney's office. Other programs managed by the office will also be covered. Visit Commonwealth's Attorney Community Academy or call 703.746.4100 for more information.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact or 703.746.4317, Virginia Relay 711.