Police Department

Page updated on Jul 26, 2021 at 1:46 PM

Don Hayes Appointed Acting Chief of Police Following Retirement of Michael Brown

APD Don Hayes Acting Chief

Don Hayes, Acting Chief of Police


Join us for National Night Out 2021

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When: August 3, 2021
            5:00 - 9:00 p.m. (event times may vary)

Participating Communities

National Night Out is a nationwide celebration to raise awareness about crime and drug prevention.  On August 3, Acting Chief Don Hayes and members of the Alexandria Police Department will visit with community members.  The APD K-9 Unit, Motor Unit, Bike Patrol, Command Bus, Armored Personnel Carrier and the Crime Scene Mobile Lab will tour neighborhoods and offer special demonstrations. 

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Fire/EMS Chief Corey Smedley, members of City Council, City Manager Mark Jinks, and other City and public safety officials will stop by the events to reaffirm the City’s commitment to keeping the Alexandria community safe and secure.  

Show us how you're celebrating National Night Out 2021.  Post your pictures and videos to social media with the hashtags: #ALXNNO21 #NNO21

News release is available at alexandriava.gov/123425.


Chief Brown Addresses Crime Concerns At Old Town North Community Meeting

In response to events that took place on April 6th, the community of Old Town North called a meeting with APD at the Charles Houston Recreation Center. Chief Michael Brown and APD Command staff addressed community concerns.


Our Mission

The mission of the Alexandria Police Department is to provide competent, courteous, professional and community oriented police services.  

Alexandria maintains a modern, highly trained, technically skilled, energetic, diverse and well-equipped police department, with a current authorized strength of 310 sworn and 109 civilian employees. Our staff provides courteous, efficient and timely service to residents, visitors and businesses in our City.

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How Do I?

Become a Police Officer Report a Crime Commend an Employee File A Complaint Request a Crash report
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Due to evolving concerns related to COVID-19, the Alexandria Police Department will be modifying our public services and programs to reduce exposures and inherent risks.  


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In response to many questions from the public over the last week, the Alexandria Police Department has shared a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers about accountability and use of force. The resource includes information about officer vetting and training; de-escalation tactics; how force may be used and must be reported; ways in which the department stays accountable to the community; body-worn and vehicle-mounted cameras; and other topics.


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Alexandria Police Department officers read stories to children via weekly videos. We hope you enjoy the stories and join us each week for a new reading. We also really appreciate all of the book recommendations. We are trying to coordinate to get some of the recommended books too.


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The year 2020 marks 150 years since the Alexandria Police Department was formally organized, and APD will be commemorating this milestone throughout 2020. Information about events and tributes will be posted online and through social media.


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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. The dates for the next police test will be posted here when scheduled.



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The Alexandria Police Department (APD) formed a Community Advisory Team to assist the Department in implementing relevant recommendations from the final report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. APD also developed the 21st Century Policing Plan which reflect the efforts of the department to promote positive relationships between the Department and the community it serves.


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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. Learn more...


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Why take the time to drive all the way to the police station when you can get your traffic collision report from the comfort of your own home or office? The Police Department has partnered with Carfax, Inc. to make collision reports available online. You can now obtain a copy of your report quickly and easily for only $5.00 per report. Visit http://www.crashdocs.org/va-alexandriapd to get your copy.



Alexandria Police Officers Speak Out on the Killing of George Floyd

On June 1, members of the Alexandria Police Department spoke from the heart about the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.

Read an open letter from Chief Michael L. Brown - June 1, 2020



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.

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