Community Police Academy

The 10-week Alexandria Community 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.

Page updated on Feb 15, 2018 at 1:15 PM

Get to Know Your Police Department!


Alexandria Community Police Academy 

No longer taking applications for Spring class, Fall Class will be announced later this year. 

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 every Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m starting on March 7, 2018 thru May 9, 2018 with graduation on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

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. For more information, email the Volunteer Office at  virginia.obranovich@alexandriava.gov


Half-Day Alexandria Community Police Academy

No longer taking applications for One Day class, next classes will be held in the summer. 

Get to know the Alexandria Police Department (APD) in an abbreviated half-day session. Thanks to the popularity of our 10 week Community Police Academy, APD is offering a half-day class this winter. This academy allows residents and community members to learn about various aspects of the Police Department during the winter months. 

WHEN: There are two half-day sessions offered this winter: Saturday, January 27, 2018 and Saturday, February 17, 2018. The sessions will be held at Alexandria Police Department Headquarters at 3600 Wheeler Ave from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

WHAT: Topics will include patrol operations, use of force policies, the K9 Unit, Special Operations Team, crime scene investigation and criminal investigations.

The program is offered FREE of charge.  Participants of must be at least 18 years of age and live or work in the City. Criminal History checks will be conducted on all applicants for final approval of acceptance. For more information, email the Volunteer Office at  virginia.obranovich@alexandriava.gov

Half-Day Alexandria Community Police Curriculum

  • 8:30 am to 9 am - registration and meet/greet instructors
  • 9 am to 10 am - Chief/Overview of Department/Patrol Bureau
  • 10 am to 11 am - Use of Force/ Internal Investigations/Firearms Training Simulator
  • 11 am to 12 noon - K9 Unit/Special Operations Demonstrations
  • 12 noon to 1 pm - Crime Scene Investigations and Criminal Investigations Tour


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