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 Jul 26, 2021 at 12:28 PM

Get to Know Your Police Department!

Alexandria Community Police Academy 

  

The Community Police Academy is hosting a special Fall 2021 make-up session for the participants who attended the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 virtual academies.  This will allow them the opportunity to participate in-person in the classes which were not offered during the virtual academy due to COVID-19 restrictions. These make-up classes will allow the participants to have the full experience of learning about all the services provided by Police Department.  Due to the smaller class size, we will be unable to enroll any additional participants for the Fall session.   

The plan is to resume the full in-person academy sessions in Spring 2022. 

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. 


WHEN: Check back for Spring 2022 dates    

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   mailto:virginia.obranovich@alexandriava.gov

Half-Day Alexandria Community Police Academy

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 classes during the winter and summer months. This academy allows residents and community members to learn about various aspects of the Police Department during the winter months. 

WHEN:   Check back for possible Fall 2021 dates

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 



Teen Law Enforcement Academy 


Considering a career in law enforcement?  This class, meeting every Thursday for 12 weeks, will help you gain a better understanding of your Alexandria Police Department (APD).  The members of the APD will share their knowledge and experience with you through presentations, demonstrations, displays and hands-on activities.    

WHEN: Our next session will be held in the Spring of 2021. 

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

The program is offered FREE of charge.  Participants of must be at 14 to 18 years of age and prefer to live or attend school in the City. Applicants must have clean criminal history.  For more information, email Officer Dylan Ignacio at   dylan.ignacio@alexandriava.gov 

Teen Law Enforcement Academy Curriculum  

  • Week 1– Introduction, Tour
  • Week 2 - Patrol/Community Outreach Division
  • Week 3 - K9
  • Week 4 - DUI Enforcement/Motor Unit
  • Week 5 - Vice Narcotics
  • Week 6 - Crime Scene Investigations
  • Week 7 - Criminal Investigations Section/Gangs
  • Week 8  - ADC Tour
  • Week 9 - Commonwealth Attorney/Magistrate
  • Week 10 - Polygraph/Hostage Negotiations
  • Week 11 - Special Operations Team/TAC
  • Week 12 - Graduation




 

                



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