Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions on job opportunities with the Police department.

Page updated on Nov 2, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What job opportunities are available?

A:  A complete listing of all City positions is available if you click here.


Q: How do I check the status of my application?

A:  Once an application is submitted, it may take up to three weeks to be processed. Applications will be forwarded to the department after the closing date listed on the position announcement. You may contact the Personnel Services Employment Division at (703) 746-3777 to determine if your application has been received.


Q: When is the next Police Officer Exam?

A:  The next Police Officer Exam Date will be announced in the News/Updates box on this website under How To Become A Police Officer. If an announcement is not listed please check back at a later date.


Q: I am applying to be a Police Officer. Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen?

A:  Yes. At the time you submit your application, you need to be a U.S. Citizen. If you are currently in the process to become a U.S. Citizen, you will need to re-apply once you obtain your documentation of U.S. Citizenship.


Q: I am currently a Police Officer outside of the Northern Virginia area. Do you take lateral transfers?

A:  No. The Alexandria Police Department is an accredited police department. In order to maintain our accreditation, all officers are required to have graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy. Applicants who are N.V.C.J.A. certified may contact the Police Recruiter regarding an expedited process.


Q: I have taken the Police Test in the past. How long do I need to wait before I can re-apply?

A: If you have only completed the entrance examination, you can re-apply at any time. If you have continued in the process to include taking the polygraph examination, you must wait one year from the date of your most recent application to re-apply.

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