Office of the Chief

The Office of the Chief is composed of staff who report directly to the Police Chief, including finance, public relations, and professional responsibility (formerly known as Internal Investigations).

Page updated on Jul 20, 2021 at 1:05 PM

APD Don Hayes Acting Chief

As Acting Chief of Police, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. As you tour these pages, I hope you learn more about the services we provide and the professional police staff that serve you.

Our Department obtained CALEA Accreditation in 1986. The accreditation process is an ongoing effort to ensure we continue to improve our performance, standards and the services we provide to you. 

Our Department also embraces the concepts of the 21st Century Policing Plan and we recognize that our success lays in the ongoing support and trust built from the community we serve. For that reason, we open our department to you.  You are invited to review our strategic plans, policies, our 21st Century Policing Plan, and the assessments we conduct to track the progress of our efforts. 

I am proud of the Department and the dedicated police staff that devote their lives to making the City of Alexandria safe to live in and visit. Not only have they received local, state, and national recognition for their work in the community they routinely receive commendations from you, the community. 

Again, welcome to our website and we hope you enjoy your visit and getting to know us. We are here to serve you!

-Don Hayes, Acting Chief of Police

Office of External Affairs and Professional Responsibility

The Office of External Affairs and Professional Responsibility serves as a conduit of information for and provides coordination of efforts among the Police Department, the City Manager's Office, City Council and other City agencies in response to requests and inquiries from the public.

It is the Alexandria Police Department's policy to require its employees to obey all laws and department rules and to treat all persons fairly and with respect. To maintain public trust and confidence, it is also the policy of this department to objectively and thoroughly investigate all allegations of wrongdoing and to consistently and fairly administer discipline when appropriate. Public faith and trust in the Police Department and its employees are essential to the accomplishment our mission.

Public Information Office

The Alexandria Police Department Public Information Office operates on the understanding that social and traditional media are important and valuable resources to help keep the Alexandria community informed of serious crimes, safety issues and department events. The Public Information Office is staffed by a civilian Commander and a civilian Public Information Officer.

Public Information Officers (PIOs) respond to serious crimes, critical crash scenes and police scenes where the media is present. In addition, PIOs are responsible for notifying the City Manager about certain events and offenses that occur within the City. The Public Information Office is staffed Monday through Friday. PIOs are on-call and available 24 hours a day to answer requests from the media, department staff and the City Manager's Office.

The Public Information Office notifies the public of the following incidents:

  • Homicides/Suspicious Death
  • Felonious Assault (resulting in serious injury)
  • Sexual Assaults Involving Strangers
  • Fatal Crashes
  • Missing/Endangered child or senior citizen
  • Hostage/Barricade situation
  • Officer-involved shooting 
  • “Shots fired” calls (with evidence of crime)
  • Usage of a helicopter
  • Robberies

Follow the Alexandria Police Department on social media for the latest updates on police incidents and community events.

The PIO can be contacted at 703.746.6600.