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 Jan 16, 2019 at 12:25 PM

Alexandria Police Chief Michael BrownWelcome to the Alexandria Police Department website. While I was recently appointed as Chief of Police, I have been part of the Alexandria community for seven years. I can genuinely say that it is a privilege for me to lead this department and live in this wonderful community.

The employees of the Alexandria Police Department, both sworn and civilian, enjoy an excellent reputation with those who live and work in the City of Alexandria. During the recent 2017 Resident Survey, residents reported feeling safe in their communities, with 96% feeling safe in their neighborhood and 97% feeling safe in Old Town. Community policing results were positive, with three-quarters of residents positively rating the Police Department’s collaboration, responsiveness, and relationships with the community. Please take the time to learn about our police department’s bureaus, units, and services. We are here to assist you however possible. Our officers are not only a part of the department but a part of the Alexandria community.

The contents of the 21st Century Policing report and its recommendations have been reviewed by APD and this plan reflects the efforts of the department to promote positive relationships between the Department and the community it serves.  This plan is intended to offer some insight into APD’s continuing efforts to be professional, relevant, and maintain effective relationships with all residents within the community it serves.
-Michael L. Brown

Office of External Affairs and Professional Responsibility

The Office of External Affairs Professional Responsibility serves as a conduit for information and provide for coordination of effort between the Police Department, other City agencies, the City Manager's Office and City Council 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 keeping the Alexandria community informed of serious crimes, safety issues and department events. The Public Information Office is staffed by a civilian Commander, a civilian Public Information Officer and a part-time volunteer.

Public Information Officers (PIOs) respond to serious crime, critical crash scenes and to 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 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  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.