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Apply NOW for the Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy!

APD 31st Citizen's Academy class in Alexandria, Virginia
Get to know your Police Department! The FREE 10-week Alexandria Citizens’ 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. 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.

The academy will be held every Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM at the Police Department’s Headquarters in the Community Room, located on the 1st floor. The headquarters is located at 3600 Wheeler Ave in Alexandria. Classes begin on September 7, 2016 and will end with a formal graduation ceremony.

The program is offered free of charge, however as a condition of participating in the Citizens’ Police Academy, each participant will be asked to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours per year post graduation. This would involve events such as assisting with parades, road races, National Night Out, Project SafeAssured, etc.

Class size is limited. Due to the popularity of the class, it is asked that participants commit to attending all 10 sessions. Participants of the Police Citizens’ Academy must be at least 21 years of age and live or work in the City of Alexandria. In addition, Criminal History checks will be conducted on all applicants for final approval of acceptance.

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.

For more information on the Police Citizens’ Academy, visit this link or e-mail the Volunteer Office. Download the application online (PDF).

The deadline for registrations is MONDAY, August 15, 2016.


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