Alexandria Police Department

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Alexandria Police Department
Common name Alexandria Police
Abbreviation APD
Alexandria Police Patch.JPG
Patch of the Alexandria Police Department
Agency overview
Formed 1870
Employees 467
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Alexandria in the state of Virginia, USA
Map of Alexandria Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size 15.4 square miles (40 km2)
Population 155,810
Legal jurisdiction Alexandria, Virginia
Governing body City
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Alexandria, Virginia
Police Officers 315
Civilians 152
Agency executive Michael L. Brown, Chief of Police
Official Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Alexandria Police Department (APD) is the primary law enforcement agency servicing 146,294 people within 15.4 square miles (40 km2) of jurisdiction within Alexandria, Virginia. The APD has been internationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1986 and was reaccredited in 1991, 1996, 2001, 2004 and 2007.[1] The APD has 315 sworn officers and 152 civilian employees. New officers are trained at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.[2] On August 25, 2009, Earl L. Cook became the first African-American Chief of Police.[3]


Night watchmen and constables were employed by the city since 1797.[4] The Alexandria Police Department was founded in 1870.[4]

Chief David P. Baker (appointed in 2006) was arrested on July 25, 2009 for drunk driving after crashing his official vehicle in neighboring Arlington County, Virginia.[5] Baker resigned on July 28[5] and was replaced by Deputy Chief Earl L. Cook.[6] On October 1st 2016 Chief Earl Cook retired after 37 years and Deputy Chief David Huchler was appointed Interim Chief of Police while the IACP searched for a replacement.[7] On January 16th Michael L. Brown, former chief of police for the California Highway Patrol was announced as the successor to Earl Cook.


Patrol Operations Bureau[edit]

The Patrol Operations Bureau is responsible for patrolling neighborhoods and responding to 9-1-1 calls. They also provide traffic enforcement and conduct preliminary investigations of crimes.[8]

Patrol Sectors:

  • Patrol Sector 1 - Old Town
  • Patrol Sector 2 - Del Ray/Arlandria
  • Patrol Sector 3 - West End

Patrol Support

  • Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS)

Investigations Bureau[edit]

The Investigations Bureau investigates major crimes, including allegations of police misconduct. The bureau is headed by an unknown person at this time and has 91 employees and 65 to 80 volunteers.[9]


  • Criminal Investigation Section
  • Crime Scene Investigation Section
  • Vice Narcotics Section
  • Media Services Unit
  • Internal Investigations

Administrative Services Bureau[edit]

The Administrative Services Bureau is commanded by Deputy Chief Dianne Gittins and includes the following division and units:

  • Communications Center (911)
  • Technology, Data and Analysis Division
  • Crime Analysis Unit
  • Personnel and Training
  • Facilities Management[10]

Operations Support Bureau[edit]

The Operations Support Bureau provides support to the other three bureaus within the Police Department. The Operations Support Bureau contains several specialized units including K-9, Motors, school resource officers, parking enforcement, school crossing guards, and the Special Operations Team.This bureau is also responsible for Police Department’s Incident Command System and is fully National Incident Management System compliant.[11]

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Alexandria Police Department, 16 officers have died in the line of duty.[12]

Officer Date of Death Details
Constable Elijah Chenault
Monday, August 4, 1823
Watchman Gerrard Arnold
Sunday, September 9, 1827
Private Julian F. Arnold
Sunday, May 15, 1887
Private George W. Crump
Thursday, December 28, 1893
Gunfire (Accidental)
Private Walker W. Campbell
Sunday, February 16, 1919
Sergeant Elton B. Hummer
Saturday, August 18, 1928
Sergeant Charles R. Mcclary
Thursday, June 20, 1929
Private Whitfield W. Lipscombe
Thursday, September 4, 1930
Automobile accident
Private August Perault Pierce
Sunday, September 7, 1930
Corporal Clarence J. Mcclary
Sunday, March 17, 1935
Private Robert B. Harris
Saturday, September 11, 1948
Private Bobby G. Padgett
Wednesday, February 4, 1959
Deputy Inspector James W. Baber
Friday, October 19, 1962
Heart attack
Private Eugene Yoakum
Sunday, September 27, 1964
Detective Conrad Lee Birney
Wednesday, December 27, 1972
Corporal Charles William Hill
Wednesday, March 22, 1989



Contact the Alexandria Police Department's Personnel & Training Division located at APD HQ 3600 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304

Phone: 703.746.6730 Fax: 703.746.1908 Hours of Operations: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Police Department - City of Alexandria, VA". Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. "A Message from the Executive Director". Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Alexandria Office of Communications (25 August 2009). "City of Alexandria Names Earl L. Cook Chief of Police". Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Alexandria Police Association (2006). Alexandria Police Department. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 9780738543406. 
  5. ^ a b The Washington Times (28 July 2009). "Alexandria police chief retires after DUI arrest". The Washington Times. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Allison Klein (12 September 2009). "Onetime Titan is Now Chief of Alexandria's Police Department". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Chief Cook Retires | Recent News". Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  8. ^ Alexandria Police Department (23 February 2010). "Patrol Operations Bureau". Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Alexandria Police Department (26 February 2010). "Investigations Bureau". Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Alexandria Police Department (23 November 2009). "Administrative Services Bureau". Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Alexandria Police Department (23 November 2009). "Operations Support Bureau". Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  12. ^ Officer Down Memorial page

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