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 475
Volunteers 80 [1]
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 323
Civilians 152
Agency executive Michael L. Brown, Chief of Police
* 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 155,810[2] 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.[3] The APD has 315 sworn officers and 152 civilian employees. New officers are trained at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.[4]


Night watchmen and constables were employed by the city since 1797.[5]

The Alexandria Police Department was founded on July 15th, 1870. When the city authorized a formal police department, the board of police elected a captain, a lieutenant, and 19 patrolmen. All officers were issued star-shaped tin badges, but they had to supply their own uniforms and guns.[5]

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.[6] Baker resigned on July 28[6] and was replaced by Deputy Chief Earl L. Cook.[7] 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.[8] On January 16th Michael L. Brown, former Chief of Police for the California Highway Patrol was announced as the successor to Earl Cook.

Three officers from the Alexandria Police Department received the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor on July 27, 2017, in recognition of their heroism during the June 14 shooting incident at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.[9] The Medal of Valor is the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers in the United States.


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.[10]

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.[11] The bureau is headed by Deputy Chief David Huchler and has 91 employees and 65 to 80 volunteers.[12]


  • 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[13]

Operations Support Bureau[edit]

The Operations Support Bureau provides support to the other three bureaus within the Police Department. This bureau is also responsible for Police Department’s Incident Command System and is fully National Incident Management System compliant.[14] The Operations Support Bureau contains several specialized units:

  • Special Operations Team (SOT)
  • K-9
  • Motors
  • School Resource Officers (SRO)
  • Parking Enforcement
  • School Crossing Guards
  • Hack Inspector
  • Office of Homeland Security and Operational Preparedness (HS/OP)

HS/OP is responsible for the traditional Homeland Security functions to include: maintaining a liaison with federal, state, local and military terrorism/intelligence counterparts; partnership in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Force, and review and local follow-up investigations of related police reports and bulletins regarding international or domestic terrorism matters. [15]

Rank structure, insignia and uniform[edit]

These are the current ranks of the Alexandria Police Department:

Title Insignia Uniform Badge Style
Chief of Police
US-O10 insignia.svg
White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
Assistant Chief of Police
US-O9 insignia.svg
White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
Deputy Chief of Police
US-O8 insignia.svg
White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
US-O3 insignia.svg
White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
US-O2 insignia.svg
White shirt, blue pants Gold badge
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Gray shirt, blue pants Gold badge
Police officer
Gray shirt, blue pants Silver badge
Recruit officer
Navy blue shirt, navy blue pants None

Recruit officer is the initial rank of oncoming Alexandria Police Officer, held while undergoing training at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. Upon graduation from the academy Recruit officers are appointed to the rank of Police Officer and enter the Police Training Officer Program.

APD adopts a rank differentiation method via the uniforms worn. Police Officer 1 up through the rank of Police Officer 4 wear gray shirts and silver badges with 'A.P.D.' insignia pinned on each side of the collar and silver cap plates. Sergeants also wear the same gray shirt but they wear gold badges, gold collar insignia, and gold cap plates instead of silver.

Higher-ranking officers (Lieutenant and above) wear white shirts with gold badges with gold 'A.P.D.' insignia pinned on each side of the collar. Their insignia of rank is displayed on the shoulder epaulettes of the uniform (as in the military). The badges and cap plates for higher-ranking officers are gold and engraved with the wearers rank-title.

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Alexandria Police Department, 17 officers have died in the line of duty.[16]

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
Sergeant Morton "Morty" Ford
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Duty related illness


See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Police Department - City of Alexandria, VA". Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. "A Message from the Executive Director". Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Alexandria Police Association (2006). Alexandria Police Department. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 9780738543406. 
  6. ^ a b The Washington Times (28 July 2009). "Alexandria police chief retires after DUI arrest". The Washington Times. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Allison Klein (12 September 2009). "Onetime Titan is Now Chief of Alexandria's Police Department". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chief Cook Retires | Recent News". Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  9. ^ "Officers who responded to Alexandria baseball shooting receive Medal of Valor". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-30. 
  10. ^ Alexandria Police Department (23 February 2010). "Patrol Operations Bureau". Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
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  12. ^ Alexandria Police Department (26 February 2010). "Investigations Bureau". Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  13. ^ Alexandria Police Department (23 November 2009). "Administrative Services Bureau". Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  14. ^ Alexandria Police Department (23 November 2009). "Operations Support Bureau". Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ Officer Down Memorial page

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