Alexandria Police Department
|Alexandria Police Department|
|Common name||Alexandria Police|
Patch of the Alexandria Police Department
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|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)|
|Legal jurisdiction||Alexandria, Virginia|
|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 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. The APD has 315 sworn officers and 152 civilian employees. New officers are trained at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.
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.
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. Baker resigned on July 28 and was replaced by Deputy Chief Earl L. Cook. 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. 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. The Medal of Valor is the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers in the United States.
Patrol Operations Bureau
- Patrol Sector 1 - Old Town
- Patrol Sector 2 - Del Ray/Arlandria
- Patrol Sector 3 - West End
- Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS)
The Investigations Bureau investigates major crimes, including allegations of police misconduct. The bureau is headed by Deputy Chief David Huchler and has 91 employees and 65 to 80 volunteers.
- Criminal Investigation Section
- Crime Scene Investigation Section
- Vice Narcotics Section
- Media Services Unit
- Internal Investigations
Administrative Services Bureau
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
Operations Support Bureau
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. The Operations Support Bureau contains several specialized units:
- Special Operations Team (SOT)
- 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. 
Rank structure, insignia and uniform
These are the current ranks of the Alexandria Police Department:
|Chief of Police||White shirt, blue pants||Gold badge|
|Assistant Chief of Police||White shirt, blue pants||Gold badge|
|Deputy Chief of Police||White shirt, blue pants||Gold badge|
|Captain||White shirt, blue pants||Gold badge|
|Lieutenant||White shirt, blue pants||Gold badge|
|Sergeant||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.
Since the establishment of the Alexandria Police Department, 17 officers have died in the line of duty.
|Officer||Date of Death||Details|
|Constable Elijah Chenault||
|Watchman Gerrard Arnold||
|Private Julian F. Arnold||
|Private George W. Crump||
|Private Walker W. Campbell||
|Sergeant Elton B. Hummer||
|Sergeant Charles R. Mcclary||
|Private Whitfield W. Lipscombe||
|Private August Perault Pierce||
|Corporal Clarence J. Mcclary||
|Private Robert B. Harris||
|Private Bobby G. Padgett||
|Deputy Inspector James W. Baber||
|Private Eugene Yoakum||
|Detective Conrad Lee Birney||
|Corporal Charles William Hill||
|Sergeant Morton "Morty" Ford||
||Duty related illness|
- "Police Department - City of Alexandria, VA". Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. "A Message from the Executive Director". Retrieved 17 May 2010.
- Alexandria Police Association (2006). Alexandria Police Department. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 9780738543406.
- The Washington Times (28 July 2009). "Alexandria police chief retires after DUI arrest". The Washington Times. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
- Allison Klein (12 September 2009). "Onetime Titan is Now Chief of Alexandria's Police Department". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
- "Chief Cook Retires | Recent News". alexandriapolicefoundation.org. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
- "Officers who responded to Alexandria baseball shooting receive Medal of Valor". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
- Alexandria Police Department (23 February 2010). "Patrol Operations Bureau". Retrieved 17 May 2010.
- Alexandria Police Department (26 February 2010). "Investigations Bureau". Retrieved 17 May 2010.
- Alexandria Police Department (23 November 2009). "Administrative Services Bureau". Retrieved 17 May 2010.
- Alexandria Police Department (23 November 2009). "Operations Support Bureau". Retrieved 17 May 2010.
- Officer Down Memorial page