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11/14/2018: This evening, the Alexandria Police Department concluded its Citizen's Police Academy with 15 graduates. This is the first Citizen's Academy we've had in several years. The Citizen's Police Academy shows citizens how the Alexandria Police Department operates and offers a better understanding of how your police department works.
This is one of many improvements to the police department that we've seen in the last few months under new Chief Jerrod King. The Academy met once a week for 7 weeks at the Public Safety Complex, and consisted of an overview of the Alexandria Police Department, patrol functions, a tour of the department, internal affairs, family violence, DWI enforcement procedures, explanation of the use of deadly force, pursuit policies, crime prevention, personal safety and crime scene investigation techniques.
"I'm extremely proud of the work we've done here, and I think it will give great perspective to the citizens of Alexandria who attended it," said Chief King. "Since I became Chief, I've tried to demonstrate that our department is committed to community policing, and in order to accomplish that goal, we have to be united with our citizens.
"We have to show them everything we do, and do our part not only as law enforcement, but as neighbors, as co-workers, and as friends. This Citizen's Academy is one more brick in the foundation of the Alexandria Police Department's commitment to community policing, and it's a privilege to meet with these folks and share what we're doing, and where we're going."
APD plans to host two Citizen's Academies per year, with the next one tentatively scheduled to begin in March, 2019.