Join APD


Learn more about the application process to become a Police Officer.


Learn more about the application process to join APD as a P.O.S.T. Certified Police Officer.


APD offers several employment opportunities including communications officer and police records clerk.

Police Officer Salary

The salary for recruit candidates starts at $36,500 (includes $600 state supplemental pay) during the Academy and increases to $42,500 (includes $600 state supplemental pay) after Academy graduation. College graduates with qualified degrees can earn up to an additional $600/yr for an associate degree, $1200/yr for bachelor’s degree, $2500/yr for master’s degree and $3000/yr for a Doctoral degree. Applicants hired with a P.O.S.T. certificate will receive $42,500 (includes $600 state supplemental pay) per year starting salary.

Other pay incentives include:

  • Night shift differential pay
  • Special duty pay (training opportunities)
  • Paid overtime

Police Officer Career Opportunities

Continuing its commitment of excellence to our citizens and officers, the Alexandria Police Department offers a variety of opportunities for police officers.

We encourage our officers to pursue a career path that best utilizes their talents in the following units: 

  • Patrol Division
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Public Information
  • Training Division and Academy
  • Field Training Officer (F.T.O.)
  • Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.)
  • Community Policing
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Recruiting
  • Motorcycle Division
  • K-9
  • DWI Task Force
  • Internal Affairs
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Narcotics
  • Property Control & Evidence
  • L.A.C.E. Patrol (Traffic/DWI)
  • Honor Guard
  • Warrant Officer
  • D.A.R.E Officer
  • Critical Incident Training Officer
  • Hostage Negotiations

Employment Benefits


Vacation is earned at the following rate:

  • 1 year but less than 10 years = 180 working hours
  • 10 years but less than 15 years = 216 working hours
  • 15 years but less than 20 years = 240 working hours
  • 20 years or more = 264 working hours

*The initial earning of leave and future increases will begin on the first day of the first pay period after completion of 1 year of continuous service and thereafter the applicable continuous service anniversary date.


Police Officers with the Alexandria Police Department belong to the Municipal Police Employees Retirement System (MPERS). The current retirement plan is:  

  • 3.33% accrual rate
  • 3 year or 36 month average final compensation
  • 25 years of service at any age – Regular Retirement
  • 12 years of service at age 55 – Regular Retirement
  • 20 years of service at any age reduced from 55 – Early Retirement
  • 30 years of service shall equal 90% of 36month average final compensation
  • DROP/IBO must be eligible for regular retirement only to participate

View more information on MPERS


The City of Alexandria recognizes 11 holidays per year. These holidays are listed below:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Any new holidays proclaimed by the City Council


Health insurance is extended to police officers/employees.  The City of Alexandria pays 85% of police officers/employees health insurance. Vision and dental plans are available.


Free Basic Life Benefit:  $10,000 plus an additional $10,000 accidental death benefit

*The City of Alexandria provides life insurance for the police officer


We offer a voluntary, work-based program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees who have personal and/or work-related issues.


The City of Alexandria recognizes the importance of education and offers an excellent tuition reimbursement program to its officers.


Each employee is entitled to sick leave with full pay for any illness or injury, not brought about by his own negligence or culpable indiscretion, which prevents his attendance at duty for a period of 52 weeks.


The City of Alexandria offers an employee the opportunity to become a member of 457 deferred compensation plan program. This is a pre-tax dollar plan that is designed to supplement retirement income.


GLOCK 9-mm-caliber handgun, uniforms, ballistic vest, ballistic shield package, all leather gear and rain gear.

Employee Credit Union

Employee Medical Clinic