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Chief of Police - City of Alexandria, VA
The Opportunity
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is assisting the City of Alexandria, Virginia, in conducting a national search for the next Chief of Police of the Alexandria Police Department.  The candidate will be an innovative, knowledgeable, approachable, and committed leader who can manage the Alexandria Police Department’s (APD) continued efforts as a community-oriented policing agency that is committed to its community.

View the recruitment brochure to learn more about the position, the Department, and the City of Alexandria.

Alexandria Police Department
The Alexandria Police Department maintains a modern, technically skilled, and well-equipped police department, with staff that provides courteous, efficient, and timely service to residents, visitors, and businesses. The organizational structure of the Department includes four bureaus: Field Operations, Criminal Investigations, Administrative and Technology, and Community Engagement. The Department’s current authorized strength is 323 sworn and 113.63 civilian employees. The approved FY24 budget for the APD is ~$73.5 million, with the proposed FY25 budget increasing by 0.3%.

Deadline to apply: August 1, 2024
How to apply: To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to AlexandriaPoliceChief@theIACP.org.
Position: Chief of Police - City of Alexandria, VA
Organization: IACP
Location: Alexandria,  VA 
United States
Salary: $130,188-$233,143
Posting Start Date: 7/3/2024
Date Posted: 7/3/2024
Requirements Minimum Qualifications
Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or related field OR completion of two years of post-graduate work from an accredited
  • college or university on Public Administration, Police Administration, or related field plus five years as a captain or above.
  • Seven to nine years of leadership experience in similar sized law enforcement agency, with at least two years as a Deputy Chief of Police or equivalent experience.
  • Track record of working effectively in a culturally and ethnically diverse community.
  • Strong administrative, managerial, leadership, and communication skills.
Or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.

Required Licenses or Certifications
  • Maintain, or be able to obtain, certification as a Law Enforcement officer by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Certification in firearms proficiency

Desired Qualifications
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstration of ongoing professional development, such as graduation from a nationally recognized police management or leadership program.
  • Advanced training such as the FBI National Executive Institute, FBI National Academy, or the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.
  • Advanced training in relationship-based and/or community-based policing.
  • Broad police command experience with significant experience working with other government departments and other public safety entities.
  • The ability to speak another language, particularly Spanish, Amharic, or Arabic.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/2/2024
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44 Canal Center Plaza
Ste 200
Alexandria,  VA 22314
United States
(703) 647-6819
Meghann Casanova


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