City of Alexandria Academy Programs
Alexandria City Academy
The Alexandria City Academy spring 2023 session will be held in-person on Thursday evenings starting on March 9 and ending on May 4, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for nine weeks at various locations throughout the CIty. Please note one class will be held Saturday morning (March 25) and another class on Tuesday evening (April 4). The programs provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the City government's wide range of functions, services, activities and issues through first-hand experience and interaction with staff, and how to become engaged and involved in the community.
Community Fire Academy
The spring 2023 session of the Community Fire Academy will begin on Thursday, March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. for eight weeks, ending with graduation on May 4. There will also be four Saturday morning classes. This Academy will educate the Alexandria community members about fire safety and emergency medical response, while learning about the history, administration, operations, and apparatus of an urban public safety agency. Participants will also learn about a "day in the life" of a firefighter/medic.
Community Police Academy
The spring 2023 Community Police Academy will be held on Wednesday evenings for nine weeks starting March 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and ending on May 10 with graduation. The classes are a combination of presentations and interactive activities. Class topics will include patrol operations, gangs, crime prevention, K9, criminal investigations and the Special Operations team. The curriculum covers the core elements that are essential for participants to gain a greater understanding of police operations.
Sheriff's Community Academy
Applications are now being accepted for the next Sheriff's Community Academy. The spring session begins on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with graduation on the morning of Saturday, April 1. The informative four-week experience explores the role of the Sheriff's Office in Alexandria's criminal justice system. Learn about your Sheriff's Office by touring the jail, going behind the scene at the courthouse, and meeting with deputies responsible for the care and custody of approximately 350 inmates every day. Also discover how the Sheriff's Office enhances public safety through a variety of specialized services and outreach programs.
The spring 2023 session of the Eco-City Academy has been postponed. Plans for the next session (fall 2023) will be posted here. This course is an opportunity to become an Eco-City Ambassador, take actions to increase Alexandria’s sustainability, learn about environmental challenges and contribute to daily sustainable practices to reach the City’s objectives for the Environmental Action Plan 2040. Special tours may be included.
The Senior Services Community Academy will resume in the fall of 2023. Classes are held on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for four weeks. This Academy features overviews from city officials and departments on how the city operates with an emphasis on programs and services for older adults, and how to become engaged and involved in the community!.The sessions are free.
Community Commonwealth's Attorney Academy
The 3-week Commonwealth's Attorney Community Academy has been postponed until further notice. The Academy will discuss a variety of topics ranging from lectures steered by assistant prosecutors, Victim Witness Advocates and information about advancements in Virginia Law. Each session will also allow time for question and answer discourse. Email Sarayu.Kulumani@alexandriava.gov for information on the next session.
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