Respect, Responsibility & Results
It is the mission of the Alexandria Sheriff's Office to protect the life and property of our citizens and those placed in our custody and to provide quality services to the people of the City of Alexandria. We will serve our community with honor, integrity, and compassion, and will fulfill, with dedication to excellence, all legal mandates prescribed by our federal, State, and local governments.
The Alexandria Sheriff's Office operates according to its Core Values, those principles or beliefs that guide our Office both internally and externally, and which allow us to fulfill our mission. They are non-negotiable and serve as our foundation for excellence. View Our Core Values >>
The Alexandria Sheriff's Office is responsible for the operation of the Detention Center, courthouse and courtroom security, service of all court legal documents, execution of court orders, transportation of prisoners, execution of arrest warrants, and general public safety and law enforcement.
Alexandria’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) held its annual awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 12 at Alexandria Police headquarters. Hosted by Mayor William D. Euille, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Police Chief Earl Cook and Liz Wixson from the Department of Community and Human Services, the event honored four Alexandria Crisis Intervention Team members, including Deputy Michael Cole.
The Sheriff’s Office hosted its annual Thanksgiving program for inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center on Thursday, November 21. The program featured a musical performance and readings by inmates, as well as a performance by guest singer Jacqueline Jones.
Deputy Andrea Diaz was one of three Alexandria law enforcement officers honored by the Optimist Club of Alexandria for their contributions to public safety and to the community. At a luncheon at Belle Haven Country Club on Wednesday, October 23, Optimist Club President Sue Wilson presented Deputy Diaz and two police officers with the “Respect for Law” award in recognition of their distinguished service.
The Sheriff’s Office saluted to its dedicated volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, October 29. More than 200 volunteers provide specialized assistance and outreach to inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, offering religious services, Bible study, substance abuse recovery programs, tutoring, and even yoga and meditation.
The Sheriff’s Office recently partnered with the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria for Project Sticker Shock, an educational campaign to remind adults about the dangers and consequences of buying alcohol for anyone under 21. On Saturday, October 19, Deputy Valarie Wright and other adults accompanied T.C. Williams students to 60 stores throughout Alexandria where they placed “STOP” stickers on multi-packs of alcohol.
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office provides child safety seat inspections for City residents. This free service is available by appointment only. To request this service, please call 703.746.4114 during regular business hours and a deputy will follow up to schedule an appointment.
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The Detention Center Bureau is the largest of the Sheriff’s Office's four organizational bureaus. Under the command of Chief Deputy Clarke Stearns, the Bureau is responsible for managing the Alexandria Detention Center's security function and is comprised of the Security Division. The Security Division supervises Security Teams, Special Management Sergeant, and Visitors Center operations, among other responsibilities.
The Judicial and Special Operations Bureau, under the command of Chief Deputy Timothy Gleeson, is the arm of the Sheriff’s Office most visible to the general public, with of its work performed in the streets and neighborhoods of Alexandria, or under the watchful eye of citizens who frequent the Alexandria Courthouse. The Bureau encompasses the Judicial Operations and Special Operations Sections, which are responsible for functions that serve the courts and perform security, warrant service and other special operations functions in the communities of Alexandria.
The Administrative Services Bureau, under the director of Undersheriff Tony Davis, is responsible for developing and managing the agency’s annual budget, hiring and training all Sheriff's Office employees, providing administrative support and for managing the Office's financial affairs. The Bureau also provides for policy development and technology to support the Office's operations.
Inmate/Support Services is responsible for several important tasks that help facilitate the security and safety of the Detention Center through the intake/classification, case management inmate programming and facility maintenance.
Volunteers are an essential part of the work of the Sheriff’s Office. Many rehabilitative programs offered to inmates are conceived of or delivered by volunteers, and our volunteers are at the heart of Detention Center programming. Regardless of your skills, your interest in being a volunteer with the Sheriff’s Office is much appreciated so please explore the opportunities and procedures to joining our team and making a difference in our community!