Sheriff's Office

The Alexandria Sheriff's Office is responsible for the operation of the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, security of the Alexandria Courthouse, service of court legal documents, execution of court orders, transportation of prisoners, and general public safety and law enforcement. The Sheriff's Office is accredited by the American Correctional Association, National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Page updated on Sep 9, 2021 at 11:04 AM
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Dana Lawhorne is now serving in his fourth term of office as Sheriff for the City of Alexandria. A lifelong Alexandrian, Sheriff Lawhorne has dedicated his life to public service and building partnerships with the community and criminal justice agencies.


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The Alexandria Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for the position of Deputy Sheriff. Starting pay is $54,287, plus built-in overtime. Learn about the job, qualifications and benefits, and begin a rewarding criminal justice career!


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Inmates recently participated in a writing contest coordinated by Heard with prizes awarded in fiction, non-fiction and poetry categories.


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In partnership with the Department of Community and Human Services, the Sheriff's Office is providing Narcan and fentanyl test strips, along with substance use treatment and peer support information, to individuals being released from jail.


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On August 8, 2021, 122 years after Benjamin Thomas was abducted from the jail and lynched, Captain Sean Casey delivered remarks from the Sheriff apologizing for jailers’ failure to protect the teenager.


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The George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently presented awards to Deputies Joseph Runquist and Sean Williams.


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With more and more people vaccinated against COVID-19, the Sheriff’s Office is extending our outreach work and connecting at with the community at public and special events. 


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Scammers try different ways to try to con people, like saying they are with the Sheriff’s Office. But actual sheriffs' offices in Virginia will never call you and demand money.


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Inmate Services staff have been working to re-start educational and reentry preparation programs, previously impacted by COVID-19 protocols, without putting anyone at risk.


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Following more than four decades of law enforcement service, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne will be retiring when his term expires at the end of this year.


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Going out of town? The Sheriff’s Office can help keep an eye on your home while you’re away.


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Keep up to date on the latest news from the Alexandria Sheriff's Office! Check out the monthly bulletin online or receive it through the City's eNews service by subscribing to Sheriff's Office News.


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Learn more about the Sheriff's Office's use of force policy through this overview.


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Learn more about how the Alexandria Sheriff's Office interacts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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The Sheriff's Office Correctional Services Advisory Board (CSAB) is a citizen-based body that advises, supports and assists in the coordination of community resources that benefit individuals incarcerated in the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center.


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Get connected with the Sheriff’s Office on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so “like” and “follow” us for the latest news on community outreach, staff achievements, employment opportunities and more.


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The Administrative Services Bureau is responsible for developing and managing the agency’s annual budget, developing policy and technology, hiring and training all Sheriff's Office employees, managing the Office's financial affairs and other administrative functions.


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The Detention Center Bureau manages the security of the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, which houses more than 350 inmates. 


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The Judicial and Special Operations Bureau is responsible for the safe and secure operation of the Alexandria Courthouse, as well as warrant service and other specialized functions.


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The Support Services Bureau is responsible for managing the facility and delivering services to inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center.


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