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 the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Page updated on Jan 15, 2020 at 12:43 PM
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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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Apply now for the spring session of the Sheriff's Community Academy, an informative four-week experience on Saturday mornings. Explore the role of the Sheriff’s Office in Alexandria’s criminal justice system!


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The American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections has formally reaccredited the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center following an on-site audit last fall.


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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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Congratulations to the new deputies who recently graduated from Session 141 of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy!


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Nearly 200 children of Alexandria inmates received toys, games, books and other gifts this holiday season, thanks to Operation Elf supporters and the Sheriff’s Office.


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Dozens of inmates active in educational, sobriety and other programs recently attended a special Thanksgiving event.


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Beginning July 29, sworn members of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office will be wearing navy blue instead of brown as the agency transitions to new uniforms.


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(Updated: July 24, 2019) Learn more about how the Alexandria Sheriff's Office interacts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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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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Get connected with the Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, 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 nearly 400 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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