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 Jul 12, 2021 at 4:21 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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The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce recently honored dozens of public safety professionals, including members of the Sheriff’s Office, for their courageous and life-saving actions.


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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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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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The Sheriff's Office congratulates the three deputy sheriffs who recently graduated from Session 144 of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.


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Kids, complete at least 25 of the listed ideas before August 20 and receive a certificate and patch from the Sheriff’s Office.


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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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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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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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Since March 2020, ASO staff has been working hard to provide inmates with valuable services and programs while trying to protect them from the coronavirus.


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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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