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 Aug 14, 2019 at 1:31 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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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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More than 70 inmates got a head start on their reentry preparation by exploring services and programs at a resource fair at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center.


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Explore the role of the Sheriff’s Office in Alexandria’s criminal justice system by participating in the Sheriff's Community Academy, an informative four-week experience on Saturday mornings.


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Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, command staff members and several deputies celebrated the 36th annual National Night Out with residents across Alexandria.


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The Sheriff’s Office is aware of a telephone scam targeting residents who are told they owe money for outstanding fines or to avoid an arrest. The Sheriff’s Office does not make such calls and will never request payment over the phone.


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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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Lieutenant Sean Casey is among the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce “40 Under 40” honorees being recognized this year for their leadership, innovation and commitment to their community.


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Congratulations to the deputies who recently graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, including Deputy Walker who earned top honors in emergency vehicle operations.



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Deputies have been very active in working with students at Alexandria City Public Schools and in the community.


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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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