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 Mar 2, 2021 at 2:10 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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Working with local and national law enforcement, the Sheriff’s Office provided staffing to support security efforts at the 14th Street Bridge, U.S. Capitol and Reagan National Airport.


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Sheriff's Office security team and medical staff continue to monitor inmates. Employees are now receiving vaccines.


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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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Through Operation Elf, children with an incarcerated parent can receive holidays gifts, including toys, games, gift cards and books.


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Alexandria American Legion Post 24 recently selected the 26-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office for his exceptional service.


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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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The Sheriff’s Office organized its first team for No-Shave November, with employees donating $1200 for cancer charities.


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With the winter holidays presenting an added challenge for many in the community this year, the Sheriff’s Office worked with others to deliver Thanksgiving meals and holiday cheer.


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Congratulations to the six deputies who recently graduated with Session 143 of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy!


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


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Since early March, 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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To reduce COVID-19 (coronavirus) risks to inmates and staff, the Sheriff’s Office is modifying certain programs and protocols, including increased medical screening and implementation of video visitation.


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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, 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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