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 Nov 23, 2021 at 9:59 AM
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The Alexandria Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for the position of Deputy Sheriff. Starting pay is $55,101, plus built-in overtime. Learn about the job, qualifications and benefits, and begin a rewarding criminal justice career!


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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 George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently awarded Sheriff Lawhorne the Silver Good Citizenship Medal in recognition of his considerable contributions to Alexandria public safety.


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In the spirit of the holiday season, the Sheriff’s Office is hosting Operation Elf to help the families of inmates and accepting gift donations for their children.


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Inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center recently crafted blankets to increase awareness of important health and safety issues.


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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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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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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, Instagram and YouTube 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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