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 Sep 6, 2019 at 1:37 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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This summer inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center took part in a writing contest coordinated by Heard, a creative arts initiative offering marginalized adults the opportunity to be heard.


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The George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently recognized four members of the Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding service.


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The Sheriff's Office is seeking reaccreditation of the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections through compliance with American Correctional Association standards. The Commission will conduct its audit September 23 through 25.


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


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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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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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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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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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