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.

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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 held its annual Public Safety Valor Awards with an in-person ceremony for honorees only that was livestreamed to the public. Deputies Bebow, Neckles and Ocasio received life-saving awards at the August 27 ceremony.


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On August 8, 2020, 121 years after Benjamin Thomas was abducted from the jail and lynched, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne joined Mayor Justin Wilson in a remembrance ceremony. The Sheriff also issued a statement apologizing for jailers’ failure to protect the teenager.


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


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Congratulations to the seven deputy sheriffs who recently graduated in Session 142 of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.


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The Sheriff’s Office recently celebrated Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week with special activities to recognize our dedicated local probation and pretrial services team.


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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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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 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 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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