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The Alexandria Sheriff's Office is responsible for the operation of the Detention Center, courthouse and courtroom security, service of all court legal documents, execution of court orders, transportation of prisoners, execution of arrest warrants, and general public safety and law enforcement.

Page updated on Sep 29, 2016 at 4:27 PM
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Dana Lawhorne is now serving in his third 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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Through “Open Roads,” a partnership between Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and the Sheriff’s Office, eligible inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center are able to pursue their education with college courses taught in the jail by NOVA professors.


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Artwork created by inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center will be exhibited at Art on the Avenue, the annual arts and music festival in Del Ray, on Saturday, October 1. 


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The week before Alexandria City Public Schools opened for the new school year, the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office conducted “Are You Ready for School?,” an operational campaign to increase the safety of students coming and going to school. 


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Throughout the summer and now with kids back in school, the Sheriff’s Office has stayed involved in outreach efforts for the City’s youth.


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Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, members of his command staff and several deputies recently participated in National Night Out -- a nationwide crime prevention effort -- by joining the community at neighborhood cookouts, block parties and ice cream socials throughout Alexandria.


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As a member of the Alexandria Reentry Council, the Sheriff’s Office recently participated in the Fair Chance Business Summit, the first program of its kind in Alexandria to help educate local employers about the benefits of hiring ex-offenders.


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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 Alexandria Sheriff’s Office provides free child safety seat inspections by appointment only to people who live or work in the City of Alexandria. To make an appointment, call 703.746.4114 during regular business hours or use the online option anytime.


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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 and Support Services Bureau is responsible for managing and delivering services to the Sheriff’s Office staff, to inmates in the Detention Center, and to the community.


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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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Volunteers are an essential part of the work of the Sheriff’s Office and support many rehabilitative, educational and spiritual programs offered to our inmates.


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