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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 Dec 8, 2016 at 8:01 AM
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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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The Sheriff’s Office, Department of Community and Human Services and Community Services Board recently hosted the 28th anniversary celebration of the Sober Living Unit at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center.


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The Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the Alexandria City Public Schools and Alexandria Fire Department for “Read Across Alexandria,” a new initiative to bring guest readers into classrooms to read to elementary students.


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The Sheriff’s Office remains active and engaged in the Alexandria community, most recently taking part in efforts for youth and seniors and raising awareness of domestic violence and bullying.


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The Sheriff’s Office teamed up with Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA) for Project Sticker Shock, an educational campaign alerting adults to the dangers and legal consequences of buying alcohol for anyone under 21.


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The Sheriff’s Office recently honored its corps of dedicated volunteers at the annual appreciation luncheon.


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The Sheriff’s Office recently held a ceremony to honor several inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center who successfully completed the Thinking for a Change program.


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Inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center have access to a growing collection of popular novels, self-help books, literary classics and a variety of non-fiction books.


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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 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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