Sheriff's Office

Page updated on Aug 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne
 Sheriff Lawhorne
Biography
Sheriff's Message

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Alexandria Sheriff's Office to protect the life and property of our citizens and those placed in our custody and to provide quality services to the people of the City of Alexandria. We will serve our community with honor, integrity, and compassion, and will fulfill, with dedication to excellence, all legal mandates prescribed by our federal, state, and local governments.

Core Values

The Alexandria Sheriff's Office operates according to its Core Values, those principles or beliefs that guide our Office both internally and externally, and which allow us to fulfill our mission. They are non-negotiable and serve as our foundation for excellence. View Our Core Values >> 

Office Overview

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.

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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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Sheriff’s deputies collected 320 pounds of unwanted and potentially dangerous drugs during a recent Drug Take Back event outside The Neighborhood Pharmacy in Del Ray.


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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 an audit of this agency on Monday, September 19 through Wednesday, September 21.


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As a member of the Alexandria Reentry Council , the Sheriff’s Office participates in partnerships to help ex-offenders transition back into the community after their release. Two new programs, the Fair Chance Business Summit and the Family Support Group, started this summer.


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Congratulations to the four deputy sheriffs who recently graduated from Session 134 of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy!


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Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and his staff held a graduation ceremony in June to honor several inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center for their recent educational achievements.


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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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