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 Feb 24, 2017 at 10:44 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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Nearly 80 inmates got a head start on their reentry preparation by exploring services and programs at first resource fair at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. 


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The Sons of the American Revolution recently recognized five deputies for their outstanding and successful efforts to rescue two individuals in life-threatening situations.


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The American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections reaccredited the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center and recognized the Sheriff’s Office for its high quality management of the jail.


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Roderick K. Mitchell, a 26-year-veteran of the D.C. Fire and EMS Department, recently delivered an inspirational message to inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center.


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Six deputies graduated from Session 135 of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy after successfully completing nearly six months of training including emergency vehicle operations, firearms training, defensive tactics, crash investigation, basic legal training, and jail and courthouse procedures.


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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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Administrative Services 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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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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