Beginning on September 7, participants spent their Saturday mornings exploring Sheriff’s Office operations, engaging with staff, taking part in demonstrations, and touring the Adult Detention Center and Alexandria Courthouse. After four sessions, the Community Academy members celebrated their graduation on October 5, with Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and Community Academy coordinator Lieutenant Sean Casey presenting each with a certificate of achievement and a Sheriff’s Office pin.
During the Sheriff’s Community Academy, participants learned about jail operations, court security, transportation of inmates, civil process, inmate classification and services, facility support, equipment, and training. Staff gave presentations and provided demonstrations and Community Academy members were encouraged to ask questions and participate in several hands-on activities, including pepperball gun training, operating Project Lifesaver tracking devices, and taking a polygraph examination.
At graduation, Sheriff Lawhorne and Lieutenant Casey thanked everyone in the class for investing their time to learn about the Office and for their thoughtful questions throughout the program. Congratulations to Virginia “Ginny” Franco, Sean Gallagher, Jonathan Hersch, Patricia Hilgard, Celine Hopkins, Norman Lodato, Patrick “Pat” Malone, Jenny Mamani Gutierrez, Radiah McLean, Michael O’Day, Brittany Ripper, Diana Rodriguez, Claritza Santiago, Rebecca Siegal, Allison VanOcker, Stacey Walker and Laila Ziayee.
The next Sheriff’s Community Academy class will be held in the spring. Those who are interested may contact Lieutenant Casey at 703.746.5116 or check the City’s Academy website.