Adapting Community Relations During COVID-19

With schools closed and community events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sheriff’s Office is finding new ways to stay engaged with our community and to support our partners.

Page updated on Apr 24, 2020 at 4:46 PM

Deputies who are liaisons to Alexandria’s elementary schools are used to visiting their schools on a regular basis, stopping in to join students at lunchtime, to take part in reading events and career days, and to check on security. But with Alexandria City Public Schools closed, the Sheriff’s Office is finding new ways to stay connected with kids. Lieutenant Sean Casey and Deputy Morgan Garner recently joined a third grade class from MacArthur for their lunch via Zoom (below right), and now deputies are reading books each week for “Storytime for Students.” Sheriff Dana Lawhorne kicked off the program by reading “The Big Pumpkin” (below center) and each week new storytime videos will be shared on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page on Wednesday evening.

Deputies also continue to work closely with our community partners to help them safely serve people in need. Deputies have assisted Alexandria City Public Schools and ALIVE! with food distribution both at schools where families pick up meals for eligible school-aged children and at events open to all people in need.

The Sheriff’s Office has also been able to help out in special cases, like when ALIVE! received a very generous but unexpected donation of food from Lidl on April 9. Deputies worked with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services to transport, organize and distribute a half ton of food in just one evening (below left).

Through these longtime partnerships, the Sheriff’s Office is committed to staying connected with our community, especially during these challenging times.

ASO COVID19 Community Outreach