Deputies Provide Additional Security and Fun on Halloween
To help the youngest Alexandrians enjoy Halloween safely, deputies provided high visibility patrols during trick-or-treating. Deputies Juan Guzman, Jamison Hart and Sami Denardo patrolled residential areas to help protect children and to support the existing police presence. In addition, Deputy Ashley Battle joined the Lee Center’s family-friendly Trunk or Treat Block Party and greeted kids and their parents.
Sheriff’s Office Recognized by U.S. Capitol Police
In recognition of the Sheriff’s Office’s response to the June 14 shooting at Simpson Field, the U.S. Capitol Police recently presented Sheriff Dana Lawhorne with a Medal of Merit during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on November 9. Sheriff Lawhorne, Mayor Allison Silberberg, the U.S. Park Police and the Virginia State Police received Medals of Merit after two Capitol Police officers and three Alexandria Police officers were awarded Medals of Honor for their courageous and life-saving actions.
Seven Recruits Join Sheriff’s Office
The Sheriff’s Office recently welcomed seven new deputies to its ranks. On November 6, Clerk of the Circuit Court Edward Semonian administered the oath of office to Deputies Megan Vann, Nissah Santiago, Josue Reyes, Ailish Bengel, Nicholas Montgomery, Brittany Wilkins and Claudia Trogler during a ceremony at the Alexandria Courthouse. The deputies have started training at the Sheriff’s Office and will attend the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy next year.
Chamber of Commerce Presents Sheriff’s Office with Veterans Award
On November 9, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce honored the Sheriff’s Office for our efforts to recruit and retain military veterans in our ranks. Sergeant Waraphan Srikongyos and Deputy Ernesto Arroyo were proud to accept the award at the Chamber’s Salute to Veterans program at Mount Vernon where U.S. Army Major General Mark K. Johnson delivered the keynote address. Nearly one-third of our deputies are military veterans or reservists in the Armed Forces.
Sheriff’s Office Employees Receive CIT Awards
Two Sheriff’s Office members, Deputy Terri Reed and Desha Hall-Winstead of Alexandria Criminal Justice Services, were among the public safety staff honored at the 2017 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) awards luncheon on October 17. Deputy Reed was named “CIT Deputy of the Year” for her consistent dedication to assisting inmates with acute mental health needs and Ms. Hall-Winstead was part of the interagency team honored for “CIT Intervention of the Year.”
More than 500 Pounds Collected at Drug Take Back
During the Drug Take Back Day on October 28, Alexandrians turned in 512 pounds of unwanted and potentially dangerous medication. As part of the DEA’s national initiative, Alexandria Police, Sheriff and Fire staffed four drop-off sites to allow residents a safe and convenient way to safely dispose of old medication. Thanks to Alexandria Renew Enterprises and the Substance Abuse Coalition of Alexandria for joining the Sheriff’s Office at the Del Ray site!
Deputy Pitts Named Employee of the Quarter
Congratulations to Master Deputy Marvin Pitts on being named Employee of the Quarter! His supervisor nominated Deputy Pitts for this honor for his exceptional work ethic, high level of professionalism, and willingness to always assist his colleagues. In addition to handling fleet, uniform and equipment responsibilities, Deputy Pitts also serves as a firearms instructor and an emergency vehicle operations instructor, training new recruits and his fellow deputies.
Sheriff’s Office Supports Project Sticker Shock
On November 4, the Sheriff’s Office teamed up with Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria for Project Sticker Shock, an awareness campaign alerting adults about the consequences of buying alcohol for anyone under 21. Sheriff Dana Lawhorne participated in the kickoff press conference and then Sergeant Waraphan Srikongyos and other adults transported students to stores where they placed brightly-colored warning stickers on multi-packs of beer and wine coolers to remind adults it is illegal to purchase alcohol for anyone underage.