Message from the Sheriff

Neighbors and Friends, the men and women of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office are proud to share our latest news about our public safety and community outreach efforts.

Page updated on Apr 8, 2020 at 11:39 AM

Sheriff Dana LawhorneWe remain committed to addressing the needs of our community and enhancing public safety through outreach efforts and partnerships.

We now host two sessions of the he Sheriff’s Community Academy each year. The Community Academy gives Alexandrians the opportunity to explore Sheriff’s Office operations, engage with staff, take part in demonstrations, and tour the Adult Detention Center and Alexandria Courthouse. After four sessions, the Community Academy members celebrate their graduation and their investment in learning about their local criminal justice system.

We continue to partner with the Alexandria Police Department to hold additional Drug Take Back days to address the community’s requests for more opportunities to safely dispose of unwanted medications. Thanks to The Neighborhood Pharmacy, Alexandria Renew Enterprises and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for teaming up with us in Del Ray.

Our staff remains also highly visible in the community, both in performance of their regular duties and also through special outreach efforts in our schools, recreation centers, and neighborhoods. This year we're assigning liaison deputies to elementary schools to be part of the school community and to take part in activities like reading to students, participating in career days,  and serving as mentors.

We are also committed to providing valuable programs to those in our custody. Through educational and job training opportunities to substance abuse counseling to reentry preparation, our staff and partners work closely together to help returning citizens successfully transition.

Finally, I’m proud to say we were reaccredited once again by the American Correctional Association and we also received a perfect score on our jail inspection by the Virginia Department of Corrections.

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Thank you,

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Dana Lawhorne, Sheriff 


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. All powers, responsibilities and duties of the Alexandria Sheriff's Office derive from common law, the Virginia Constitution, the Code of Virginia and the Alexandria Charter.

The Alexandria Sheriff's Office is a highly professional organization with 209 Deputy Sheriffs and civilian personnel. The Office is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. The Office has been honored by the National Sheriff's Association with the prestigious "Triple Crown Award" for achieving these national accreditations. The Office is also Virginia state certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Corrections.