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 Dec 13, 2018 at 2:59 PM
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We remain committed to addressing the needs of our community and enhancing public safety through outreach efforts and partnerships.

This fall we hosted our first ever Sheriff’s Community Academy which gave 20 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 celebrated their graduation. We’ll be hosting our next session this spring so please check back for application details.

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 next Drug Take Back event on Saturday, January 12, so start cleaning out your medicine cabinets now!

The Sheriff’s Office also works closely with our partners to deliver services to inmates. Recently, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Sober Living Unit and the achievements of our inmates who are fighting substance abuse problems.

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. Deputies read to students, take part in career days, participate in family events like Touch-A-Truck and bike rodeos, and continue to serve as mentors.

Finally, I’m proud to say in 2018 we were once again reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies  and we also received a perfect score on our jail inspection by the Virginia Department of Corrections.

If you want to learn more about our activities and news, please consider subscribing to our Monthly Bulletin through the City’s enews service or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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.