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 May 23, 2018 at 3:36 PM
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We remain committed to addressing the needs of our community and enhancing public safety through outreach efforts and partnerships.

For example, the Sheriff’s Office partners 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. Deputies and officers collected more than 400 pounds of potentially dangerous drugs this spring and we’ll have our next Drug Take Back event on Saturday, July 28. But because of our partnership with The Neighborhood Pharmacy and Covanta, you can also use the drop-off box at The Neighborhood Pharmacy  during regular business hours.

Our staff is 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 have read to students, taken part in career days, and participated in family events like Touch-A-Truck and bike rodeos. At the Sheriff's Office, we hosted teens during Take Your Child to Work Day, welcoming students on tours of the detention center and courthouse. Now that warm weather is here, deputies are also at First Thursdays in Del Ray where they enjoy meeting with residents, visitors and business people along Mount Vernon Avenue.

2018 Spring Outreach

The Sheriff’s Office also appreciates opportunities to work with other agencies, organizations and private companies to improve opportunities for ex-offenders. So far this year, the Inmate Services staff participated in a reentry fair for returned citizens and also hosted a resource fair to give inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center a head start on their reentry preparation. The fair featured more than 20 exhibitors who offer legal, employment, health, training, housing and other services that can benefit ex-offenders as they return to the community.

Finally, as we are committed to serving our community, we are also committed to maintaining the highest standards in our law enforcement work and at the jail.  We recently had our on-site assessment by the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies and will receive our formal re-accrediation this summer. This follows our re-accreditation last year by the American Correctional Association

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.