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 21, 2017 at 10:06 AM
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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. Thanks to The Neighborhood Pharmacy, Alexandria Renew Enterprises and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for teaming up with us in Del Ray. Deputies and officers collected more than 500 pounds of potentially dangerous drugs this fall and we’ll have our next Drug Take Back event on Saturday, January 6, so start cleaning out your medicine cabinets!

The Sheriff's Office is also ready to assist in critical situations as was the case in June when a gunman opened fire at Simpson Field. Deputies were the first responders to go into the YMCA to help people there and other deputies took positions on the perimeter to secure the scene. Deputies continued to support police efforts by redirecting traffic, controlling access to the crime scene, remaining with witnesses until investigators could interview them, and attempting to calm concerned residents. Sheriff’s Office commanders continued to work closely with their APD counterparts at the command post and provide support until the area was completely reopened a few days later.

The Sheriff’s Office also appreciates the opportunities to work with other agencies, organizations and private companies to improve opportunities for ex-offenders. In 2017, the Inmate Services staff hosted two resource fairs  to give inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center a head start on their reentry preparation. The fairs 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 at the Detention Center.  I’m proud to say, we were once again reaccredited by the American Correctional Association in 2017. The ACA accreditation focuses on all phases of jail operations, such as management, physical plant, institutional operations and services, and inmate programs, and the Detention Center received 100 percent approval on all applicable mandatory standards.

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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.