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 Jan 29, 2016 at 10:46 AM

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Throughout the blizzard in January, the Sheriff's Office deployed additional resources to support the City's response. Deputies transported critical personnel and meals to the Emergency Operations Center while other deputies and civilian staff remained in the City -- and even away from their own families -- to ensure adequate staffing at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center was maintained. The Inmate Work Detail cleared snow around the Public Safety Center so that first responders could access the facility and emergency vehicles could re-fuel. Deputies also reached out to the community by delivering Meals on Wheels to housebound seniors, and I was able to plow for those with immediate needs, like clearing an access route for firefighters and apparatus responding to fire at a West End apartment building.

Before the blizzard, we were busy over the holiday season working with our community partners to distribute warm coats and food baskets to those in need. Our Classification Counselors spent a morning volunteering at the Carpenter's Shelter, sorting food donations, and several deputies sponsored a family in the City's Holiday Sharing program. Through Operation Elf, we ensured that families of inmates had toys and other gifts, even if a parent could not provide gifts because of their circumstances.

We also remain dedicated to helping children and youth throughout the City and again have deputies serving at mentors at Charles Barrett Elementary School and another tutoring a first grader at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy in the Book Buddy program. Partnerships like these are important to maintaining strong relationships and investing in our community.

Our deputies recently completed Patrol Refresher Training, enhancing their defensive tactics as well as their response to incidents involving traumatic injuries. Although the Sheriff's Office is not the primary law enforcement agency in Alexandria, I am committed to ensuring that deputies are able to effectively respond to critical incidents and take appropriate action until police officers and medics arrive at the scene.

I'm also committed to making sure that our inmates have opportunities for success when they are released. Eligible inmates continue to take classes from Northern Virginia Community College through the Open Roads program and others are improving their decision-making ability through Thinking for a Change, a re-entry initiative addressing cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem-solving skills. Finally, I'm extremely proud to announce that our Sober Living Unit celebrated its 27th anniversary over the winter, an important milestone for those recovering from substance abuse.

We are grateful for your ongoing support! Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff to let us know how we can better serve you and please stay in touch with us by checking this website and 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.