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 Feb 17, 2017 at 5:36 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, earlier this year, the Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Alexandria Police Department to hold a Drug Take Back day to address the community’s requests for more opportunities to safely dispose of unwanted medications. Thanks to The Neighborhood Pharmacy and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for teaming up with us in Del Ray. In total, deputies and officers collected 200 pounds of potentially dangerous drugs. We’ll have our next Drug Take Back event on Saturday, April 29, so start cleaning out your medicine cabinets!

Also in January, several of our deputies were among the more than 3,000 law enforcement officers from across the country who assisted with security efforts in Washington on Inauguration Day. These deputies helped the Metropolitan Police Department with crowd control along the parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue. While this opportunity may only occur every four years, the Sheriff’s Office always takes part in Independence Day security on the National Mall and other large events where their services may be needed.

The Sheriff’s Office also appreciates the opportunities to work with other agencies, organizations and private companies to improve opportunities for ex-offenders. In February, the Inmate Services staff hosted our first-ever 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 at the Detention Center. This year, I’m proud to say, we were once again reaccredited by the American Correctional Association. 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.

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.