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 Jul 26, 2016 at 8:46 AM

Sheriff Lawhorne photoWe continue to focus on the needs of our community and our youth in particular. We welcomed four seniors from T.C. Williams for their Senior Experience just before they graduated. For three weeks, the students spent their school day working with criminal justice professionals at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, Police Headquarters, the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy and the Alexandria Courthouse. During their time at the Sheriff’s Office, the students toured the jail, saw demonstrations by the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and Project Lifesaver technicians, rode along with deputies serving civil process, visited the Emergency Vehicle Operations Center, toured the courthouse and courtrooms, and met with staff who manage inmate programs and administrative functions.

In addition, this summer we hosted the young men of Kamp Kappa for their Street Law program in coordination with U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. They met with staff, toured the detention center and explored the Office’s emergency vehicles. And throughout the summer, Deputy Valarie Wright has been visiting the City’s recreation centers, spending time with kids there and promoting important safety messages.

This spring when we participated once again in a national Drug Take Back event, residents told us they wanted more frequents events so that they could more easily dispose of unwanted medications. So working with The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria and Covanta, we held a Drug Take Back day this summer and collected 320 pounds of potentially dangerous medications.

Our staff is also working to prepare ex-offenders for their successful return to the community. As a member of the Alexandria Reentry Council, the Sheriff’s Office works with the Department of Community and Human Services, Virginia Adult Probation and Parole, and others to prepare returning citizens and to also encourage family and community involvement. While still in jail, eligible inmates are encouraged to complete the Thinking for a Change curriculum which gives them the tools they needed to start making a difference in their own lives by showing them a different way of viewing situations and ultimately making better decisions. Our staff and their colleagues on the Reentry Council have also developed support groups for families of returning citizens and the Fair Chance Business Summit, a networking and information program to encourage local employers to hire ex-offenders.

Finally, we’re all looking forward to visiting with our neighbors across Alexandria for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2.  Hope to see you then! But in the meantime, 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.