Connecting through communications is one example of how the Office maintains ties with the Alexandria community. Through this website, social media, contribution of news stories, and the Monthly Bulletin, the Sheriff’s Office keeps Alexandria informed and educated.
The Sheriff's Office shares information regularly about its operations, accomplishments, and community partnerships. Click here for the latest on the Sheriff's Office "In the News".
Connecting by giving back lets others know that we care. Sheriff’s Office staff show their compassion for people by a regular and active giving campaign. Food drives, clothing drives and an annual toy drive show help demonstrate that staff are aware of the needs of others.
Helping those in need has been important to Sheriff's Office staff who collect and donate canned goods, money and other non-perishables which are delivered to a local food bank. Each year, the Sheriff's Office helps deliver holiday meals to families need, working with local charities and with support from our own employees. Lastly, the holiday season is not complete without Operation Elf, the Sheriff's Office's annual toy give-away. Partnering with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program and the Police Department's COPS Unit, the Sheriff's Office gave out hundreds of toys to children of individuals incarcerated at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center.
Connecting to our youth means sponsorship and participation in activities that support Alexandria's Youth. From our annual Senior Experience internships and Operation Warm coat drive; and our participation in City sponsored programs, such as Project Sticker Shock (right), the Sheriff's Office contributes in real and fundamental ways to the health, welfare and safety of Alexandria's youth and children.
Connecting means that we are there. At events all around the City, Sheriff’s staff is there, participating as members of the community, or providing valuable public safety services to make the day enjoyable for all. Each year, the Sheriff's Office joins Alexandria's neighborhoods in celebrating the City's First Night, Del Ray's First Thursdays, the annual Art on the Avenue, National Night Out, and countless parades and local special events. A memo detailing the Office's community event participation in 2020 is available online.
Alexandria Students Find Mentors and Friends
Students in City schools are now used to seeing deputies in uniform right in their classrooms, cafeterias and libraries. Deputies are invited as guest speakers for all grades and talk about safety, bullying, defensive tactics and their own careers.
Mentoring programs bring Sheriff's staff up close and personal with students at Charles Barrett Elementary School and mentors meet regularly with students, sometimes having lunch with them and sometimes participating in after school activities, and always encouraging students to do their best. Beyond mentoring, some deputies volunteer to read with students to help them develop successful academic skills.
Serving Our Seniors
Making life easier for our senior citizens is important to us at the Sheriffs Office. We serve our citizens through several programs that benefit their health and safety. The Sheriff's Office is a proud partner with Meals on Wheels to bring nutritious food to senior citizens who would otherwise not eat. Sheriff's Office staff join regularly with other Meals on Wheels volunteers to deliver lunch to seniors at their homes, despite the weather. Commanders are regular guest speakers are programs organized by Senior Services of Alexandria, taking part in the Senior Academy and in the Speakers Series to help increase awareness of crime, scams and safety issues that impact seniors.