Judicial and Special Operations Bureau

The Judicial and Special Operations Bureau, under the command of Undersheriff Timothy Gleeson, is the arm of the Sheriff’s Office that is most visible to the general public. Most of the tasks performed by the Bureau are accomplished in the streets and neighborhoods of Alexandria or under the watchful eye of citizens who frequent the Alexandria Courthouse.

Page updated on Feb 4, 2019 at 8:32 AM
Undersheriff Timothy GleesonThe Bureau includes the Judicial and Special Operations Division which is responsible for myriad functions that serve the courts (Judicial Services Section) and perform security, warrant service and other special operations functions in the communities of Alexandria (Special Operations Section). Captain Shelbert Williams (below, left) works closely with the Undersheriff (right) to oversee Judicial and Special Operations.

Judicial Services provides courthouse and courtroom security for more than 74,000 cases at the Alexandria Courthouse annually and is the base of operations for the Sheriff’s Office’s legal process and eviction functions.

Effective October 2, 2017, by court order, all cell phones, cameras, video recording devices or similar equipment will be prohibited inside the Alexandria Courthouse without court authorization. Visitors may store such items in lockers for a nominal fee. Law enforcement, attorneys, media and courthouse staff are exempted. Individuals who need their phones or similar devices for evidence must first request permission from the judge in court.

Captain Shelbert WilliamsIn 2018, Special Operations deputies cleared 657 warrants, removing from the community individuals charged with offenses such as Burglary, Grand Larceny, Felonious Assault and violation of domestic violence Protective Orders. In cooperation with Virginia State Police, the section also verifies the residence of registered sex offenders living in the City to ensure that the offenders maintain their addresses as reported.

Service of legal process is a major function of the Judicial Services Section. In 2018, Judicial Services deputies served more than 16,000 civil documents with an average service turn around time of 48 hours. They also served more than 1,500  protective orders, including emergency protective orders and child protective orders.

Special Operations deputies also transport individuals in the Sheriff’s custody to other correctional facilities and courts, and to State mental health hospitals, completing nearly 1,700 prisoner transports, including extraditions, in 2018.

The Bureau's hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. To reach the Judicial Operations, located inside the Alexandria Courthouse at 520 King Street, call 703.746.4120 during regular business hours.

2014 Judicial Ops Staff