Judicial and Special Operations Bureau
Under the command of Chief Deputy Shahram Fard, the 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).
Judicial Services provides courthouse and courtroom security for more than 46,000 proceedings 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.
In 2021, Special Operations deputies cleared 265 warrants, removing from the community individuals charged with serious offenses such as burglary, felonious assault and violation of domestic violence protective orders.
Service of legal process is a major function of the Judicial Services Section. In 2021, Judicial Services deputies served more than 12,000 civil documents and more than 3,900 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 facilities. In 2021, they completed 631 prisoner transports, in addition to the 358 transports handled by Judicial Services deputies.
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.