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Respect, Responsibility & Results

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne
 Sheriff Lawhorne
Sheriff's Message

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Alexandria Sheriff's Office to protect the life and property of our citizens and those placed in our custody and to provide quality services to the people of the City of Alexandria. We will serve our community with honor, integrity, and compassion, and will fulfill, with dedication to excellence, all legal mandates prescribed by our federal, State, and local governments.

Core Values

The Alexandria Sheriff's Office operates according to its Core Values, those principles or beliefs that guide our Office both internally and externally, and which allow us to fulfill our mission.  They are non-negotiable and serve as our foundation for excellence. View Our Core Values >> 

Office Overview

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.

Six Deputies among Newest Crisis Intervention Team Members

Congratulations to the most recent graduates of the Crisis Intervention Team training academy! Six deputy sheriffs and 12 other City employees were recognized at a graduation ceremony on Friday, April 11 at police headquarters. CIT was developed to help improve staff interactions and outcomes with persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. Alexandria’s program includes staff from all first responding agencies to ensure that a comprehensive, City-wide approach is in place to assist those with mental illness.

Commission for Women Honors Chief Webb with Vola Lawson Award
The Alexandria Commission for Women honored Chief Deputy Wendy Webb with the Vola Lawson Award at the 34th Annual Salute to Women Awards on Monday, March 31 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The award recognizes a City employee who, like longtime City Manager Vola Lawson, advanced, improved or otherwise contributed to the status of women in the City.
Sheriff’s Office Celebrates 2014 Employee Awards and Promotion Recognition
On Tuesday, March 25, the Sheriff’s Office held its annual Employee Awards and Promotion Recognition Ceremony. Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter was the guest speaker and applauded the work of the Sheriff’s Office staff before joining Sheriff Dana Lawhorne in presenting the awards which recognized outstanding performance, best idea community service, physical fitness and appearance, life-saving actions, and other areas of achievement.
Sheriff's Office Earns Triple Crown Honors with Detention Center Reaccreditation
The American Correctional Association's Commission on Accreditation for Corrections has reaccredited the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center and recognized the Sheriff's Office for its high quality of jail management. The ACA accreditation focuses on all phases of jail operations, including administration and management, physical plant, institutional operations and services, and inmate programs. Alexandria received 100 percent approval on each of the applicable mandatory standards. With the ACA accreditation, the Adult Detention Center has maintained its “Triple Crown Award” from the National Sheriffs' Association.
Read the Current 'Behind the Star' Newsletter

Check out the latest edition of "Behind the Star," the quarterly newsletter for the Sheriff's Office. See how the Office is reaching out to the community and partnering with other public safety agencies to improve the quality of life in Alexandria, and find out about achievements by Sheriff's Office employees, special efforts for youth and seniors, and what's new at the Detention Center.

Sheriff's Office Offering Child Safety Seat Inspections

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office provides child safety seat inspections for City residents. This free service is available by appointment only. To request this service, please call 703.746.4114 during regular business hours and a deputy will follow up to schedule an appointment.

Connect to Sheriff's Office with Social Media

Get connected with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office through social media! The Sheriff’s Office is now on Facebook and Twitter, so “like” and “follow” us for the latest information about community outreach, staff achievements, detention center news, employment opportunities and more.

Detention Center Operations Bureau

The Detention Center Bureau is the largest of the Sheriff’s Office's four organizational bureaus. Under the command of Chief Deputy Clarke Stearns, the Bureau is responsible for managing the Alexandria Detention Center's security function and is comprised of the Security Division. The Security Division supervises Security Teams, Special Management Sergeant, and Visitors Center operations, among other responsibilities.

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 most visible to the general public, with of its work performed in the streets and neighborhoods of Alexandria, or under the watchful eye of citizens who frequent the Alexandria Courthouse. The Bureau encompasses the Judicial Operations and Special Operations Sections, which are responsible for functions that serve the courts and perform security, warrant service and other special operations functions in the communities of Alexandria.

Administrative Services Bureau

The Administrative Services Bureau, under the director of Chief Deputy Wendy Webb, is responsible for developing and managing the agency’s annual budget, hiring and training all Sheriff's Office employees, providing administrative support and for managing the Office's financial affairs.  The Bureau also provides for policy development and technology to support the Office's operations.

Inmate and Support Services Bureau

Inmate/Support Services is responsible for several important tasks that help facilitate the security and safety of the Detention Center through the intake/classification, case management inmate programming  and facility maintenance.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an essential part of the work of the Sheriff’s Office. Many rehabilitative programs offered to inmates are conceived of or delivered by volunteers, and our volunteers are at the heart of Detention Center programming. Regardless of your skills, your interest in being a volunteer with the Sheriff’s Office is much appreciated so please explore the opportunities and procedures to joining our team and making a difference in our community!

2003 Mill Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.746.5033

Office Hours:
24 Hours