Respect, Responsibility & Results
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.
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 >>
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.
The Alexandria Commission for Women recently honored Deputy Valarie
Wright with the Women’s Health and Safety Advocate Award at the 35th Annual
Salute to Women. Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg presented Deputy Wright with the
award during a ceremony at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office is seeking re-accreditation
by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA),
an international organization facilitating the pursuit of law enforcement
excellence. As part of its re-accreditation
process, the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office is asking for comments from interested
community members at a public meeting on Tuesday, April 14,
from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Alexandria Courthouse.
To celebrate Read Across America, Cora Kelly School invited Sheriff
Dana Lawhorne and other community members to be guest readers. In recognition of
the anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Sheriff Lawhorne and Deputy Valarie
Wright put on their red and white “Cat in the Hat” hats to read to all the
first graders at the school.
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and his staff recently recognized four inmates at
the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center for their educational
accomplishments. All four passed their GED examinations and were honored by the
staff, other inmates and family members during a graduation ceremony at the
jail on Thursday, February 5.
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office provides free child safety seat inspections. This service is available by appointment only. To request this service, please
use the online option any time or call 703.746.4114 during regular business hours and a deputy will follow up to schedule an appointment.
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.
The Administrative and Support Services Bureau, commanded by Chief Deputy Wendy Webb, is responsible for managing and delivering services to the Sheriff’s Office staff, to inmates in the Detention Center, and to the community. From providing information technology support to staff to coordinating educational programs for inmates to offering neighborhood beautification services through the Inmate Work Detail, the diverse responsibilities of this Bureau are accomplished through two divisions, the Administrative Services Division and the Support Services Division.
The Detention Center Bureau, commanded by Chief Deputy Doug Schuler, manages the security of the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center which houses more than 400 inmates. The Bureau is responsible for controlling access to the facility and the safety of inmates, staff and visitors inside. Two Security Divisions, First Division which works during the daytime and Second Division which works overnight, comprise the Detention Center 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 includes the Judicial and Special Operations Division which is responsible for functions that serve the courts and perform security, warrant service and other special operations functions in the communities of Alexandria.
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!