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City of Alexandria, VA City of Alexandria, VA
Sheriff's Office
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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.

Helping Hands Team Beautifies Group Homes for Spring for Alexandria

The Sheriff’s Office Helping Hands Team proudly participated once again in Spring for Alexandria, partnering with Volunteer Alexandria and other community organizations to complete beautification and improvement projects for Community Service Day 2015. The Helping Hands Team painted and beautified City-operated housing in Del Ray.

Sheriff’s Office Wins First Place in Regional Honor Guard Competition

The Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard won top honors at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) annual drill competition during National Correctional Officers Week. The honor guard competition took place immediately following the annual wreath laying ceremony, emceed by this year by Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and hosted by COG’s Correctional Chiefs Committee at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Sergeant O’Dell Honored at 2015 Public Safety Valor Awards

Congratulations to Sergeant Chris O’Dell who was honored at the 2015 Public Safety Valor Awards! The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce presented Sergeant O’Dell with a Life Saving Award at the recent Valor Awards luncheon. Sergeant O’Dell was one of 16 public safety heroes recognized for their bravery, quick thinking and life-saving actions.

Six More Deputies Join Crisis Intervention Team

Congratulations to the most recent graduates of the Crisis Intervention Team training academy! Six deputy sheriffs and other public safety employees were recognized at a graduation ceremony on Friday, April 24 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.

Jaycees Honor Latoscha Pierce with 2015 William G. Truesdale Award

The Alexandria Jaycees recently presented Latoscha Pierce with the 2015 William G. Truesdale Award at their annual Community Appreciation Night at City Hall. Ms. Pierce, who works in Administrative Services, was recognized for her exceptional public service work and leadership.

Commission for Women Honors Deputy Wright with Salute to Women Award

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.

Sheriff's Office Offering Child Safety Seat Inspections

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.

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.

Administrative and Support Services Bureau

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.

Detention Center Bureau

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.

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 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.

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:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Detention Center:
24 Hours