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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.

Sheriff’s Office Celebrates 2015  Employee Awards and Promotions

The Sheriff’s Office recently held its annual Employee Awards and Promotion Recognition Ceremony. City Manager Mark Jinks was the guest speaker and applauded the work of the Sheriff’s Office staff. He then joined Sheriff Dana Lawhorne in presenting awards for leadership, performance, innovation, professionalism and spirit.

Sheriff Lawhorne Authorizes Pink Badges for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Several members of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office are showing their support of the fight against breast cancer by wearing special pink badges this month. Sheriff Dana Lawhorne authorized deputies to wear the custom-made badges throughout October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some deputies ordered the badges after a fellow deputy lost her battle against the disease in 2013 and others wearing them are breast cancer survivors who share their experiences to promote the importance of early detection and to support others battling the disease.
Inmate Artwork to be Exhibited at Art on the Avenue

Artwork by inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center will be exhibited at Art on the Avenue, the annual arts and music festival, on Saturday, October 3. Sheriff’s Office staff will display drawings by inmates at the ASO tent and festival goers can vote for their favorite by dropping a ballot in a box. In September inmates shared their work with fellow inmates and staff who voted for their favorites.

Sheriff’s Office Equips Courthouse, Public Safety Center and Several Cruisers with AEDs

The Sheriff’s Office recently deployed 11 new automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to significantly increase the number of potentially life-saving devices available at the Alexandria Courthouse and Public Safety Center and in deputies’ cruisers. AEDs, portable electronic devices that automatically diagnose life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and treat them through defibrillation, are now available on all floors of the courthouse, in five cruisers and in three lobbies at the Mill Road facility.  

Crisis Negotiations Team Obtains Communication Equipment with UASI Grant

The Sheriff’s Office obtained nearly $20,000 worth of new communications equipment for its Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) through an Urban Areas Security Initiatives grant and began training with it right away. CNT’s mission is to bring about peaceful resolution to emergency situations that might occur at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center or at the Alexandria Courthouse. Some members have already successfully used their negotiating skills to gain compliance from uncooperative inmates without using force.

Inmates Complete College Composition Course as Open Roads Enters Fourth Year

Since the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) launched their Open Roads partnership in 2012, dozens of inmates have successfully completed college classes taught by NOVA professors inside the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. Nine student-inmates recently completed English 111, a three-credit freshman-level college composition course. As part of the course requirements, they prepared different types of essays including a final argument essay which explored challenging topics of their own choosing.

Monthly News Bulletin

Keep up to date on the latest news from the Alexandria Sheriff's Office! Check out the monthly bulletin online or sign up to receive it through the City's eNews service by subscribing to Sheriff's Office News.

Sheriff’s Office Earns Law Enforcement Reaccreditation from CALEA

Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne is proud to announce that the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The Office received its formal reaccreditation at a ceremony Saturday, July 25, during CALEA’s summer conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As part of the reaccreditation process, CALEA assessors visited the Sheriff’s Office in April for a three-day on-site assessment to examine the Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services related to law enforcement.

Deputy Sheriffs Graduate from Session 132 of Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy

The Sheriff’s Office congratulates its six deputy sheriffs who recently graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. The deputies formally graduated with Session 132 in a ceremony at Dominion High School in Sterling on Friday, June 26. Their graduation follows nearly six months of deputy and law enforcement training, including emergency vehicle operations, firearms training, defensive tactics, jail and courthouse procedures, crash investigation, basic legal training and other important areas.

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.

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!