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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 Enhances Response to Blizzard

The Sheriff’s Office increased staffing and deployed more resources to enhance the City’s response to the historic blizzard in January.

Deputies at Courthouse Train on Active Shooter Response

Deputies in the Judicial and Special Operations Bureau recently took advantage of a state holiday to practice their response to an active shooter situation.

Sergeant O’Dell Receives Medal from Sons of the American Revolution
The George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution honored Sergeant Chris O’Dell with the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal for his outstanding service.
Four Deputy Sheriffs Graduate from Criminal Justice Academy
Four deputies graduated from Session 133 of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, after successfully completing nearly six months of training.
Operation Elf Provides Children of Inmates with Holiday Gifts
Thanks to the generous support of Toys for Tots and other donors, 250 children of Alexandria inmates received toys, games and other gifts this holiday season through Operation Elf.
Sheriff’s Office Spreads Holiday Spirit to Community
Throughout the winter holidays, members of the Sheriff’s Office teamed up to help those in need and to spread holiday cheer in the community.
Deputies Successfully Complete Patrol Refresher Training

Deputies recently completed their biennial patrol refresher training, polishing their traditional law enforcement skills and also learning new emergency strategies.

Monthly News Bulletin

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

Sheriff's Office Offering Child Safety Seat Inspections

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office provides free child safety seat inspections by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 703.746.4114 during regular business hours or use the online option anytime.

Connect to Sheriff's Office with Social Media

Get connected with the Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, so “like” and “follow” us for the latest news on community outreach, staff achievements, employment opportunities and more.

Administrative and Support Services Bureau

The Administrative and Support Services Bureau is responsible for managing and delivering services to the Sheriff’s Office staff, to inmates in the Detention Center, and to the community.

Detention Center Bureau

The Detention Center Bureau manages the security of the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, which houses more than 400 inmates. 

Judicial and Special Operations Bureau

The Judicial and Special Operations Bureau is responsible for the safe and secure operation of the Alexandria Courthouse, as well as warrant service and other specialized functions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an essential part of the work of the Sheriff’s Office and support many rehabilitative, educational and spiritual programs offered to our inmates.