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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.

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. Although the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office is not the primary law enforcement agency in Alexandria, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne is committed to ensuring that deputies are able to effectively respond to critical incidents and take appropriate action until police officers and medics arrive at the scene.

Sheriff’s Office and Probation and Parole Honor T4C Graduates

The Sheriff’s Office recently honored nine inmates for successfully completing Thinking for a Change (T4C), a re-entry program designed to improve their decision-making abilities and increase success following their release. Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Inmate Services staff, and members of Virginia Probation and Parole office in Alexandria attended the T4C graduation.

Sheriff’s Office Teams Up for Successful Project Sticker Shock

Shocked that adults would buy alcohol for teens? To discourage adults from even thinking about doing that, the Sheriff’s Office recently partnered with the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA) for Project Sticker Shock, an educational campaign alerting adults to the dangers and consequences of buying alcohol for anyone under 21.

Sheriff's Office Honors Volunteers at Annual Luncheon Celebration

The Sheriff’s Office recently honored its dedicated volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. More than 200 volunteers provide specialized assistance and outreach to inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, offering religious services, Bible study, tutoring and substance abuse recovery programs.

Inmate Artwork Exhibited at Art on the Avenue

Inmate Services Staff exhibited inmate artwork and crafts at Art on the Avenue, the annual arts and music festival, on Saturday, October 10. Several drawings by inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center were on display and festival goers voted for their favorite by dropping a ballot in a box. In September inmates shared their work with fellow inmates and staff who also voted for their favorites.

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.

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 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!