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Community Outreach

The Sheriff’s Office takes pride in serving and connecting with the people of Alexandria, and community outreach is a consistent goal of our Office and is evident in everything we do.

Connecting through communications is one example of how the Office maintains ties with the Alexandria community. Through this website, social media, contribution of news stories, and the Monthly Bulletin, the Sheriff’s Office keeps Alexandria informed and educated. 

The Sheriff's Office shares information regularly about its operations, accomplishments, and community partnerships.  Click here for the latest on the Sheriff's Office "In the News".

Connecting by giving back lets others know that we care.  Sheriff’s Office staff show their compassion for people by a regular and active giving campaign. Food drives, clothing drives and an annual toy drive show help demonstrate that staff are aware of the needs of others.  Each Fall, the Alexandria Sheriff's Association conducts its annual Clothing Drive, continuing a long Sheriff's Office tradition of giving to those who need our help.

Feeding the less fortunate has been important to Sheriff's Office staff, who twice yearly, come together to collect and donate canned goods, money and other non-perishables which are delivered to local food banks.  Each year, Sheriff's Office staff help deliver hundreds of  Thanksgiving turkeys and trimmings to Hopkins House, distributes the food to needy families.  Lastly, the holiday season is not complete without the Sheriff's Office annual Toy Give-Away.  Partnering with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program, the Sheriff's Office gave out hundreds of toys to children of individuals incarcerated at the Alexandria Detention Center.

2012 Project Sticker Shock TeamConnecting to our youth means sponsorship and participation in activities that support Alexandria's Youth. From our annual Youth Academy, Senior Experience internships and Operation Warm coat drive; and our participation in City sponsored programs, such as Project Sticker Shock (right), the Sheriff's Office contributes in real and fundamental ways to the health, welfare and safety of Alexandria's youth and children.

Connecting means that we are there. At events all around the City, Sheriff’s staff is there, participating as members of the community, or providing valuable public safety services to make the day enjoyable for all. Each year, the Sheriff's Office joins Alexandria's neighborhoods in celebrating the City's First Night, Del Ray's First Thursdays, the annual Art on the Avenue events, National Night Out, and countless parades and local special events. 

Child Safety Seat Inspections

The Sheriff’s Office provides free child safety seat inspections by appointment only. Those in need of services should call 703.746.4114 during regular business hours or use the online form to request an appointment. A deputy trained in child safety seat inspection and installation will follow up to schedule an appointment. Find out more about this service or upcoming child safety seat events in the community on the Child Safety Seat Inspections page.

Alexandria Students Find Mentors and FriendsFriendly faces at Charles Houston Rec Center

Students in City schools are now used to seeing Deputy Sheriffs in uniform -- right in their classrooms, cafeterias and libraries. Deputies are invited as guest speakers for all grades and talk about safety, bullying, defensive tactics and their own careers.

Mentoring programs bring Sheriff's staff up close and personal with students at Charles Barrett Elementary School and mentors meet regularly with students, sometimes having lunch with them and sometimes participating in after school activities, and always encouraging students to do their best. Beyond mentoring, some deputies volunteer to read with students to help them develop successful academic skills.

Serving Our Seniors

Making life easier for our senior citizens is important to us at the Sheriffs Office.  We serve our citizens through several programs that benefit their health and safety.  The Sheriff's Office is a proud partner with Meals on Wheels to bring nutritious food to senior citizens who would otherwise not eat.  Sheriff's Office staff join regularly with other Meals on Wheels volunteers to deliver lunch to seniors at their homes, despite the weather. The Sheriff's Office's TRIAD program brings Sheriff's staff up front and personal with concerned senior citizens to help them learn how to keep themselves and their homes safe from crime. TRIAD meetings are also welcome receptions for seniors to meet and greet. We love our seniors!