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City of Alexandria, VA City of Alexandria, VA
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Clarke Stearns
Chief Deputy
Clarke Stearns

Detention Center Operations


The Detention Center Operations Bureau is the largest of the Sheriff’s Office's four organizational bureaus. Under the command of Chief Deputy Clarke Stearns, the Bureau is responsible for managing the Alexandria Detention Center's security function and is comprised of the Security Division. The Security Division is overseen by two Captains. Captain Shelbert Williams serves as the Division's Day Captain, supervising Security Teams 1A and 1B, the Special Management Sergeant and day visitation and Visitors Center operations. 

Captain Mike Eller supervises the Detention Center's evening operations of the Visitors Center and inmate visitation process and oversees Security Teams 2A and 2B.  His duties also include managing the delivery of  inmate food and medical services.  Under their leadership, Security Division keep the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center safe, secure and serving the facility's visitors and volunteers.

Shelbert Williams  

 Day Captain Shelbert Williams 


Facility security is accomplished from inmates' initial booking to their release.  Security Deputies are responsible for the day to day supervision of inmates in the facility's housing areas and for ensuring that inmates move safely and securely throughout the building.  Deputies are placed directly into the larger housing units to effectively control the units' living environment.  Direct supervision of inmates where they live allows Security Deputies to better gauge the atmosphere in the units and more promptly deflect or respond to issues and concerns.

The Division is also responsible for controlling the entrance, exit and movement of everyone in the Detention Center.  Security Deputies schedule inmate social and professional visits, and are responsible for checking to ensure that no one enters the building who does not meet stringent security guidelines.  Security Deputies also check daily security equipment and locking devices as part of their daily inspections. 



Sheriff's Office Building 

The William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center

Completed in 1987 at a cost of $15 million, the Alexandria Detention Center houses all individuals committed by the courts to the Sheriff’s custody. The facility also houses a number of federal prisoners through contract with the U.S. Marshals Service Housing of federal prisoners in Alexandria facilitates the processing of defendants through the U.S. Federal Courthouse located nearby. The Detention Center housed an average of 423 inmates in FY 2011. Of those, roughly two-thirds were housed for state and local charges. 

The Alexandria Detention Center operates under a style of management style and architectural design that facilitates increased staff and inmate contact and works to reduce tension and improve security within the correctional setting. Over two decades later, the Alexandria Detention Center has proven itself a model corrections facility that has earned national recognition for excellence in its staff and facility operations.  The Detention Center strives to provide the highest quality in service, and proudly holds  The corrections accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA) since 1989 and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) since 1991.


            Security Team Watch Commanders 



The Security Team Watch Commanders are responsible for directing the secure operations of the William G. Truesdale Detention Center during their assigned shifts.  The Sheriff's Office's Watch Commanders share a common goal:  to guide their teams in the performance of their daily tasks with excellence, professionalism and integrity.

Each Watch Commander directly supervises two Security Team Sergeants and is responsible for the management and welfare of the Team Deputies under their command.


The Watch Commanders are Lieutenant Monique Rea, Team 1A; Lieutenant Doug Woehlke, Team 1B; Lieutenant Mavis Thomas, Team 2A; Lieutenant Melissa Josiah,Team 2B.



Detention Center staff at work 

Security Deputy Juan Guzman Deputy Lajuenne Harding Deputy Jeffrey Hines 
Deputy Brian Wade1 Hard at work in the Detention Center 

2003 Mill Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.746.5033

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