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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.

Guest Speaker Offers Advice and Inspiration to Inmates for Successful Re-entry

Inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center recently received expert advice for successful workforce re-entry from a leading executive search consultant. Lyles Carr, Senior Vice President of the largest independent, Washington-based executive search firm, was a guest speaker at the Alexandria jail. In his motivational speech entitled “Life after Detention: Getting Back to Work,” Mr. Carr explored his belief that the dignity of work is a means of overcoming challenges of the past by creating a new cycle of possibilities for the future.

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.

Sheriff’s Office Welcoming Youth Groups for Tours, Talks with Sheriff

This summer the Sheriff’s Office has been welcoming groups of young people as they visit with Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and tour the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. Recently, the Sheriff’s Office hosted kids from Kamp Kappa and with ARHA’s middle school program. Those interested in arranging a visit for scouts or other youth groups to the Sheriff’s Office or the Alexandria Courthouse should contact Community Relations Deputy Valarie Wright.

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.

Deputies Collect More than 150 Pounds of Medication in Drug Take Back
To help prevent abuse and theft of medication, deputies recently collected more than 150 pounds of unwanted and potentially dangerous drugs at the Drug Take Back in Del Ray. The event, held outside The Neighborhood Pharmacy at 2204 Mount Vernon Avenue on Saturday, June 6, was the result of a partnership with the Sheriff’s Office, The Neighborhood Pharmacy, Del Ray Business Association and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria.
2015 CALEA Assessment Report Now Online
This spring, the Sheriff's Office underwent an on-site audit as part of the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) reaccreditation process. CALEA assessors visited the Sheriff's Office to the review the agency's compliance with CALEA standards and to receive feedback from the public. The assessment team noted that the Office is a "proactive agency geared towards working with the community, surrounding law enforcement agencies, municipal government, and city leaders. In the face of budgetary and personnel constraints the agency has been successful in adopting innovative approaches to effectively serve the community." The full report is now online.
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!