Sheriff Dana Lawhorne
A Message from the Sheriff
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
The men and women of the
Alexandria Sheriff’s Office are proud to keep you up to date with our public
safety and community outreach efforts.
In April, the Office
underwent re-accreditation and assessors from the Commission on Accreditation
for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) spent four days in Alexandria, observing
our operations, reviewing our files and hearing from the public. Our feedback
was overwhelmingly positive and the assessors found the Office to be in 100%
Our specially trained
and certified child safety seat technicians have installed more than 150 seats
so far this year. Another deputy recently completed safety seat training to
help ensure our Office can meet the critical needs of parents, grandparents and
other care providers.
We continue to reach out
to children and young adults throughout Alexandria and this spring, several of
our deputies spent valuable time in Alexandria City Public Schools – and one of the highlights for me was being
invited to Cora Kelly to read to first graders for Read Across America! Deputies visited with
students and talked about their jobs and gave safety tips at the Ramsay
Elementary Career Day. They also tutored a student at Lyles-Crouch and mentored
kids at Charles Barrett. They reached out to older students, too, by promoting
alcohol and tobacco awareness with kids from Jefferson-Houston, Minnie Howard
and T.C. Williams, and by instructing T.C. students in basic defensive tactics
during the physical education classes.
Finally, we will soon
welcome criminal justice students from T.C. who will be spending their Senior
Experience with our Office and the Police Department, seeing firsthand the
important work deputies, officers and civilians perform to keep Alexandria
We are grateful for your
ongoing support and we are proud to know we can count on you as our public
safety partners! Please do not hesitate to
contact me or my staff to let us know how we
can better serve you and please
stay in touch with us by checking this website and following us on Facebook
Dana Lawhorne, Sheriff
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. All powers, responsibilities and duties of the Alexandria Sheriff's Office derive from common law, the Virginia Constitution, the Code of Virginia and the Alexandria Charter.
The Alexandria Sheriff's Office is a highly professional organization with 215 Deputy Sheriffs and civilian personnel. The Office is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. The Office has been honored by the National Sheriff's Association with the prestigious "Triple Crown Award" for achieving these national accreditations. The Office is also Virginia state certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Corrections.