We at the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office take pride in serving and connecting with the people of Alexandria. Community outreach is a consistent goal of our Office; this mandate is regularly evidenced regularly in everything we do.
Connecting through communications is one example of how the Office maintains ties with the Alexandria community. Through its quarterly newsletter, website, contribution of news stories and public service announcements, and the Annual Report, the Sheriff’s Office keeps Alexandria informed and educated.
The Sheriff's Office shares information regularly about its operations, accomplishments, and community partnerships. Please 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.
Connecting 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 child safety seat inspections for City residents. This free service is available by appointment only. Those in need of services should call 703.746.4114 during regular business hours. 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 Law Enforcement Youth Academy
Thirteen young people attended the 2013 Youth Academy to learn about the criminal justice system. Between Monday, August 5 and Friday, August 9, they visited the Sheriff’s Office, Police Department, Emergency Communications and Courthouse and saw demonstrations by deputies, officers and other public safety professionals. Ted Casper, Nia Eskridge-Lawrence, Reagan Feld, Bella Haiz, Tavon Lanier, Angel Lara, Hector Rivera, Elijah Robinson, Amanda Schuler, Zakariya Scott, Rashod Walker, Aziz Whealton and Rodney Zephyrin made up the Class of 2013.
At the Sheriff’s Office, they toured the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, saw a demonstration by the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, and used Project Lifesaver tracking equipment. They also observed demonstrations by K-9 teams including Deputy John O’Hara and his partner Sherman, visited the Alexandria Courthouse and took part in a mock trial, and toured the Police Department and the 911 center.
Alexandria Students Find Mentors and Friends
Students in several elementary schools around the City are now used to seeing Deputy Sheriffs in uniform -- right in their classrooms, cafeterias and libraries. New programs initiated by the Sheriff's Office bring Sheriff's staff up close and personal with elementary students as part of the "Lunch Buddies" program and a new mentoring program for children at Charles Barrett School.
Under the Lunch Buddies program, Sheriff's Office staff have lunch each month with students at different elementary schools to connect with and encourage students to do their best. As mentors, staff meet regularly to read with their students, help them solve problems and improve socially and academically.
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!