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Sheriff Dana Lawhorne
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne 

A Message from the Sheriff

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

Already in 2015, the Sheriff’s Office has been active in the community, maintaining our commitment to serve the people of Alexandria with pride and integrity. Deputies have been involved in distributing warm winter coats to kids in need and mentoring students in our public schools. We also took part in the tribute to law enforcement offered by the George Washington Masonic Memorial as the Memorial was illuminated in blue to show support for Alexandria’s deputies, police officers, fire marshals and other law enforcement personnel.

Through a recent community forum, I joined other City criminal justice officials on a panel to hear from residents and business people who shared their questions, compliments and concerns. While we welcomed the opportunity to address any issues in a public forum, I hope those who need to discuss an issue will not hesitate to contact me or my staff. We want to know how we can better serve you.

This spring, the Sheriff’s Office will undergo a re-accreditation assessment from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., and we are also undertaking improvements to the physical plant of the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center to keep operations there running safely and smoothly.

We look forward to seeing you as we spend time in our neighborhoods, cleaning up parks and public spaces with the Inmate Work Detail and attending community events like First Thursday in Del Ray later this spring.

Please do stay in touch with us by checking this website and following up on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for your continued support,

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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.

2003 Mill Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.746.5033

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Detention Center:
24 Hours