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Sheriff Dana Lawhorne
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne 

A Message from the Sheriff

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

Last November, I was honored to be re-elected to serve as your Sheriff and begin my third term on January 1. Your confidence in our Office and in me carries a great responsibility, and I’m very thankful for your support as we look forward to the next four years.

Already, this year has been a rewarding one with the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center being reaccredited by the American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections which cited our Office for its high quality of jail management. Alexandria received 100 percent approval on each of the applicable mandatory standards and obtained 97.7 percent compliance on non-mandatory standards. With this accreditation, the Detention Center has maintained its “Triple Crown Award” from the National Sheriffs’ Association for its simultaneous accreditation from the ACA, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Further, our presence in the community remains strong, with deputies deployed in February to increase law enforcement visibility in the North Ridge and Beverley Hills communities. Deputies also continued to respond during emergencies with several assisting with Meals On Wheels deliveries during snow storms, others supervising the Inmate Work Detail with snow removal and ice treatment at the Public Safety Center, and this Sheriff plowing neighborhood streets during two storms.

In the spring, our staff will be active with community outreach through First Thursday in Del Ray, the semi-annual Drug Take Back with Alexandria Police, and participation in Relay for Life. Our Office will again welcome seniors from T.C. Williams for their Senior Experience as well as provide instruction for criminal justice students in the classroom.

You can keep up to date on these activities and other Office news on this website and through social media, so please follow us on Facebook and Twitter and learn more about what your Sheriff’s Office is doing for Alexandria.

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.  

To learn more about the Office, please see our 2012 Annual Report and our most recent newsletter.

2003 Mill Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.746.5033

Office Hours:
24 Hours