Sheriff Dana Lawhorne
A Message from the Sheriff
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
The Sheriff’s Office continues its partnerships with other agencies to provide important public safety and community services.
Recently our deputies have been involved in outreach services like SafeAssured Child Identification events and child safety seat inspections, the Point-In-Time census of the homeless population and Project Lifesaver training, as well as traffic and crowd control support at the Presidential Inauguration and Independence Day celebration in Washington and at our own local parades. In the community, our Inmate Work Detail dedicated nearly 200 hours to cleaning up neighborhoods, parks and streets across the City during Litter Enforcement Month in April.
We also remain committed to serving those in our custody, ensuring that they have access to educational opportunities, to programs that promote sobriety, and to motivational speakers so they will be empowered to make the right decisions upon their release.
I’m also proud that in May our Honor Guard earned top honors at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments annual drill competition at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, a well-deserved recognition indeed!
Thank you for your continued support,
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 2010 Annual Report and our most recent newsletter.