Wednesday, April 24, 2013
May includes National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, National Police Week.
Alexandrians are invited to honor men and women in uniform who serve the city as police or correctional officers at three events in May. National Correctional Officers and Employees Week runs from May 5 through 11, said Alexandria Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amy Bertsch. National Police Week is from May 12 through 18. “I think with the recent events, especially in Boston and the officer Laboy shooting, the public support has just been tremendous,” Bertsch said. “And at the same time, on one should wait for a tragedy to occur to honor these officers.” There will be a ceremony and honor guard competition at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at Judiciary Square in Washington at 10 a.m. May 4. The Corrections Chiefs Committee of the…
Monday, March 18, 2013
Recruits were sworn in last week.
Six new deputies have joined the Alexandria Sheriff's Office. The recruits received their stars and credentials Friday. They were sworn in at the Alexandria Courthouse by Clerk of the Circuit Court Edward Semonian. The new deputies are Dorian Shelley, Jeffrey Halaut Jr., Marko Nikolic, Andrew Brunsting, John Kayajanian Jr. and Timothy Wauhop. The new deputies will complete several weeks of training at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center before attending the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy later this year. For more news about Alexandria, Like Old Town Alexandria Patch on Facebook, Follow @alexandriapatch on Twitter and sign up for the email newsletter.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Former Alexandria police chief David Baker shares his thoughts of Officer Peter Laboy, who was shot in the head Wednesday in Old Town.
David Baker, a former Alexandria police chief, says Officer Peter Laboy is a devoted family man who is well liked by his fellow police officers and has proved to be a steady presence on Alexandria’s streets throughout his career with the department. • See: Update on Condition of Officer Shot in Alexandria “He’s a good man, a good and decent man,” Baker said. “He’s an outstanding and distinguished public servant. … He’s very popular with his colleagues, a fun guy to be around and a real caring individual.” Laboy, 45, remains in critical condition at Medstar Washington Hospital after being shot in the head Wednesday morning during a routine traffic stop in Old Town. Baker, who was second-in-command with the Alexandria Police Department when…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Team is made up of first responder personnel from many agencies throughout the city.
Alexandria’s Crisis Intervention Team added 15 new members in February when four police officers, four sheriff deputies, two code administrators, three fire department personnel and two probation and parole officers graduated from the 12th CIT training. The classes are part of the ongoing effort to instruct city first responders and Detention Center personnel in techniques to improve staff interactions and outcomes with persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. The training was developed in collaboration with the Department of Community and Human Services, the Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office.epartm Graduates received their certificates and congratulations from Chief of Police Earl Cook and …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A deputy sheriff was confronted by a burglary suspect when he arrived at his Maryland, according to Prince George's County police.
Authorities say an Alexandria sheriff's deputy who lives in Fort Washington, Md., fatally shot a burglary suspect Tuesday night inside his home. The deceased suspect is identified as 20-year-old Jon Adgrain Pocknett of the 4000 block of Doncaster Drive in Indian Head. According to Prince George's County police, the deputy noticed his front door was damaged around 10:50 p.m. when he returned to his residence in 8400 block of Rose Marie Drive. When he went inside, he was reportedly confronted by the suspect. The homeowner shot the apparent burglar, who collapsed outside the residence, according to police. Investigators believe one or more additional suspects were also on the scene. Officers quickly responded to the scene, where the suspect …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Bryan Porter is currently the lone candidate seeking to replace Randy Sengel, who announced last year he would not seek re-election.
Bryan Porter kicked off his campaign for Commonwealth’s Attorney on Saturday at Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Ray, receiving the endorsement of the current jobholder Randy Sengel and the support of seemingly every Democrat in Alexandria. “Bryan is an excellent trial attorney,” Sengel said. “I’m confident in his ability to lead the office. … He understands first-hand how law enforcement is never a black-and-white issue.” Sengel, first elected as Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1997, announced in December he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term. An Alexandria native and former officer with the Metro Transit Police and Alexandria Police Department, Porter is currently an assistant attorney in Sengel’s office. “When you vote on Nov. 5…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Toys for Tots and Operation Warm partnered with local officers to make this holiday season brighter for children of more than 50 inmates.
The children of more than 50 Alexandria inmates received a holiday gift Tuesday thanks to Toys for Tots and Operation Warm. Some children also received winter coats. Family members and guardians picked up the new toys and coats at the Alexandria Sheriff's Office headquarters on Mill Road. Each year, Toys for Tots provides the sheriff's office with donated toys so children of inmates in the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center who otherwise would not receive gifts can receive a toy during holiday celebrations. This year, Toys for Tots of Quantico, under the direction of Marine Staff Sgt. Oscar Villegas, provided about 200 new toys, including stuffed animals, dolls, cars, trucks, balls and games. Operation Warm donated 60 new coats as…
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Six police employees graduated from the department’s 10th training academy.
Six Alexandria police department employees have graduated from the Crisis Intervention Team’s 10th training academy. A graduation ceremony was held 2:30 p.m. Friday at the police department headquarters. The Alexandria Police Department and Alexandria Sheriff’s Office developed the Crisis Intervention Team through a partnership with the Department of Mental Health. The team comprises highly skilled and specially trained police officers who function as part of the regular police patrol. Through their training, these officers receive 40 hours of specialized training in the recognition of psychiatric disorders, suicide intervention, substance abuse issues, verbal de-escalation techniques, the role of the family in the care of a person with …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office assisted with the ALIVE! food program.
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Employees of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office are helping make a brighter Thanksgiving for those in need. On Monday, deputy Valarie Wright delivered several boxes of nonperishable canned and dry goods to ALIVE!’s food program as part of an annual Alexandria Sheriff’s Office tradition. ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) is a nonprofit of volunteers from more than 40 religious institutions and the community working to help those in need in Alexandria. Wright led a month-long drive among staff members, who donated food such as canned tuna and meat, peanut butter, pancake mix and breakfast cereals, as well as cash, which was used to purchase more food. Wright delivered several boxes of food to Beth Campbell, a volunteer with ALIVE!’s …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Office has been reaccredited since 1990.
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), Sheriff Dana Lawhorne announced Monday. The Office received the official reaccreditation at a ceremony Saturday, during CALEA’s fall conference in Jacksonville, Fla. As part of the reaccreditation process, CALEA assessors visited the sheriff’s office in August for a three-day, on-site assessment to examine the office’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services related to law enforcement. While the Alexandria Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the city of Alexandria, the sheriff’s office does have law enforcement responsibilities, serving as a secondary …