Saturday, November 17, 2012
New deputy sheriffs were sworn in Friday.
Six new Alexandria deputy sheriffs were sworn into office Friday at the Alexandria courthouse. Clerk of Circuit Court Edward Semonian administered the oath of office to Christopher Boucher, Joseph Bowman, Patrick Crossey, Jessica Duenas, Richard Garcia and Steven Shillingburg. Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne issued the new deputies their stars and credentials. The new deputies will begin training at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center before attending the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy in 2013.
Friday, November 9, 2012
The move marks the largest group to be promoted in more than two decades.
Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne formally promoted 10 deputies, the largest group to be promoted in more than two decades, at a Sheriff's Office ceremony on Thursday. A chief deputy, captain, four lieutenants and three sergeants were promoted. These promotions marked an important milestone in the history of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, signifying a major wave of leadership change in the ranks, according to the office. For the first time in 25 years, promotions are being made simultaneously at every level of office supervision. The promotions were necessary by the recent retirements of several tenured and experienced supervisors and mark the beginning of a shift from baby boomer leadership to the next generation. Eight of the 10 staff …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Approximately 60 volunteers attended the event.
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office honored its dedicated volunteers Thursday at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. More than 200 volunteers provide specialized assistance and outreach to inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, offering religious services, Bible study, substance abuse recovery programs, tutoring, yoga and even musical instruction. Approximately 60 volunteers attended the luncheon at the Faith Activities Center at First Baptist Church. Bettina Deynes, human resources director for the city of Alexandria, gave the keynote speech and joined Sheriff Dana Lawhorne in presenting each volunteer with a certificate of appreciation and a gift. In his closing remarks, Lawhorne expressed his deep gratitude to …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The office collected supplies for local public schools, including 50 backpacks.
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office collected school supplies for Alexandria City Public Schools students in need and delivered them to the ACPS central office on Monday. Deputy Valarie Wright organized the supply drive, collecting donations for notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, crayons, glue, rulers, scissors and hand sanitizer from sheriff’s office staff and a $250 donation from Alexandria Sheriff’s Association. In addition, the sheriff’s office donated 50 backpacks. Arnecia Moody, an ACPS social worker who serves as the homeless liaison, will deliver the supplies to children and youth who need them most, including homeless students. The Alexandria Sheriff's Office is responsible for the operation of the detention center, courthouse and …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Office distributes supplies to Alexandria City Public Schools in partnership with Community Partners for Children.
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office distributed back-to-school supplies Wednesday to all Alexandria City Public Schools, materials collected by the organization Community Partners for Children. CPC organized the drive for supplies such as backpacks, notebooks, binders, paper, pencils and markers, for students in need. Sheriff’s deputies and other staff met inside the gym at Charles Houston Recreation Center to pick up the supplies, which were organized and bundled for specific schools. Teams collected the supplies and delivered them to the schools Wednesday afternoon so ACPS social workers will be able to distribute them to eligible students next week.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Sheriff’s Office is asking for comments from interested community members during its on-site assessment this month.
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office is seeking re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, an international organization facilitating the pursuit of law enforcement excellence. CALEA first accredited the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office in July 1990 and it has been reaccredited every term since then, most recently in 2009. As part of the re-accreditation process, the Sheriff’s Office is asking for comments from interested community members during its on-site assessment. A team of assessors from CALEA will arrive on Aug. 19, and will remain on-site through Aug. 22, to examine aspects of the office’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services related to law enforcement. The assessors …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Alexandria Police Department, Sheriff's Office and the Substance Abuse Coalition of Alexandria collected the drugs on April 28 at three sites within the city.
The Alexandria Police Department and Sheriff’s Office collected 227 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at the fourth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The two law enforcement agencies as well as the Substance Abuse Coalition of Alexandria collected the drugs on April 28 at three sites within the city - the parking lot of the Del Ray Pharmacy, George Washington National Masonic Memorial and Alexandria Police headquarters. The service is free and anonymous. More than 5,000 collections sites nationwide participated in the program this past Saturday and about 3,150 pounds were collected in the Northern Virginia area. Last fall, the two Alexandria law enforcement agencies collected more than 148 …
Monday, April 23, 2012
The city will take unwanted and expired drugs at three locations on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Sheriff's Office and the Alexandria Police Department are partnering with the Substance Abuse Coalition of Alexandria and the national Drug Enforcement Agency to collect unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 28, the city will take expired, unused and unwanted drugs at three sites: Alexandria Police Headquarters on Wheeler Avenue, the Neighborhood Pharmacy parking lot behind the store's Mount Vernon Avenue location and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial on Callahan Drive. The service, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free, anonymous and no questions asked. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, along with the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Amy Bertsch moves from the Office of Historic Alexandria to the Sheriff's Department. She also worked for 11 years as public information officer for the Alexandria Police Department.
Amy Bertsch has taken over as the new public information officer for the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office. “I’m excited to be able to go back into criminal justice,” she said. “I majored in Spanish and minored in criminology. After working at the Police Department, I cultivated an interest criminal justice and public safety. This is an excellent opportunity for me.” Bertsch previously worked at the Office of Historic Alexandria, but also worked for 11 years as the PIO for the Alexandria Police Department. “I worked with Amy when I was a detective at the Alexandria Police Department and she always impressed me with her many skills, talents and abilities," Sheriff Dana Lawhorne said. "She is the best in the communications business, well-liked and…
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Five children of Sheriff's Office employees win awards.
Five children of Alexandria Sheriff's Office employees received college scholarships, the sheriff's association announced Tuesday. The recipients of the 2011 Veronica Mitchell Scholarship, all of whom are college freshmen, were picked based on their 500-word essays in which they wrote of their parent's work in the Sheriff's Office and its importance to the community; how their parent's work influenced them; what they planned to study in college; and their community involvement. The awards went to: This is the third year the scholarships have been awarded. They are named for Chief Deputy Veronica Mitchell who retired in 2009 after 30 years; they are endowed through member dues to the Alexandria Sheriff's Association. The awards were …