Sheriff’s Office Equips Courthouse, Public Safety Center and Several Cruisers with AEDs
In August, the Sheriff’s Office installed new automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in the Alexandria Courthouse and Public Safety Center and placed five more in cruisers assigned to deputies who serve civil process and transport inmates. The Sheriff’s Office obtained five AEDs from the Alexandria Fire Department and then purchased six more. Deputies are now working with courthouse employees to familiarize them with AED use.
Even off-duty and in retirement Sheriff’s Office deputies remain committed to the law enforcement community. Several employees ran in the 14th annual Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K Race to honor victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Then Lieutenant Monique Rea and retired Sergeant Byung Rim took part in a three-day cycling tour of New England to raise money for Concerns of Police Survivors. They and their teammates rode nearly 300 miles and visited memorials to fallen law enforcement officers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Crisis Negotiations Team Obtains Communication Equipment with Grant
The Sheriff’s Office obtained nearly $20,000 worth of new communications equipment for its Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) with a grant through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Under the direction of veteran negotiator Deputy Derek Gaunt, CNT’s mission is to bring about peaceful resolution to emergency situations that might occur at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center or at the Alexandria Courthouse. In August, CNT began training with the new equipment, which includes phones, headsets and other portable communications equipment. Some CNT members have already successfully used their negotiating skills to gain compliance from uncooperative inmates without using force.
Earlier this month Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and Community Relations Deputy Valarie Wright said goodbye to summer at the last First Thursday of the year. The Sheriff’s Office always joins the Del Ray Business Association on Mount Vernon Avenue for the First Thursday of each month during the spring and summer to talk with neighbors. Deputy Wright also helped her public safety partners with efforts to get kids in need ready as they returned to school. She teamed up with Firefighters and Friends and staff from the City’s Recreation, Police and Fire departments to distribute backpacks and school supplies at Charles Houston, Cora Kelly and William Ramsay recreation centers, and she also assisted the Alexandria City Public Schools with its collection of school supply donations. Undersheriff Tim Gleeson helped out, too, by assisting the Child and Family Network Centers with its distribution of backpacks to preschoolers at a nursery school in Arlandria.
Congratulations to Denise Costley and Dwayne Kennedy who recently received certificates of appreciation from their community partners! Ms. Costley, the Re-Entry Counselor who coordinates Ladies’ Education And Development (LEAD), was recognized by INOVA Alexandria Hospital. Inmates in LEAD crochet blankets, booties and caps for babies born at the hospital. As the Mental Health Probation Officer for the Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Kennedy works with offenders with a mental health diagnosis. His counterparts at the Department of Community and Human Services, the agency that provides services and treatment to his clients, recognized Mr. Kennedy’s “outstanding performance and exceptional commitment to teamwork.”
Inmate Work Detail
The Inmate Work Detail, a carefully screened and supervised team of inmates under the direct supervision of a deputy, has been busy collecting litter, clearing away debris and helping in the community. In September the team assisted Alive!, the nonprofit which operates Alexandria’s food bank for those in need. The Inmate Work Detail set up shelving and moved office furniture and hundreds of boxes of donated foods at Alive!’s expanded food warehouse.
Drug Take Back
Help prevent drug abuse and pill theft by turning in unwanted medications at the Drug Take Back events
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 26. Deputies will be collecting medications outside the Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, 2204 Mount Vernon Avenue, and Alexandria Police will be staffing drop-off locations at their headquarters, 3600 Wheeler Avenue, and at First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street.Art on the Avenue
Artwork created by inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center will be exhibited at Art on the Avenue
, Del Ray’s popular cultural arts festival, on Saturday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by the Sheriff’s Office display and vote for your favorite artwork!