Patrol Refresher Training
Earlier this month, deputies completed their biennial patrol refresher training, polishing their traditional law enforcement skills and also learning new emergency strategies. Although the Sheriff’s Office is not the primary law enforcement agency in Alexandria, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne is committed to ensuring that deputies are able to effectively respond to critical incidents and take appropriate action until police officers and medics arrive at the scene.
Project Sticker Shock
Shocked that adults would buy alcohol for anyone underage? To discourage adults from even thinking about doing that, the Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria for Project Sticker Shock, a campaign alerting adults to the dangers and consequences of buying alcohol for anyone under 21. On Saturday, October 31, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne attended the Sticker Shock kickoff and then Deputy Wright and other adults accompanied Alexandria students to dozens of stores where students placed warning stickers on multi-packs of alcohol to remind adults it is illegal to purchase alcohol for anyone underage.
This fall, Sheriff’s Office employees were ready to team up once again with students at Charles Barrett Elementary. Deputies and civilians alike have been active mentors to kids through the Mentoring Matters at Charles Barrett. In October, Sergeant Anthony Zygmunt, Deputy Joseph Runquist, Deputy Valarie Wright and Classification Counselor Brooke Cole joined other mentors and their mentees for a fun game of kickball after school. Mentoring helps students make better decisions, improve learning and study skills, and become more connected to their school and the Alexandria community.
Sheriff Attends Leadership Institute
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne is committed to ensuring his staff and inmates have excellent training and educational opportunities, and he embraces such opportunities for improvement himself. This fall, Sheriff Lawhorne attended the four-day Executive Leadership Institute offered by the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) which explored challenges facing law enforcement.
Congratulations to Deputy Caeana Lewis who was named Employee of the Quarter! Sergeant Debra Hall nominated Deputy Lewis for this honor for her professionalism, her dedication to her job and her commitment to her team. Sergeant Hall also recognized Deputy Lewis’s upbeat, caring and “can-do” attitude which is reflected through her interaction with colleagues and inmates alike.
On Veterans Day, Inmate Services staff recognized inmates who are military veterans and thanked them for their service. Over the intercom system, Deputy Toyia Brown read a message of gratitude from the Sheriff’s Office thanking the veterans for protecting our country and preserving our freedoms. Then Lieutenant Deborah Vaughan and Sergeant Felicia Mensah delivered cupcakes to each of the veterans in the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center.
In December, the Inmate Services staff will host Operation Elf to provide toys and other gifts to children of inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. Staff members are identifying eligible inmates whose children might benefit from Operation Elf. Staff will then arrange for family members to visit the Sheriff’s Office and select appropriate toys, gifts, and even gift cards. If you’re interested in donating new toys or gift cards, please contact Denise Costley at 703.746.5106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.