Sheriff’s Office Sharing Holiday Spirit
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Sheriff’s Office staff and members of the Sheriff’s Association have been busy throughout the winter holiday season reaching out to community members
in need. From volunteering at the Carpenter’s Shelter to delivering Thanksgiving meals to providing gifts to a child in foster care, the Sheriff’s Office family is definitely spreading the holiday spirit!
Sober Living Unit Celebrates 27th Anniversary
The Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) and the Community Services Board (CSB) celebrated the 27th anniversary celebration of the Sober Living Unit at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. On Thursday, December 3, inmates in the Sober Living Unit, the jail’s substance abuse treatment program, served as emcees and performed original poetry and dramatizations exploring the challenges and rewards of sobriety.
Five More Deputies Join CIT
Congratulations to the newest Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) members! Deputies Joseph Bowman, Lemuel Houston, Jr., Terence Nevins, Pedro Ocasio, and David Patillo were among those recognized at a ceremony on Friday, December 11 at police headquarters. Alexandria’s program includes staff from all first responding agencies to ensure that a comprehensive, City-wide approach is in place to assist those with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
Sheriff Announces Promotion of Sergeant Quentin Wade
Sheriff Lawhorne formally promoted Master Deputy Quentin Wade to the rank of Sergeant effective Saturday, December 5. Sergeant Wade, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2006 and has served in the Detention Center Bureau. He is a member of the Honor Guard, a Field Training deputy and a member of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team.
T4C Inmates Honored at Graduation Ceremony
The Sheriff’s Office recently honored nine inmates for successfully completing Thinking for a Change (T4C), a re-entry program designed to improve their decision-making abilities and increase success following their release. On Thursday, November 19, Sheriff Lawhorne, Inmate Services staff, and members of the Virginia Probation and Parole office in Alexandria attended the T4C graduation.
Holiday Help from the Inmate Work Detail
The Inmate Work Detail, a team of carefully screened inmates who work in the community under the supervision of deputies, has been assisting with local holiday efforts. Thanksgiving week, the team unloaded and sorted more than 600 trees after they arrived for the annual Alexandria Police Youth Camp Christmas tree sale, a fundraiser to send kids to camp each summer. Then just before the Scottish Christmas Walk, the team hung decorations like festive garland, wreaths and red bows along King Street for the Old Town Business and Professional Association.
|Did You Know?
Deputies who handle evictions are responsible for securing any weapons left behind. Landlords may remove household contents but deputies ensure that firearms, ammunition and other potentially dangerous items are properly secured rather than simply disposed of. This fall Deputy LaJuenne Sherzai-Harding took possession of various weapons, ammunition and training devices during an eviction and she notified the owner so he could make arrangements to get them.