Sheriff’s Office Celebrates Annual Employee Awards
The Sheriff’s Office celebrated the service and achievements of our outstanding staff at the annual Employee Awards and Promotion Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, March 22. Deputy City Manager Debra Collins delivered the keynote speech and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne presented the honorees with plaques recognizing their accomplishments.
Deputy Crawford Honored for CIT Work
Deputy Darold Crawford was among the public safety employees honored at the annual Alexandria Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) awardsluncheon held at police headquarters on Tuesday, March 15. Deputy Crawford was named CIT Deputy of the Year for his interactions with and response to an inmate in the jail’s Critical Care Mental Health Unit. Congratulations to all the other honorees!
Easter Bunny and Sheriff’s Office Spread Spring Cheer
A few days before Easter, the Sheriff’s Office escorted the Easter Bunny on visits with dozens of seniors across Alexandria. The Bunny Brigade, bearing stuffed toys and lots of spring cheer, spent Thursday, March 24 visiting the Crunch Bunch at Charles Houston Recreation Center and residents at Goodwin House Alexandria.
Deputies Continue Outreach to Youth
Even with the recent spring break, our deputies have been spending a lot of time with young people in the community by visiting schools, hosting youth sports and serving as mentors. Most recently Sergeant Anthony Zygmunt and Deputy Joseph Runquist accompanied kids they mentor on a rock climbing adventure.
Former Mayor Addresses Inmates
On Thursday, March 10, Mayor William D. Euille visited the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center to speak with inmates about meeting challenges and overcoming adversity. Our inmates appreciated his insight, as did Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and Sheriff’s Office staff who attended the special program. Check out the Gazette article about his visit!
Del Ray Business Association Honors Chief Schuler
Just a couple weeks before he retired, Chief Deputy Doug Schuler was honored by the Del Ray Business Association. On Monday, March 21, DRBA Treasurer Pat Miller joined Sheriff Dana Lawhorne in presenting Chief Schuler with a plaque in recognition of his 30 years of service with the Sheriff’s Office and for his work as the liaison to DRBA.
More Sheriff’s Office Staff Join Crisis Intervention Team
Five more Sheriff’s Office members have successfully completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. Deputies Thomas Carter, Patrick Cushing, Deon Eaddy, and Curran Thorne and Classification Counselor Brooke Cole, as well as members of the Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Code Administration, and public safety staff from Inova Alexandria Hospital, finished the week-long training on Friday, April 1.
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, April 30. 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.