Sheriff’s Office Monthly Bulletin – February 2017 | News Release | City of Alexandria

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February 2017

Promoted EmployeesSheriff Promotes Five Employees
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne recently announced the promotions of five dedicated staff members. Congratulations and best wishes to sworn staff Chief Deputy Joseph Pankey, Captain Rawle Kelly, Lieutenant Felicia Mensah, and Sergeant LaJuenne Sherzai-Harding, and to civilian employee LaTanya Ervin who was promoted to Director of Inmate Services and Alternative Programs.

Presidential Inauguration SecurityDeputies Assist with Presidential Inauguration Security
Thirteen deputies were among the more than 3,000 law enforcement officers from across the country who helped support security efforts in Washington on Inauguration Day. The deputies and 23 Alexandria police officers assisted the Metropolitan Police Department with crowd control along the parade route by handling posts directly in front of the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.


Employee of the QuarterCourthouse Deputy Named Employee of the Quarter
Congratulations to Deputy Lisa Speed of Judicial Services who was recently named Employee of the Quarter! Her supervisor, Sergeant Larry Richardson, nominated Deputy Speed for this recognition for her high level of professionalism, her positive attitude, and her efficiency and attention to detail. Sergeant Richardson also applauded Deputy Speed’s focus, dedication and reliability which make her an invaluable asset to the Courthouse team.

Life Saving ActionsDeputies Recognized for Life-Saving Actions
The George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution awarded five deputies the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal at a luncheon on Saturday, January 14. Deputy Joseph Runquist was honored for saving a choking woman while he was off-duty, and Deputies Cinie Bearden, Myrna Juarez, Manuel Lee and Devon Neckles were honored for saving an inmate who had hanged himself at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center

Inspirational Speech to InmatesD.C. Firefighter Delivers Inspirational Speech to Inmates
Roderick K. Mitchell, who has served 26 years as a firefighter and technician with the D.C. Fire Department, was the featured speaker at a recent inmate program. After sharing some of his own difficult experiences as a young adult, Mr. Mitchell engaged and inspired his audience with a message of hope, perseverance and responsibility.

Adult Detention Center ReaccreditationACA Reaccredits Adult Detention Center
The American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections reaccredited the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center and recognized the Sheriff’s Office for its management of the jail. During its recent winter conference, the ACA presented the Director Michele McCarty and Accreditation Manager Debra Defreitas with an official Certificate of Accreditation following a review with Commission members

Did You Know? 
Did You Know?In 2016, Judicial Services deputies screened more than 228,000 visitors entering the Alexandria courthouse. They also secured more than 57,000 criminal, civil and traffic proceedings in Circuit and General District Courts during that time.


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