Monday, May 6, 2013
Team cleaned up near Hammond Middle School.
The Alexandria Sheriff's Office’s ‘Helping Hands’ team cleaned up the field and woods behind Francis C. Hammond Middle School on a citywide day of service Friday. In its sixth year, Spring for Alexandria offers opportunities for residents to become involved in volunteer efforts. ACT for Alexandria, Volunteer Alexandria, the Alexandria Jaycees and the City of Alexandria co-hosted the three-day celebration of giving and service throughout the city Thursday through Saturday. On Friday, Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and more than 20 staff members collected trash, branches and other debris as part of Spring for Alexandria. When they were done at Hammond, the team collected several bags of trash along the path and railroad overpass in …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
May includes National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, National Police Week.
Alexandrians are invited to honor men and women in uniform who serve the city as police or correctional officers at three events in May. National Correctional Officers and Employees Week runs from May 5 through 11, said Alexandria Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amy Bertsch. National Police Week is from May 12 through 18. “I think with the recent events, especially in Boston and the officer Laboy shooting, the public support has just been tremendous,” Bertsch said. “And at the same time, on one should wait for a tragedy to occur to honor these officers.” There will be a ceremony and honor guard competition at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at Judiciary Square in Washington at 10 a.m. May 4. The Corrections Chiefs Committee of the…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Alexandria’s Sheriff’s Office recognized employees March 26.
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office held its annual Employee Awards and Promotion Recognition Ceremony March 26 at the office’s headquarters on Mill Road. Guest speaker Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg praised the sheriff’s office staff for their work and commitment to public service. Then she joined Sheriff Dana Lawhorne in presenting the following awards: Outstanding Performance Following the awards, three deputies were formally promoted. Clerk of the Court Edward Semonian issued new oaths of office to Chief Deputy Wendy Webb, Lt. Ronald Lawhorne and Sgt. Mark Jessup. Webb then addressed the audience and thanked the sheriff, her colleagues and her family for their support. The following employees of the quarter were also acknowledged for their…
Monday, March 18, 2013
Recruits were sworn in Friday.
Six new deputies have joined the Alexandria Sheriff's Office. On Friday, the recruits received their stars and credentials and then were sworn in at the Alexandria Courthouse by Clerk of the Circuit Court Edward Semonian. The new deputies are: Dorian Shelley, Jeffrey Halaut Jr., Marko Nikolic, Andrew Brunsting, John Kayajanian Jr. and Timothy Wauhop. The new deputies will complete several weeks of training at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center before attending the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy later this year.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Former Alexandria police chief David Baker shares his thoughts of Officer Peter Laboy, who was shot in the head Wednesday in Old Town.
David Baker, a former Alexandria police chief, says Officer Peter Laboy is a devoted family man who is well liked by his fellow police officers and has proved to be a steady presence on Alexandria’s streets throughout his career with the department. • See: Update on Condition of Officer Shot in Alexandria “He’s a good man, a good and decent man,” Baker said. “He’s an outstanding and distinguished public servant. … He’s very popular with his colleagues, a fun guy to be around and a real caring individual.” Laboy, 45, remains in critical condition at Medstar Washington Hospital after being shot in the head Wednesday morning during a routine traffic stop in Old Town. Baker, who was second-in-command with the Alexandria Police Department when…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Team is made up of first responder personnel from many agencies throughout the city.
Alexandria’s Crisis Intervention Team added 15 new members in February when four police officers, four sheriff deputies, two code administrators, three fire department personnel and two probation and parole officers graduated from the 12th CIT training. The classes are part of the ongoing effort to instruct city first responders and Detention Center personnel in techniques to improve staff interactions and outcomes with persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. The training was developed in collaboration with the Department of Community and Human Services, the Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office.epartm Graduates received their certificates and congratulations from Chief of Police Earl Cook and …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Bryan Porter is currently the lone candidate seeking to replace Randy Sengel, who announced last year he would not seek re-election.
Bryan Porter kicked off his campaign for Commonwealth’s Attorney on Saturday at Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Ray, receiving the endorsement of the current jobholder Randy Sengel and the support of seemingly every Democrat in Alexandria. “Bryan is an excellent trial attorney,” Sengel said. “I’m confident in his ability to lead the office. … He understands first-hand how law enforcement is never a black-and-white issue.” Sengel, first elected as Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1997, announced in December he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term. An Alexandria native and former officer with the Metro Transit Police and Alexandria Police Department, Porter is currently an assistant attorney in Sengel’s office. “When you vote on Nov. 5…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Organizers of the Pink Zone event also announced that Alexandria will host the Relay for Life in Del Ray this spring to support the American Cancer Society.
The T.C. Williams High School girls basketball team honored breast cancer survivors at the third annual Pink Zone event this week. Before the Feb. 5 game, Coach Kesha Walton presented survivors Lieutenant Monique Rea, Sergeant Lynn Oliver and Deputy Valarie Wright of the Alexandria Sheriff's Office and her own mother Eva Walton with pink carnations and courtside seats to see the Titans play Lake Braddock. Michelle Daichman of the American Cancer Society gave each woman a special survivor sash. The Alexandria Fire Department showed its support of breast cancer awareness by selling pink "Fired up for the Cause" T-shirts benefitting the Alexandria Breast Cancer Walk Fund for Early Detection and Education at Inova Alexandria Hospital. The …
Monday, January 21, 2013
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Prof. Jimmie McClellan is talking about the civil rights movement with 150 Alexandria inmates Monday.
Northern Virginia Community College Prof. Dr. Jimmie McClellan will spend the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday giving a lecture on the Civil Rights Movement at the Alexandria Detention Center. McClellan is participating in a monthly series by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office, and he will be speaking to 150 inmates and law enforcement personnel in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The federal holiday is observed Monday.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Toys for Tots and Operation Warm partnered with local officers to make this holiday season brighter for children of more than 50 inmates.
The children of more than 50 Alexandria inmates received a holiday gift Tuesday thanks to Toys for Tots and Operation Warm. Some children also received winter coats. Family members and guardians picked up the new toys and coats at the Alexandria Sheriff's Office headquarters on Mill Road. Each year, Toys for Tots provides the sheriff's office with donated toys so children of inmates in the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center who otherwise would not receive gifts can receive a toy during holiday celebrations. This year, Toys for Tots of Quantico, under the direction of Marine Staff Sgt. Oscar Villegas, provided about 200 new toys, including stuffed animals, dolls, cars, trucks, balls and games. Operation Warm donated 60 new coats as…