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Eight Alexandria Sheriff’s Deputies Graduate from Criminal Justice Academy

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Eight Alexandria deputy sheriffs graduated from Session 140 of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy on Wednesday, June 19. The new deputies successfully completed nearly six months of training including emergency vehicle operations, firearms training, defensive and control tactics, crash investigation, basic legal training, jail and courthouse procedures, and other important areas.

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne joined his command and training staff at the graduation ceremony which was held at George Mason University. Sheriff Lawhorne congratulated Deputy James Biddy, Deputy Bryce Gentry, Deputy Steven Hand, Deputy Omar Herring, Deputy Thomas Li, Deputy Nicole Ruggiero, Deputy Jamie Victor, and Deputy Joseph Walker on their graduation.

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The program included the keynote address from G. Zachary Terwilliger, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, remarks from the class president, Loudoun Deputy John Paul Griffin, and the presentation of achievement awards. Deputy Walker received the top award in emergency vehicle operations, an honor he shared with a Leesburg police officer, for having the highest score. Deputy Victor also distinguished himself in emergency vehicle operations and was recognized for finishing third.

The Academy serves 17 participating law enforcement agencies: the Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office, City of Fairfax Police Department, City of Falls Church Police Department, City of Falls Church Sheriff’s Office, George Mason University Police Department, Leesburg Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Manassas City Police Department, Manassas Park City Police Department, Middleburg Police Department, Northern Virginia Community College Police, Purcellville Police Department, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Police and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Those interested in joining the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office may take the examination for Deputy Sheriff applicants on July 18. Visit for additional details.


Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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