Independent Police Auditor
The Office of the Independent Police Auditor (IPA) reports directly to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
The Independent Police Auditor's mission is to bolster trust between the citizens of Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Police Department by providing accountability, fairness, transparency and trust in the complaint system and investigative process. The Independent Police Auditor also provides an accessible, safe, impartial, and responsive intake venue for complaints against the Fairfax County Police Department and its employees.
Responsibilities of the Independent Police Auditor
- Monitoring and reviewing internal investigations of Fairfax County Police Department officer-involved shootings, in-custody deaths and use of force cases in which an individual is killed or seriously injured
- Monitoring and reviewing administrative investigations of public complaints of use of force
- Issuing a public report for each reviewed internal/administrative investigation by producing quarterly and annual reports of those reviews
- Making public recommendations concerning revisions of Fairfax County Police Department policies, training and practices
- Providing administrative support to the Fairfax County Police Civilian Review Panel and delivering the panel’s annual report to the Board of Supervisors
Complaints of Alleged Police Misconduct
Initial complaints of alleged police misconduct to the Office of the Independent Police Auditor may be made online, by phone, in person or by mail using the complaint form. Public complaints shall be disseminated to the Fairfax County Police Department for appropriate investigation.
Members of the public may request a review of an already completed
Fairfax County Police Department Investigation into alleged
misconduct online, by phone, in person or by mail using the complaint
- In cases of officer-involved shooting, in-custody death or use of force:
The Independent Police Auditor reviews the investigation for accuracy, completeness, thoroughness, objectivity and impartiality.
- In cases of alleged abuse of authority or serious misconduct:
Reviews of investigations involving these matters will be conducted by the Fairfax County Police Civilian Review Panel. The Police Civilian Review Panel reviews the investigation for accuracy, completeness, thoroughness, objectivity and impartiality.
Quarterly reports are released by the Office of the Independent Police Auditor, advising the public on review status. Individual reports are also produced for each investigation conducted by the Independent Police Auditor.
Board of Supervisors Appoints Nine Members to Police Civilian Review
Feb. 28, 2017 - The Police Civilian Review Panel will promote further transparency and openness in community policing. Each appointed member will bring a valuable perspective, extensive knowledge and years of community involvement to the table.
Fairfax County Hires First Ever Police Auditor
Feb. 14, 2017 - Richard G. Schott was appointed as Fairfax County’s first independent police auditor. Schott will report directly to the Board of Supervisors, which approved the creation of the position in September 2016 as a follow up to one of the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.
88% of Ad Hoc Police Commission Recommendations Approved
Dec. 13, 2016 - 178 of 202 Recommendations Implemented or Soon to Be Implemented
Board of Supervisors Votes to Establish Police Civilian Review
Dec. 6, 2016 - View Draft Action Item, to be replaced with the Final Action Item in the Final Board Package.