Police Auditor and Civilian Review Panel Now Accepting Complaints

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Two new entities are up and running tasked with enhancing police accountability, trust and transparency. The newly established Independent Police Auditor and the Civilian Review Panel are ready to receive complaints and requests for reviews, but how does it work?


Complaints to the Independent Police Auditor

You may submit a complaint or request a review of an already completed police investigation regarding alleged police misconduct. The police auditor, Richard Schott, will lead complaints about the following:

  • An officer-involved shooting
  • In-custody death
  • Use of force


Complaints to the Civilian Review Panel

If the request involves alleged abuse of authority or serious misconduct by a police officer, the nine-member Civilian Review Panel will be in charge of that review. Examples of complaints and cases for the Civilian Review Panel to review may include:

  • Use of abusive, racial, ethnic or sexual language
  • Harassment or discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, familial status, or disability
  • Reckless endangerment of a detainee or person in custody
  • Serious violations of Fairfax County or police procedures


Submitting Complaints

Below is a link to information about the form to submit a complaint. The same form is used for the auditor or review panel.

View Complaint Form Information


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