On behalf of all the employees, auxiliaries, and volunteers of the Fairfax County Police Department, I welcome you to our website. Your Police Department’s vision is to provide ethical leadership by engagement with the community to:
Fairfax County possesses a stellar reputation nationally as the safest jurisdiction of our size among the top fifty major cities. We accomplish this through robust partnerships with all members of our uniquely diverse community.
Your Police Department is comprised of employees and volunteers who possess the highest standards of ethics and integrity which creates the foundation of our ability to deliver a variety of essential police services to protect and serve all members of our community. The contents of this web site will provide you with valuable information about how we continue to make Fairfax County a safe place to live, work, play, visit, and grow old. We invite you to provide input on the direction of your Police Department by contacting me through this website.
Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr.
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ACCREDITED BY THE VIRGINIA LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMISSION
During early summer of 2016, the Fairfax County Police Department announced its partnership with CrimeReports.com as an alternative to the “My Neighborhood” application. I have included the link to our press release here: Crime Reports Partnership Announcement. Before selecting a partnership with Crimereports.com, the Fairfax County Police Department’s Information Technology Bureau (ITB) coordinated with the Fairfax County GIS-DIT office to conduct a considerable amount of research into the best platform that could facilitate our calls for service data available to the public. Some factors considered were; cost, accessibility, ease of use, compatibility and most importantly accuracy of data.
For more than 10 years, the police department has published calls-for-service data through the “My Neighborhood” application available on the Fairfax County website. The “My Neighborhood” application had become antiquated and the decision was made to discontinue use of the My Neighborhood application. My Neighborhood was pulling from our computer aided dispatch (CAD) data and Crimereports.com pulls from our records management system (RMS) data. Crimereports.com provides a more accurate representation of “actual” police events and not just calls for service, adding additional transparency and accessibility to our community.
The county selected CrimeReports.com as an alternative to My Neighborhood because Crimereports.com offered a more comprehensive interface over a variety of user-friendly mobile and desktop platforms. CrimeReports.com is a well-known, reputable company that is recognized widely in the National Capital Region and used by numerous agencies. The CrimeReports.com experience provides residents with the opportunity to view police activity at their leisure, sign up for updates, and instantly send secure, anonymous tips to the Fairfax County Crime Solvers network.
CrimeReports.com is completely maintained and hosted by Motorola Solutions, free of charge to the public except for an 11k annual fee to integrate the optional “tip” feature directly associated with Crime Solvers. The police department recognizes the value of “tipsters” when solving crimes, therefore, the police department absorbs this cost. CrimeReports.com also affords more control over what information is released through filters. This ensures that personal data is not inadvertently released that could potentially compromise sensitive investigations. Crimereports.com offered the county an all-in-one cost effective package with little or no IT resources needed to maintain the program.
It was recently discovered that another company SpotCrime.com has used some clever programing methods to obtain crime data from our old, un-maintained “My Neighborhood” data feed (Open Source but not public knowledge). SpotCrime.com has been harvesting data from the “My Neighborhood” feed that was inadvertently left active from (GIS/Mapping) for some time.
As far as we can tell, SpotCrime.com never notified the County that they were harvesting data from our feed. The decision was made to shut down the no longer supported “My Neighborhood” feed. Shortly after the data feed was turned off, SpotCrime.com requested the feed be restored at the Counties expense. Kim Baucom, Senior Assistant County Attorney was consulted and she agreed that FCPD has no obligation to restore the data feed to facilitate SpotCrime.com’s business.
We have offered SpotCrime.com information about VFOIA and method of how to obtain the information they are seeking.