Auxiliary Police Officers Make a Difference

Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
703-246-2253. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-246-4253
News Release: 12/088/LHC
March 28, 2012

Auxiliary Police Officers Make a Difference
Are you interested in making one too?

            Have you ever wanted to be more involved in law enforcement and public safety? Are you looking for meaningful, challenging work and having a role in keeping Fairfax County safe? If so, consider applying for the Fairfax County Police Department’s Auxiliary Police Officer (APO) program.

            An all-volunteer civilian force comprised of 108 men and women, APO’s play a vital role in supplementing the sworn personnel in essential public safety operations. They perform a myriad of duties such as staffing sobriety checkpoints, protecting the integrity of crime scenes, and may be deployed to natural or man-made disasters at any time.

            APO’s come from a variety of backgrounds that enhances the FCPD with their unique sets of knowledge, skills and abilities. Currently, there are doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers and reserve and retired military officers in the rich mix of APOs. A blend of retirees and employed, the APOs are individuals who like to learn and have the time to commit. Once they pass a rigorous background check, they are required to undergo trainings at the Criminal Justice Academy in Chantilly two evenings a week and a few Saturdays a month during 16-week academy slated to begin in January 2013.

            Other vital information applicants must be aware of include;

 Applicant must be:

•      At Least 21 years old

•      American Citizen

•      Be in good health

•      Pass Background Investigation

Ø  Polygraph examination

Ø  Good finances

Ø  Good driving record

Ø  Evaluation of previous drug usage

Ø  Good citizen and character

•      No Conflict of Interest

Ø  Applicants must not be employed in positions representing a potential conflict of interest.

•      Police officers

•      Security guards

•      Military police officers

•      Civilians in law enforcement positions

•      Firemen

            The Fairfax County Police Department is now accepting applications. To learn more about the APO program or request an application, call 703-280-0576 or email

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To request this information in an alternate format, call the Public Affairs Bureau at 703.246.2253. TTY 703-877-3715

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