Major John R. Piper, Academy Director
Major John R. Piper is a 23-year veteran of the Fairfax County Police Department. A graduate of the 22nd session of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, he started his career as a patrol officer at the Mt. Vernon District Station in 1994. Piper’s most recent command assignment was as a Patrol Bureau Commander. In that role, Piper oversaw three of the agency’s eight district stations, and a staff of nearly 400 sworn and civilian personnel. Piper has commanded several units and divisions throughout his career, to include serving as the Commander of the Criminal Intelligence Division, where he was appointed Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center (NVRIC). The NVRIC is one of over 70 nationally recognized Fusion Centers and serves as an information and intelligence-sharing platform for federal, state and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Piper was granted a Top Secret National Security Clearance in his role as the center’s Executive Director. He also oversaw many successful long-term, complex undercover investigations and directed a multi-million dollar budget of seized asset accounts.
Piper’s other command assignments include being the Station Commander of the Sully District Station. In his role as the station commander of one of the agency’s eight district stations, Piper oversaw a staff of over 130 personnel responsible for patrolling 70 square miles in western Fairfax County. Piper took pride in his ability to engage a diverse community during his tenure, and in his “results driven” approach to police leadership through accountability and integrity.
Other assignments throughout Piper’s distinguished career include working as a detective in the agency’s Organized Crime and Narcotics Division, being assigned to multiple federal task forces, commanding the agency’s Investigative Support Division, which included oversight of the Crime Scene and Electronic Surveillance Sections, and working in the agency’s Department of Public Safety Communications as a Police Liaison Commander. Piper has also commanded the Department’s Civil Disturbance Unit, which plans for and responds to all protests and civil unrest within Fairfax County.
Piper received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from George Mason University in 2000 and earned a Graduate Certificate from American University in the Key Executive Leadership Program. Piper has also successfully completed many other leadership-training classes, to include the West Point Leadership Development Course, and Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP). As a result of Piper’s experience and dedication to community engagement and outreach, he has appeared in several news articles and media outlets to discuss a variety of topics ranging from officer involved cruiser crashes, innovative community programs, and to brief out on high-profile undercover operations and arrests in the region.
Piper has received numerous agency and other awards throughout his career, including being recognized by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Office of Drug Control Policy, DEA and the FBI. His has a passion for coaching and mentoring, and developing partnerships to solve problems.