Major Shawn Bennett, Academy Director
Major Shawn Bennett is a 24-year veteran of the Fairfax County Police Department. A graduate of the 15th session of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, he started his career at the Mt. Vernon District Station, patrolling the geographical area where he was born, raised and continues to live with his wife and three children. He has enjoyed a distinguished and diverse career with assignments in Patrol, the Criminal Justice Academy, Special Operations, the Information Technology Bureau and the Resource Management Bureau.
Bennett has spent the majority of his career in operational assignments both in Patrol and the Traffic Division. His Patrol assignments included officer, sergeant and assistant commander at the Mt. Vernon District Station. He also served on the Motor Squad as an officer, sergeant and second lieutenant – responsible for traffic enforcement and traffic management throughout Fairfax County. His most recent Patrol assignment was as commander of the Franconia District Station where he was responsible for 160 sworn and civilian staff serving 120,000 residents over a 50 square mile area.
Bennett’s administrative assignments include project manager of the department’s team to procure, design and implement a state-of-the-art Computer Aided Dispatch system and a new Records Management System to replace the department’s existing records system. As commander of the Resource Management Bureau, he was responsible for the department’s Fleet Division, Central Records, Quartermaster Section and Property and Evidence Section.
Bennett has been the recipient of two Valor Awards and a Meritorious Award for actions in the line of duty; a Chief’s Eagle Leadership Award for his development of a nationally recognized traffic safety program in 2003; and a Fairfax County Managerial Excellence Award in 2012. In 1997, a highlight of Bennett’s career was providing subject matter expertise on "traffic stops" to the U.S. Department of Justice in its preparation for the Supreme Court case of Maryland v. Wilson.
Bennett has also participated in police-related speaking engagements across the country including presenting at the 2006 and 2009 International Association of Chiefs of Police Conferences; the Institute for Police Technology and Management in 2003; Lifesavers Conference in 2004; Annual Conference on Transportation Safety in 2004; and the IACP Law Enforcement Information Management conference in 2009.
Bennett holds a Master’s certificate from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s degree in human resource management with a minor in leadership from the University of Richmond. He is a graduate of the 255th session of the FBI National Academy.