The Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission delivered its final report today to the Board of Supervisors after six months of meetings and discussions.
The final report of the police commission contains 142 policy recommendations for the Fairfax County Police Department, including several overarching themes as cited in the report:
- Improve and update policies, procedures, personnel and tools to state-of-the-art best practices and effect a change to the agency-wide culture to embrace a predisposition to disclose information.
- FCPD should expand current recruitment efforts with the goal of increasing diversity, establish diversity goals for command staff and train recruits on effects of implicit bias, reduce length of time needed to conduct background investigations, and the Board of Supervisors should ensure FCPD pay is competitive.
- Fairfax County should fully implement the “Memphis Model” for crisis intervention training, which includes two main goals: improving the safety of officers and persons with mental illnesses and redirecting individuals with mental illnesses from the judicial system into the health care system. Full implementation would require, at a minimum, the opening of strategically located crisis assessment sites, mobile crisis units, and the creation of a mental health court docket by the judiciary.
- Police policies and practices must continue to reinforce the values of policing in a democratic society, such as the sanctity of human life and the need for robust and transparent reporting of information, particularly as it relates to police officer use of force. A more unified, clearer and more concise use of force policy is warranted, as is constant attention to FCPD’s policing culture, limits on the use of SWAT and introduction of police-worn technologies.
- Fairfax County should establish the Office of Independent Police Auditor and a Civilian Review Panel. The auditor shall determine the thoroughness, completeness, accuracy, objectivity and impartiality of investigations of death or serious injury cases conducted by the Internal Affairs Bureau and all use of force investigations by Internal Affairs. The Civilian Review Panel will review civilian complaints regarding “abuse of authority” or “serious misconduct” by a police officer.
The Board of Supervisors directed staff to begin to develop a work plan for implementation of the recommendations. The board will discuss the final report at the next public safety committee meeting at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 in rooms 9/10 of the Fairfax County Government Center.
- Full commission held eight meetings from March through October
- 37 commission members at its peak
- 5 subcommittees
- Commissioners and subcommittee participants totaled 70 members
- Statement from Chairman Bulova on Final Report (Oct. 20)
- Chairman Bulova Creates Commission to Review Police Policies (March 3)