Message from Kevin Davis, Chief of Police, Fairfax County, Virginia
Each Fairfax County police officer has taken an oath of office to protect and serve our community and each officer is held to the highest of standards to protect the sanctity of life, human rights, and to uphold the law. The Fairfax County Police Department's General Orders, rules, regulations, policies, and standards require that any deployment of deadly force shall be reasonably necessary when all other forms of de-escalation options are not effective or viable for the specific situation. The Police Department responds to an average of over 400,000 calls for service each year. Unfortunately, there are times where force options are required to protect and serve our community and one of these force options is the deployment of deadly force. Your Police Department will continue to maintain the highest levels of hiring standards, recruit training, in-service training, crisis management and intervention training, best-practice policies, wellness support to our employees, and increasing positive engagement with all in the co
Why we share officer-involved shooting information:
Providing information regarding the Fairfax County Police Department’s officer-involved shootings will help the community understand what officers encounter and the criminal and administrative investigative processes related to these events. Engagement with our community is critical toward receiving valuable input to constantly review our policies and practices for all levels of use of force.
The Fairfax County Police Department and our County
The Fairfax County Police Department has an authorized strength of 1,469 sworn law enforcement officer positions that protect and serve the communities of the County. On average, officers respond to over 400,000 calls for service each year while serving the community.
To learn more about the Fairfax County Police Department, please review our annual reports.
An officer-involved shooting is the discharge of a firearm, at a person, or at an occupied vehicle, whether intentional or unintentional, while in the performance of their duties as a law enforcement officer. For the purposes of this posting, an officer-involved shooting will only refer to the instances in which an officer discharged a firearm at a person, or at a vehicle occupied by a person or persons, and not officer actions in animal cases.
To learn more about the Fairfax County Police Department General Order governing use of force, please review General Order 540.
What kind of training and accreditation do we have?
The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services requires a minimum of 480 hours of academy training and 100 hours of field training instruction to be certified as a law enforcement officer. Fairfax County law enforcement recruits who attend the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy receive 950 hours of academy training and 480 hours of field training instruction, which exceeds the minimum training mandates established by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. In addition, to maintain their law enforcement certification, our officers must complete a minimum of 40 hours of in-service retraining every two years.
To view the Police Department’s press release on accreditation, please click here.
Officer-Involved Shooting summaries:
2005 - Present
The table below provides additional information regarding the Fairfax County Police Department’s officer-involved shootings from 2005 to Present. Summaries of any future officer-involved shootings will be posted as the information becomes available.
In order to view the data, please follow these steps:
To view detailed information on all officer-involved shootings for a specific year, please click on the year at the top of the table.
To view a detailed map representing the locations for each officer-involved shooting for a specific year, please click on the number in the Total row which corresponds to that year.