Independent Police Auditor

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
703-324-3459 TTY 711
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 233A
Fairfax, VA 22035
Richard G. Schott
Independent Police Auditor

What We Do

The Office of the Independent Police Auditor (OIPA) reviews police investigations involving use of force and serves as an independent intake venue for complaints against the Fairfax County Police Department.

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Upcoming Events

The Independent Police Auditor periodically presents his incident review reports to the Police Civilian Review Panel. The next report date will be posted here when it is scheduled. Visit the Panel's website for meeting location and details: Police Civilian Review Panel | Police Civilian Review Panel (

OIPA Reviews of FCPD Force Incidents in 2015 and 2016

OIPA conducted reviews of FCPD force incidents in 2015 and in 2016 to provide the Board and community members with more information on these incidents than previously made available. The review of 2016 incidents summarizes the frequency of force incidents by race as well as common situational factors in force incidents across the years, 2015-2016.

UTSA Study on FCPD Uses of Force from 2016-2018

OIPA facilitated a study by the University of Texas at San Antonio, in partnership with the University of Cincinnati, to identify patterns and trends in FCPD uses of force during 2016-2018 with emphasis on race and ethnicity. This multivariate statistical study analyzed the influence of civilian race, ethnicity, and other factors on force used by the FCPD, which is beyond the scope of OIPA’s data reviews. The UTSA team issued a public report on its findings and recommendations, which was presented to the Board of Supervisors at its June 29, 2021 Public Safety Committee Meeting. For more information, see the press release and the contract details.

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