Independent Police Auditor

Fairfax County, Virginia


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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Our office is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 233A
Fairfax, VA 22035
Richard G. Schott,
Independent Police Auditor

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 newly released 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.

Research Partners to Study FCPD Uses of Force from 2016-2018

OIPA is currently facilitating a study by the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Cincinnati to identify patterns and trends in FCPD uses of force during 2016-2018 with emphasis on racial, ethnic, gender, or similar disparities across subpopulations. This multivariate statistical study will attempt to identify potential reasons or causes for the differences in the rate and level of force used against civilians of different races, which is beyond the scope of OIPA’s data reviews. The UTSA team will issue a public report on the study’s findings and recommendations and present it to the Board of Supervisors by early 2021. For more information, see the press release and the contract details.

Newly Available

OIPA 2020 Annual Report


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