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

Reports and Recommendations



Reports are released periodically by the Office of the Independent Police Auditor (OIPA):

  • Individual "incident" reports for each FCPD investigation reviewed and monitored by the Independent Police Auditor.
  • Summary memos on incidents subject of complaints that meet certain criteria.
  • Annual reports summarizing OIPA activities and recommendations on FCPD policies, training, and practices.
  • Additional reports, as needed, on relevant issues examined by the Auditor, which may include FCPD policy recommendations or data review findings.


The OIPA makes public recommendations to the Chief of Police concerning the revision of FCPD policies, training, and practices.

View a summary of OIPA recommendations made to date and the FCPD's response to each recommendation. 

Additional information on recommendations made is provided in each incident report and in the OIPA's Annual Reports.

Commissioned Reports

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.

UTSA Study: An Investigation of the Use of Force by the Fairfax County Police Department (July 2021)

UTSA Presentation: An Investigation of the Use of Force by the Fairfax County Police Department (June 29, 2021)

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