Police Civilian Review Panel
The 9-member Police Civilian Review Panel is appointed by, and reports directly to, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
The Police Civilian Review Panel’s mission is to enhance police legitimacy and to build and maintain trust between the citizens of Fairfax County, the Board of Supervisors, and the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) by reviewing certain FCPD investigations to ensure the accuracy, completeness, thoroughness, objectivity and impartiality of the investigation. The Panel is governed both by the bylaws approved by the Board of Supervisors and a code of ethics adopted by the Panel.
Responsibilities of the Police Civilian Review Panel
Upon request of a complainant, reviewing completed administrative
investigations of public complaints of abuse of authority or
serious misconduct by a FCPD officer.
In reviewing completed administrative investigations, holding
public meetings to hear from the complainant and to review the
investigations and walk through with members of the community how
the investigation was conducted, including findings of fact,
evidence collected and witness statements.
Holding public meetings on issues within the Panel’s jurisdiction
and on law enforcement policies and practices at which the public
is invited to comment to assist the Panel in making recommendations
for policy and practices changes to the Chief of Police and Board
- Issuing an annual public report describing its activities for the year, including recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, Auditor and the Chief of Police for revisions to FCPD policies, training and practices that the Panel concludes are needed.
Complaints of Alleged Police Misconduct
Initial complaints of alleged police misconduct - occurring on or after Dec. 6, 2016 - may be made to the Police Civilian Review Panel by email, phone, mail or in person using the complaint form. Public complaints shall be disseminated to the Fairfax County Police Department for appropriate investigation.
Members of the public may request a review of an already completed
Fairfax County Police Department Investigation into alleged
misconduct by email, phone, mail or in person using the complaint
- In cases of alleged abuse of authority or serious misconduct:
Reviews of investigations involving these matters will be conducted by the Fairfax County Police Civilian Review Panel. The Police Civilian Review Panel reviews the investigation for accuracy, completeness, thoroughness, objectivity and impartiality.
- In cases of officer-involved shooting, in-custody death or use of force:
The Independent Police Auditor reviews the investigation for accuracy, completeness, thoroughness, objectivity and impartiality.
Reports are to be issued by the Police Civilian Review Panel as to the Panel’s review of investigations.
Annual reports will be issued by the Panel describing its activities for the year, including recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, Auditor and the Chief of Police for revisions to FCPD policies, training and practices that the Panel concludes are needed.
Review Panel Members
Mr. Hansel Aguilar
Ms. Kathleen Davis-Siudut
Mr. Steve Descano
Ms. Hollye Doane
Mr. Doug Kay
Mr. Randy Sayles
Ms. Jean Senseman
Mr. Adrian Steel, Chairman
Ms. Rhonda VanLowe, Vice-Chairman
Board of Supervisors Appoints Nine Members to Police Civilian Review
Feb. 28, 2017 - The Police Civilian Review Panel will promote further transparency and openness in community policing. Each appointed member will bring a valuable perspective, extensive knowledge and years of community involvement to the table.
Fairfax County Hires First Ever Police Auditor
Feb. 14, 2017 - Richard G. Schott was appointed as Fairfax County’s first independent police auditor. Schott will report directly to the Board of Supervisors, which approved the creation of the position in September 2016 as a follow up to one of the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.
88% of Ad Hoc Police Commission Recommendations Approved
Dec. 13, 2016 - 178 of 202 Recommendations Implemented or Soon to Be Implemented
Board of Supervisors Votes to Establish Police Civilian Review
Dec. 6, 2016 - View Draft Action Item, to be replaced with the Final Action Item in the Final Board Package.