Police Civilian Review Panel

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8AM-4:30PM M-F

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 233A
Fairfax, VA 22035

Police Civilian Review Panel,

About Us

Panel Members

Ms. Cheri Belkowitz

Mr. James N. Bierman, Jr., Chair

Mr. Todd Cranford

Mr. Frank Gallagher

Mr. Dirck Hargraves, Vice Chair

Ms. Shirley Norman-Taylor

Mr. William Ware


The nine-member 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. It is appointed by, and reports directly to, the Board of Supervisors. The Panel is governed both by the bylaws approved by the Board of Supervisors and a code of ethics adopted by the Panel.

Background Information

Feb. 28, 2017: Board of Supervisors appoints nine members to the Police Civilian Review Panel.

Feb. 14, 2017: Richard G. Schott was appointed as Fairfax County’s first independent police auditor

Dec. 6, 2016: Board of Supervisors votes to establish a Police Civilian Review Panel.

Sep. 20, 2016: Board of Supervisors votes to establish an Office of Independent Police Auditor.

Oct. 25, 2015: The Ad Hoc Police Practices Commission’s Independent Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee’s recommendations, which included the establishment of a police auditor and a police civilian review panel, were presented to the Public Safety Committee of the Board of Supervisors.

Oct. 20, 2015: The Ad Hoc Police Practices Commission submitted its final report and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on October 20, 2015.

Mar. 3, 2015: The Ad Hoc Police Practices Commission was created by Chairman Bulova to review Fairfax County Police Department policies and practices and endorsed by the Board of Supervisors.

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