Citizen Commendation or Complaint

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office does its best to recognize employees who provide exemplary service. Often, an employee's supervisor will submit his or her name for recognition. Additionally, community members or visitors to Fairfax County who have had a positive experience with a Fairfax County Deputy Sheriff or civilian employee are invited to share their positive experiences by submitting a commendation on the form below.

Sometimes, however, individuals may feel that a member of the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office has failed to meet the agency's high standards. In these situations, individuals are encouraged to file a formal citizen complaint.

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office aggressively investigates all allegations or complaints lodged against deputies and other employees of the agency. The purpose of these investigations is to determine and examine all facts and circumstances relevant to the incident in question. Should such allegations be sustained as a result of the investigation, appropriate actions will be taken to prevent a future occurrence of the conduct.


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Enter the name and/or description of the Sheriff's Office employee(s):

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State your specific commendation or complaint and explain the circumstances, giving the relevant facts known to you:

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I, , do hereby affirm that the foregoing information provided by me is true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I understand that any false or misleading statements, accusations or allegations made by me in relation to this report either orally or in writing, may subject me to civil action and/or criminal prosecution.

I realize that to assure a thorough investigation of this matter, it may become necessary for me to meet with representatives of the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office for the purpose of discussing the incident in detail. I further understand that if an awards board hearing, trial board hearing, court hearing or civil service commission hearing results from this investigation, my presence and testimony at such hearing may become necessary. I hereby agree to make myself available at reasonable times and places as may be necessary for such interviews and/or hearings.

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The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides citizens of Virginia and representatives of certain news organizations with a right to inspect and copy many public records held by the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office. Your providing the requested information will result in the creation of a public record that may be subject to such disclosure. Depending on the particular facts and circumstances, your particular record may be exempt from disclosure under FOIA. However, whether or not the particular record is exempt or subject to disclosure, you may ask that the personal information that you are now providing to the Sheriff's Office not be disclosed pursuant to requests from such citizens and news organizations. Please advise us whether the personal information that you are providing with this request should or should not be made available to such citizens and news organizations.

   Yes, withhold my personal information from responses to FOIA requests made by citizens and news organizations.

   No, do not withhold my personal information from responses to FOIA requests made by citizens and news organizations.


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