Safety and Security

Outcome Statement

Fairfax County is a place where all people feel safe at home, school, work and in the community.


(Below you will find supporting work of this priority area to date. More updates will be added as the strategic planning process continues.)


  1. Voluntary compliance with laws, regulations and standards (actual level and community perception).
  2. Timeliness and quality of emergency response.
  3. Level of emergency preparedness and recovery.
  4. Effectiveness and equity of administration of justice.
  5. Reliability and security of critical infrastructure.


(What's an indicator? Indicators are ways to measure the county’s progress, both for the community at large and for county government. They are clear, quantifiable and they help manage progress toward achieving strategies in the strategic plan. They are statements that express what we hope to achieve. These are NOT specific performance metrics at this point.)

Challenge Questions

  1. How will we adapt public safety services to meet the challenges associated with technology, urbanization and a growing diverse population?
  2. How will we ensure that criminal justice is administered in ways that are consistent with the goal of racial and social equity?
  3. How will Fairfax County cultivate relationships with communities to ensure a proactive and integrated approach toward disaster and emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts?
  4. Given potential threats related to cybersecurity and other security risks, how will we reduce the vulnerabilities of our mission-critical infrastructure and ensure that they will be resilient?
  5. In light of the dramatic rise in information outlets, how will we align the public’s perception of community safety and security with more objective data and information?


(What's a challenge question? A challenge question is a clear articulation of the diagnosed problem/opportunity that people are experiencing. It is informed by evidence, data, subject matter expertise, outside-in perspectives and on-the-ground realities. Challenge questions are phrased in a way that drives toward an impact, allowing for a variety of solutions.)


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