Fairfax County is a place where all people feel safe at home, school, work and in the community.
Each priority area includes the following:
To meet the diverse needs of all our residents, the county must ensure a comprehensive, equitable, and inclusive approach to public safety and justice. Creating a safe community is not only about reducing and preventing injury and crime, it is about building strong, cohesive, equitable, vibrant and engaged communities where all people are free to live to their full potential.
Residents and visitors want a community where people can go about their daily activities in an environment without fear, risk of harm or injury. The responsibility to ensure a safe and secure place for all to thrive is shared across county departments and must include the full participation of the entire community.
The strategies included in this priority area aim to promote fair policing and prosecution practices, strengthen the relationship between public safety and our most vulnerable community members, reduce reliance on use of force and incarceration, strengthen prevention and preparedness programs (especially in light of COVID-19) and enhance transparency and infrastructure.
1. How do we adapt public safety services to meet the challenges associated with technology, urbanization and a growing diverse population?
2. How do we ensure that criminal justice is administered in ways that are consistent with the goal of racial and social equity?
3. How do we 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 cyber security and other security risks, how do we reduce the vulnerabilities of our mission-critical infrastructure and ensure that they will be resilient?
5. Considering the dramatic rise in information outlets, how do we align the public’s perception of community safety and security with more objective data and information?
1. Adherence to Laws and Regulations
2. Timeliness and Quality of Emergency Response
3. Effectiveness and Equity of Administration of Justice
4. Safety-Related Prevention and Preparedness
5. Reliability and Security of Critical Infrastructure
Indicator: Adherence to Laws and Regulations
• % of Fairfax County residents, workers and visitors who feel safe in their community
• # of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. (homicide, sex offenses, robbery and aggravated assault)
• # of bias crimes and incidents per 1,000 residents
• # of drug and narcotic incidents per 1,000 residents
• # of property crimes per 1,000 residents (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, arson, destruction)
• % of code compliance violations that are resolved/corrected by property owner within 30 days
• % of county employees that pass internal information technology phishing tests
Indicator: Timeliness and Quality of Emergency Response
• % of recipients of emergency services who feel the response to their emergency was delivered timely and effectively
• % of emergency calls for service that are responded to within industry or county standards/benchmarks
• % of use of force incidents that are deemed “in compliance”
• % of public safety calls for service that result in arrest vs. no arrest
• % of public safety personnel who feel they have the proper training and equipment to effectively perform their job
• % of first inspections conducted within five business days after code compliance complaint is received
• % of residents who believe Fairfax County police officers to be fair and just
• # of total days spent in foster care by Fairfax County children ages 0-18
Indicator: Effectiveness and Equity of Administration of Justice
• % of released offenders from jail who do not reoffend within three years
• Variance of enforcement efforts, arrests, prosecution, convictions and sentencing rates among different demographic populations
• % of cases diverted from formal court process to alternative criminal justice programs
• % of people (victims, accused and witnesses) who feel they were treated fairly during enforcement and judicial processes
Indicator: Safety-Related Prevention and Preparedness
• % of Fairfax County Government employees who have completed emergency management training (mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery)
• % of residents who subscribe to Fairfax County Government’s emergency notifications
• % of residents who report they are prepared for 72 hours after an emergency
Indicator: Reliability and Security of Critical Infrastructure
• % of critical infrastructure assets with positive performance ratings
• # of county facilities that meet minimum security standards
• # of legacy information technology systems identified to be retired/replaced with more secure and modern alternatives
• % of residents who experience disruption in critical infrastructure after an event
Provide Timely and Quality Services
Improve Adherence to Rules and Regulations
Improve Community Resilience Through Better Prevention, Preparedness and Recovery
Ensure Equitable Administration of Justice
Strengthen Resiliency of Critical Infrastructure
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Fairfax, VA 22035