In 2020, the Board Public Safety Committee has started a determined police reform process. The committee has created a detailed matrix of reform suggestions. Note: some items on the matrix are still under review and awaiting comment.
The department’s vision is to provide ethical leadership through engagement with the community to prevent and fight crime, improve the culture of safety at work and within the community to preserve the sanctity of all human life, and to keep pace with urbanization.
The Board Public Safety Committee is a committee of the whole - including all supervisors - led by Supervisor Rodney Lusk. Visit the committee webpage for a schedule of upcoming meetings and archive of prior meetings.
The Fairfax County Communities of Trust Committee is a diverse citizen group focused on strengthening and building positive relationships between public safety agencies and the communities they serve, in order to advance collaboration, partnerships and outreach.
The Fairfax County Police Civilian Review Panel, established in 2016, reviews completed Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) investigations into complaints containing allegations of abuse of authority or serious misconduct to ensure accuracy, completeness, thoroughness, objectivity, and impartiality.
The Office of the Independent Police Auditor (OIPA), established in 2016, reviews police investigations involving use of force and serves as an independent intake venue for complaints against the Fairfax County Police Department.
The Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission was created on Feb. 25, 2015 and operated until 2017. Its purpose was to review Fairfax County Police Department policies and practices against national best practices and community needs.