Dear Members of our Community,
As part of my ongoing and firm commitment to transparency about the Fairfax County Police Department, please find a detailed report on our Internal Affairs Bureau’s (IAB) 2016 Administrative Investigations and Use of Force Report. While this report provides information on incidents involving a use of force, it should be noted that the overwhelming majority of contacts between officers and community members do not result in a use of force.
For the first time as part of this report, I’ve asked our IAB to document the uses of force against our police officers. Our data shows the alarming uptick over the past year in assaults against our police officers, to include one attempted capital murder case. This corresponds with a frightening national trend in which police officers are more often coming under attack.
If you’d like additional, in-depth information about our department, please visit my page on the Fairfax County website.
Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Edwin C. Roessler Jr.
Chief of Police