On Saturday, July 30, Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of Police and members from the Fairfax County Police Department participated in a formal hearing before the prestigious panel for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). During the hearing, the department received a great deal of praise from the commission, who voted to unanimously award FCPD with national accreditation. The formal hearing marked the last step in an arduous process.
The department entered into self-assessment with CALEA in October 2014. At that time, a top to bottom analysis of all of the department’s policies and practices was conducted to ensure the department was meeting, and in most cases exceeding, the best practices set forth by the 484 CALEA standards.
The self-assessment process was followed by an extensive assessment in April 2016. The on-site assessment was led by experienced CALEA assessors who conducted a thorough evaluation of the department’s policies and procedures through file review, staff interviews, ride-alongs, interactions with neighboring law enforcement jurisdictions, discussions with county leadership, and most importantly interactions with you, the community we serve. The assessment team subsequently submitted a report to CALEA with their findings.
The report summary stated, “The overwhelming majority of comments concerning the Fairfax County Police Department were positive, stressing cooperation, professionalism, and commitment. Citizens and other government officials expressed their appreciation and support of agency personnel. These sentiments express the spirit of CALEA – providing and promoting positive interactions between the agency and the citizens they are sworn to serve.”
Colonel Roessler remarked, after receiving CALEA’s prestigious certification, “I am proud to say this department is now among only a few law enforcement agencies across the nation to maintain national accreditation status.” He added, “We want to ensure our community knows their police department is a progressive and innovative agency and will always strive to serve as a model of public safety professional excellence.”
The department is proud of this accomplishment, and will continue to strive to meet and exceed the best practices set forth by CALEA. The department will undergo annual assessments with CALEA through policy and procedure review. Additionally, on-site assessments will be conducted every four years to ensure we are in continued compliance with CALEA’s highest professional standards.
The department is proud of this accomplishment, and will continue to strive to exceed the best practices set forth by CALEA. The department will undergo annual assessments with CALEA through policy and procedure review. Additionally, on-site assessments will be conducted every four years to ensure we are in continued compliance with CALEA’s highest professional standards.