Security Surveys Assess House of Worship Safety

Release from the Fairfax County Government NewsCenter

Our Police Department encourages faith leaders to request a security survey for their houses of worship. These surveys, which have been offered for years, assess a house of worship’s security level to verify its current level, modify policies if needed and offer ways to improve security. 

“The rich cultural, religious, racial and ethnic diversity that is Fairfax County is one of our greatest strengths and assets,” Chairman Jeffrey McKay said. “Our residents can experience and immerse themselves in cultures from around the world without having to leave the county. However, we know that there are people who do not share our values of inclusion, or view diversity as some sort of threat, and we wholeheartedly reject that notion as community.”  

There hasn’t been an increase in bias related crimes in the county, but there’s a rising trend of bias-related crimes across the country. It’s imperative to the Police Department that they’re proactive and continue efforts to keep the community safe.


Security Surveys are performed for houses of worship that request them, and follow-up surveys need to be requested as well. To request a Security Survey, houses of worship can reach out to the Crime Prevention Officer or Community Outreach Officer at the district station the facility is located in.

•    Sully District Station
•    Mount Vernon District Station 
•    McLean District Station  
•    Mason District Station
•    Reston District Station
•    Franconia District Station
•    West Springfield District Station
•    Fair Oaks District Station

Most surveys only take a couple hours, but it’s dependent on the size of the property. It’s preferred that the facility is open during the survey so the entire property can be accessed. 

These security surveys align with the Countywide Strategic Plan’s Safety and Security outcome area, helping to create spaces where all people feel safe at home, school, work and in the community.