"I am proud that Fairfax County is the safest jursidiction of its size in the United States, but there is always more work to do in keeping our neighborhoods and community safe."
Chairman Bulova believes safety is the bedrock for a successful community. With over 1.2 million residents, Fairfax County has the lowest crime rate of a jurisdiction of our size, as well as one of the lowest officer-to-citizen ratio in the nation.
In 2013, the Fairfax County Police Department was granted national certification as a crime prevention community. Both our Police and Fire and Rescue Departments emphasize prevention as a way to keep our community safe. Firefighters regularly knock on doors and offer assistance in checking smoke alarms, or checking other items that may cause a fire or an injury. They visited over 40,000 homes in 2013 and installed over 6,000 smoke alarms.
Police, Fire and Rescue, and our Sherrif's Department have unique roles in the Fairfax County community. Each department is focused on recruiting and retaining men and women from diverse backgrounds so that these organizations that interface with our community every day reflect the diversity of Fairfax County.
Chairman Bulova established the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission to evaluate current policies and practices of the Fairfax County Police Department. The Commission recommended changes that will help Fairfax County achieve its goal of maintaining a safe community, ensuring a culture of public trust, and making sure our policies provide for the fair and timely resolution of Police-involved incidents. Read Final Report.