Earlier this month, Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors approved the creation of a civilian board to review police complaints, similar to one currently at work in the District. The move is the latest in the county’s $35 million reform effort aimed at improving police accountability following the 2013 shooting of an unarmed man. Despite overwhelming support for the board, some are concerned about the additional cost for an already-strapped police department, as well as the ability of the board to collect sufficient evidence for thorough investigations. Kojo learns about the role of the civilian review board and how effective D.C.’s version has been at improving police accountability.


  • Michael Tobin Executive Director, District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints
  • Sean Corcoran President, Fairfax Coalition of Police Local 5000; Detective, Fairfax County Police Department
  • Cathy Hudgins Member, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (D-Hunter Mill)


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