Welcome

Thank you for taking this survey. It is 20 questions long and should take about 10 minutes to complete.

Survey Purpose
This survey was created by the City of Falls Church's Use of Force Review Committee. The Committee was formed by City Council in June 2020 to review the City's Police Department and Sheriff’s Office use of force policies and procedures, engage the community to gain insight into their experiences, report the findings of the review and community experiences, and make recommendations for changes to use of force policies and procedures.

Definitions
  • The City of Falls Church is an independent municipality in Northern Virginia. It is completely separate from Fairfax County, although some Falls Church mailing addresses are in Fairfax County, like Seven Corners, Bailey's Crossroads, Skyline, and Lake Barcroft. (Learn more about the City's boundaries here.)
  • The City's Police Department is responsible for the prevention, intervention, and investigation of all crimes and public safety related calls. They have a uniformed patrol unit, criminal investigations unit, dispatch, a school resource officer, and animal control.
  • The City's Sheriff's Office is a state law enforcement agency responsible for court security, prisoner transport, and civil and criminal processes (evictions, tax levies, and seizures). The deputies assist with traffic enforcement, emergency response, and security for events like parades and festivals.
  • According to the National Institute of Justice, the use of force by law enforcement officers becomes necessary and is permitted under specific circumstances, such as in self-defense or in defense of another individual or group.

    There is no single, universally agreed-upon definition of use of force. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has described use of force as the "amount of effort required by police to compel compliance by an unwilling subject."

    Officers and deputies receive guidance on use of force from their individual agencies.
Anecdotal Survey
The committee wants to hear from about the public's attitudes and behaviors towards the City's Police Department and Sheriff's Office. This survey will not be statistically significant; rather, it will provide anecdotes to help the committee inform their work and eventually provide recommendations to the City Council.

Survey Results
Once evaluated, this survey's results will be available on the committee's website, www.fallschurchva.gov/UFRC.

Questions
If you have any questions about this survey or the committee, please contact the Public Information Office, publicinfo@fallschurchva.gov.

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