The two Fairfax County civilian bodies created to monitor police department investigations are ready to begin reviewing allegations of improper use of force and other misconduct, county officials announced Thursday.
The Independent Police Auditor and a nine-member Civilian Review Panel were appointed in response to questions about how the county handled an investigation into the 2013 shooting of an unarmed man outside his home in Springfield.
The auditor will review cases in which someone is shot by a police officer, dies while in custody or is injured after an officer uses force.
The Civilian Review Panel will review investigations into alleged harassment by police, reckless endangerment and other cases of misconduct.
Complaints can be made by telephoning the independent auditor at 703-324-3459 or filling out a form at the Fairfax County website.