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Posted on: September 18, 2020

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Use of Force Review Committee Established by City Council

The City Council created the Use of Force Review Committee (UFRC) to review the City of Falls Church 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. Applications to serve on the committee are closed. City Council is expected to appoint the members this summer. 

The formation of the UFRC is the first step of the Commit to Action pledge created by former President Barack Obama, and signed by Mayor David Tarter with the support of City Council and Police Chief Mary Gavin. See the full news release on the Use of Force Committee here.

Mayor Signs "Commit to Action Pledge" with Support from City Council and Police Chief

City of Falls Church Mayor David Tarter signed Former President Obama’s Mayor’s Pledge calling for mayors, city councils, and police oversight bodies to address police use of force policies. At their June 8 meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to join the Mayor in taking this pledge. The pledge includes a commitment to:

  • REVIEW police use of force policies;
  • ENGAGE your communities by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in your review;
  • REPORT the findings of your review to your community and seek feedback;
  • REFORM your community’s police use of force policies. 

More information: See the City’s full news release here.

Statements on Racism and the Murder of George Floyd

The City Council and City Manager provide a joint statement below, followed by a statement from Mary Gavin, Chief of Police.

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