Every year the Virginia State Patrol releases the comprehensive “Crime in Virginia” which breaks down criminal offenses, state wide, by local law enforcement jurisdiction. The report is the state’s official voice on crime statistics for all state jurisdictions...…..except the Fairfax County Police. They don’t like the way the report makes them look and because of their aversion to releasing the true figures, national (The VSP report incorporated in the FBI’s annual report, “Crime in the United States.”) and state law enforcement officials don’t know the true homicide rate in Fairfax County, the only county in the state their not sure of.
Virtually every governmental body says that Fairfax County had at least 17 murders in 2013. But the Fairfax County Police, whose incredible $400,000,000 budget depends on low crime rates, says there were only 8 murders in the county in 2013.
Obsessively image conscious and terrified of bad press, the Fairfax County Police not only duck the truth, they fabricate it as well. The department has droned on about a drop in the county’s murder rate, claiming it fell 50% from the 16 killings in 2012. Yet in a private report prepared for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the police said that there were actually 17 homicides in the county.
They lie and they get away with it.
They get away with it for two reasons, firstly there is not one person in local government willing to take a stand against them and secondly, unlike all other jurisdictions in the state of Virginia, the Fairfax County cops tabulate their own crime statistics. And no one knows how they compile those figures and they refuse to share the methods used.
Part of the reason that the Fairfax County cops keep their methods secret is that they cook the books by using two methods to compile crime statistics. Meaning that if one method of counting crime (The Unified Crime Reporting) doesn’t work to the cop's advantage, they use a backup method (The Incident-Based Reporting) that is guaranteed to give them the results they want the public to see. If those two methods don’t work to the cop’s advantage they run the numbers again using a third system that calculates the numbers of victims involved with a crime. (while crimes against property and crimes against society are calculated based on the actual number of events.)
It's your government, it's your money. They'll get away with it as long as you let them get away with it.