Board moves to implement police-review recommendations

WASHINGTON — Two years after a Springfield, Virginia man was shot and killed by a police officer in the doorway of his own house, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is moving forward with changes recommended last month by a joint community and law enforcement commission.

The board on Tuesday recognized the members of the commission and is deciding who will be responsible for following up on each recommendation.

Many of the recommendations are focused on increasing oversight and improving training and transparency.

“The commission’s work has concluded, but our work has begun,” Chairman Sharon Bulova says. She adds that many of the recommendations are already being implemented.

Police Chief Ed Roessler only recently reversed a previous position to say that he is open to the panel’s recommendation for a civilian oversight commission if it is approved by the Board of Supervisors.

The board will look at the cost of implementing each recommendation, and whether legislative action is required to move each one forward.

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