News release from the Fairfax County Police Department
Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. is pleased to share with our community his selection of commanders for promotion, to include Major Matt Owens.
Major Matt Owens will command the Internal Affairs Bureau. He has been part of the FCPD family for 21 years. He started his career at the West Springfield District Station, where he served as a patrol officer, a member of the Neighborhood Patrol Unit, and a detective in the Criminal Investigations Section. He then decided he wanted to be a supervisor, and was soon after promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Sully District Police Station. Owens then served as Second Lieutenant in the Internal Affairs Bureau’s Investigation Division, and was promoted to First Lieutenant as a Police Liaison Commander at the Department of Public Safety Communications. He returned to the Sully Station as the Assistant Commander before being promoted to Captain in 2016. Owens led the Planning and Research Bureau at Public Safety Headquarters, which entailed many responsibilities including directing the Department’s Diversion First Program, Crisis Intervention Training, and coordinating the Department’s community outreach programs, including the Police Leaders of Tomorrow program, which he founded. Since September of 2017, Owens has served as the Commander of the Mount Vernon District Station. While leading the Mount Vernon District Station, Owens continued to serve as a commander on the Department’s Crisis Negotiations Team and represents the Police Department on the Fairfax County Alternative Accountability Program’s planning committee.
Major Owens has completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police – Leadership in Police Organizations course. He obtained a Department of Criminal Justice Services instructor certification and now teaches the Leadership in Police Organizations course to law enforcement agencies around the country as an IACP National Instructor. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Liberty University, and also graduated the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Professional Executive Leadership School. He is happily married to his wife of 13 years and they have two children together.
Chief Roessler would also like to share the following promotions:
Jerry D. Watts
Police First Lieutenant
Shawn T. Bauer
Marisa D. Kuhar
All promotions go into effect on Saturday, April 27. Please join us in wishing them all a hearty congratulations!