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INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE 

 

 

 

Lt. H.M. Perry

The Manassas Park Police Department is an active participant with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Lieutenant Mike Perry has been a member of the task force for the past several years.  In that time, Lieutenant Perry  investigated almost 100 cases involving child predators on-line and works closely with the Virginia State Police and federal authorities.  He has been trained on the newest technology and has a fluent understanding of today’s social networking sights.  As part of this task force, Lieutenant Perry is provided with tools to train teens, parents, teachers, and other leaders the importance of being safe on the internet. 

If you would like to have your group benefit from this training, please contact Lieutenant Perry at 703-335-0188. 

In addition, training classes will be posted on this web site as well as the Manassas Park web site for upcoming classes on internet safety.             

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Investigation Services Division 

The Investigation Services Division investigates crimes that have been reported to the City of Manassas Park Police Department that did not result in an immediate arrest.  They follow up on all incidents that require extended investigations beyond the initial report. Detectives assigned to this unit conduct various types of investigations ranging from misdemeanor crimes to serious felonies prior to presenting the case and charges to the City of Manassas Park Prosecutor and/ or the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

Detectives also work closely as the liaison to other law enforcement agencies and serve on various inter-agency task forces; to include the City of Manassas Park/ City of Manassas/ Prince William County Regional Narcotic Task Force, the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, and the Northern Virginia/ District of Columbia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The Investigative Services Division is directed by Captain Mario Lugo                 703-335-0665                        

 

Detective Frank D. Winston

Criminal Investigator

Detective Winston comes back to Manassas Park with 12 years of public safety experience.  Detective Winston worked with the Manassas Park Fire and Rescue Department from 2000 to 2006 when he transferred to the Police Department.  In 2008, he went to work for the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office in Calvert County, Maryland.  There, Detective Winston began as a patrol deputy and then was promoted to the bureau of criminal investigations, primarily working on crimes against children.  Detective Winston returned to Manassas Park in January 2012 and is happy to be back “home” serving the citizens of Manassas Park, Virginia.

For more information on Criminal Investigation, please contact:

Detective Winston, Criminal Investigator              703-361-1136  

                                                            

 

 

 

                            Detective Steven J. Loving

                                           Criminal Investigator

In 2002, Detective Loving began his law enforcement career. He joined the Manassas Park Police Department in 2005 and served the citizens  with assignments in the Patrol Division and as a School Resource Officer.  Most recently, he was a member of the Prince William County/Manassas/Manassas Park Vice Narcotics Task Force.  Detective Loving brings patience and determination, as well as the ability to successfully investigate a variety of crimes, to the Criminal Investigations Division.   

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Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force

Through the support of the Honorable Frank R. Wolf of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, the Congress of the United States has funded the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force as part of the Department of Justice Appropriations Bill since July 2003.

The Gang Task Force was established as a multi-jurisdictional partnership comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to address gang activity in Northern Virginia through dedicated officers and resources, thereby making the region inhospitable to gang activity. The Manassas Park Police Department is represented on this taskforce with one investigator who operates specifically on gang related activities that develop within the City, as well as investigations to reduce activities within the jurisdictions of the task force.

The goals of the Gang Task Force were built upon three component strategies: enforcement, prevention/education, and intervention. The result is a coordinated law enforcement and public information effort to combat gang activity.   

CALL 703-GET-HELP
The Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force
Resource Information Line

To confidentially report gang activity to law enforcement staff of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, please call 1-866-NO-GANGS.

Prince William Area Gang Response Intervention Team (G.R.I.T.)

Serving Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park  

Gangs continue to be of concern in the Prince William Area and are being addressed through a well coordinated and comprehensive regional strategy of enforcement, education, prevention and intervention. The Gang Response Intervention Team (G.R.I.T.) is a dedicated group of concerned public and private citizens who want to bring a coordinated response to this challenging issue. The G.R.I.T. coordinator is available to answer questions concerning gangs or to help guide you to the resources you might need to help address a gang issue. 

Mission

The mission of the Prince William Gang Response Intervention Team is to bring together key public officials and community leaders from Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park (the Prince William Area) who can advise on and promote the coordination of, and encourage a collaborative community-based response to, the region’s gang prevention efforts. 

Goal

Prevent children, youth and young adults from gang involvement and assist gang-involved youth and young adults at-risk of gang involvement to leave the gang lifestyle. 

Objectives 

*       Promote and support information sharing among all agencies and groups that have a stake in serving gang involved young people and those who are at risk of gang involvement, and their families.

*       Educate and involve the community in a collective response to gang prevention and intervention, by raising awareness of gang issues and the availability of resources and possibilities for addressing those issues.

*       Develop shared strategies for a collaborated and coordinated response to gang involvement.

*       Assess gang involvement and its relationship to existing resources and prevention/intervention efforts, and develop strategies to prioritize and redirect resources.

*       Identify additional funding opportunities to provide resources for G.R.I.T.

*       Coordinate local gang prevention/intervention efforts with those of the Northern Virginia region.

Strategies  

*       Cooperate in a comprehensive regional assessment of gang activity and prevention/intervention/suppression efforts in the Northern Virginia region and the Prince William Area. Develop a gang prevention/intervention strategic plan for the Prince William area based upon the regional assessment.

*       Identify gaps in service and promote development of needed resources, or recommend the realignment of existing resources, to address those gaps.

*       Monitor gang activity in the Prince William Area in general, as well as the impact of that activity on the community.

*       Participate in gang prevention activities at the local, regional and state levels and ensure that the Prince William Area’s efforts are coordinated with those efforts.

*       Provide information and outreach to parents and adults working with children and youth concerning gang issues and gang prevention.

For general information, or for gang prevention and intervention resources, contact the G.R.I.T. coordinator at:

 

31st Judicial District Court Service Unit

9540 Center Street, Suit 200

Manassas, Virginia 20110

703-792-5392

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PATROL DIVISION


The Patrol Division is the largest division in the police department and the patrol officer is the most visible person on the police department. They patrol the streets 24 hours a day, every day, responding to almost any call for service. The Patrol Section is divided into four squads working on 12-hour permanent shifts daily. Each squad is headed by either a Lieutenant and/ or Sergeant and they are responsible for the three officers assigned to them. The primary duties of the Patrol Section are to respond to calls, render assistance to persons in need, conduct preliminary investigations, and preserve the peace while preventing crime. In addition to this they also perform traffic enforcement duties within the City. The police department responds to approximately 25,000 calls for service each year.

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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT


All of our police officers, to include command staff, SRO, CRO, and detectives may also stop vehicles for traffic infractions. MPPD enforces the traffic code of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the City of Manassas Park City Code for all traffic infractions. Common traffic offenses enforced are speeding, failing to obey highway signs, traffic light violations, DUI/ DUID, and no seat belt (child or adult). Our police officers are also responsible for accident investigation and crash reconstruction. Parking complaints are also handled.

With the exception of a few locations, the speed limit within the City of Manassas Park is 25 miles per hour (mph). The speed limit on Centreville Road (Route 28) is 35 mph, as is Signal View Drive, which passes by Signal Hill Park heading towards Manassas Drive. On Manassas Drive, from the exit of the General Ridge Golf Club westbound to Railroad Drive is 35 mph. Beginning just east of Mace Street to Railroad Drive, the speed limit is 25 mph on Manassas Drive. Euclid Avenue beginning north of Conner Drive over Manassas Drive and heading by the Manassas Park Middle and High Schools to Euclid Court are 25 mph. All residential areas and one-way streets are generally 25 mph and 15 mph, respectively unless otherwise posted.  

Polk Street, from Cabbel Drive, past Kirby Street, to Manassas Drive is Manassas Park’s first street to be designated an “enhanced penalty speeding zone”. Violations of the posted 15 mph limit result in a $200 fine plus court costs on this one-way residential street. 

Please be advised that all police officers will be enforcing the speed limits of these roads with RADAR-equipped patrol cars. Officers will utilize both marked and un-marked patrol cars, either in stationary, mobile, or pace mode. LIDAR (light detection and ranging) is also in use in the stationary mode only. Bicycle Patrol Officers are authorized to use stationary RADAR units as well!  

In an effort to curb motor vehicle accidents and respond to citizen complaints of speeding and aggressive driving in area neighborhoods, our agency will announce primary radar enforcement and targeted aggressive driving locations in the City of Manassas Park.

Selective Enforcement Requests

For the Months of April/May 2014

Digital/W. Carondelet Drives - Speeding

Jack Drive - Speeding

Brandon Street - Highway Sign Violations

Denver/Holden Drives - Speeding

Colburn Drive/Adams Street - Speeding

DRIVE SMART, SAFE, and SOBER 

 

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 Community and Police Working Together = The City of Manassas Park  

The police officers, emergency communication specialists, administrative support and command staff personal of Manassas Park Police Department (MPPD) want to wish that all of their residents and daily visitors DRIVE SMART, SAFE, and SOBER this holiday season and throughout 2008. MPPD will be participating in several pro-active DUI/ DUID (driving under the influence/ driving under the influence of drugs) initiatives; such as sobriety checkpoints and mobile selective enforcement details, in support of the “NONE for the ROAD” campaign from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.  

For further information on these programs and others that deal with the law, public policy, victim services, program assistance, crash statistics, and general information please review the following links:

 VA Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control www.abc.state.va.us

VA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) www.dmvnow.com

Washington Regional Alcohol Program www.wrap.org

(Checkpoint Strike Force)

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) www.madd.org

 

REMEMBER: 

FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS

DRINK and DRIVE!!! 

Slow Down… Watch Your Speed!  

Look Out For Children.

Obey Traffic Signs

A Stop Sign Means STOP!!!

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K-9 Teams

Manassas Park Police Canine (K-9) teams provide line support to members of the Department with highly mobile, specially trained police service dogs.  K-9 teams perform preventative patrol, including inspection activity, oriented toward prevention of crimes, maintenance of public order and responds to calls for services, traffic direction, and control.  The trained law enforcement K-9 team is a valuable supplement to police operations. 

 

Captain. M. Lugo with Brutus

BRUTUS is a Belgian Malinoi.  He and his handler are certified through the Virginia Police Canine Association  in Patrol - Utility and Narcotics Detection.   BRUTUS and his handler received the Professional Canine Association "Pro K-9 Team Award" upon graduating K9 school in October 2007.   In addition, in 2008, they won the Virginia Police Canine Association "Narcotic Case of the Year" .  In 2009, the team received the Virginia Police Canine Association award again.  The City of Manassas Park, also,  recognized them as employees of the year. 

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Officer B. Sproule with Eli

Eli is a 6 year old German Shepherd trained as an explosive detection/patrol dog.   Officer Sproule has been with our department for four years and graduated as a certified canine handler June 18, 2010, through the Virginia Police Canine Association.  Both Officer Sproule and his partner Eli can be seen patrolling our schools and VRE  lot at all hours of the day and night.

 

 

Officer B. Dillard with Chase

Officer Dillard has been employed with the City of Manassas Park Police Department for more than six years.  K-9 Chase is a 22 month old German Shepherd originally from Holland.   Both handler and canine successfully completed dual purpose training for Narcotics/Patrol Utility work in Culpeper, VA.  Additionally, K-9 Officer Dillard and Chase are certified through the Virginia Police Canine Association.  In order to be deemed “Certified”, the team must prove their proficiency in the areas in which they will function in real life situations and attend weekly training sessions.   They are currently assigned to midnight shift.


 

Regional Narcotic Task Force

 

 

What is the Regional Narcotic Task Force?

 
The taskforce is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics investigative unit serving the City of Manassas Park, City of Manassas, and Prince William County. The Task Force is composed of investigators from the above jurisdictions, as well as the Virginia State Police and various federal Law Enforcement Agencies. The primary focus of the Task Force is to reduce the availability of illegal substances by targeting individuals and groups involved in the importation, manufacturing, distribution, and possession of those substances. The Task Force conducts operations against street level dealers, major traffickers and clandestine laboratories.

Why does it take so long to investigate drug crimes?  

Police officers can not make an arrest or obtain a search warrant for drugs on mere suspicion. Anonymous tips from citizens about drug houses or individuals dealing drugs are important to police efforts, but is only a beginning in an actual drug investigation. Tips from citizens must be proved accurate independently by police officers in order for legal action to be taken. Sometimes independent verification may take months, other times it may occur in a matter of days.

What is Possession with Intent to Distribute?

Possession with Intent to Distribute
may be best defined as a sufficient amount of an illegal substance that constitutes a higher penalty for its possession under Virginia Law. Each controlled substance has its own limit as to what may constitute either simple possession or trafficking.


What is Methamphetamine?

° Methamphetamine hydrochloride
is a highly addictive narcotic that appears as an off-white or white powdery or chunky substance. Methamphetamine is known on the street as "speed", or "crank". The use of meth includes smoking, injecting or ingestion.
° In recent years, methamphetamine has been homemade in illegal clandestine laboratories operated by addicts and dealers.

What is "Ice"?

"Ice" is re-crystallized  methamphetamine
or methamphetamine in its' purest state. Ice generally takes the form of clear crystallized chunks. It will dissolve in water and breaks down to smaller particles. The use of ice induces a sense of euphoria and stimulating the release of dopamine in the human brain. In this form, the drug can only be smoked. Ice is an extremely additive narcotic.

What is cocaine?


Cocaine is an alkaloid
in the leaves of the South American shrub Erythroxylon coca and its powerful psycho stimulant which induces a sense of exhilaration by blocking the reuptake of neurotransmitter dopamine in the midbrain. Cocaine can be smoked (crack form), snorted, ingested or injected into the human body.

What is marijuana?


° Marijuana
is a cultivated herbal plant. The marijuana plant is a unique, green, leafy plant. Marijuana use induces a euphoric effect on the brain by the inhalation of smoke containing THC, a psycho stimulant.
° Marijuana is the most common of all drugs in North America.
According to government statistics, about 140 million people-nearly 2.5% of the Earth's population-smoke marijuana.

What is "ecstasy"?


MDMA commonly referred to as ecstasy is a clandestinely created stimulant most commonly found in tablet or pill form. The drug is commonly refed to as "X" and is often distributed in nightclubs and on college campuses.

What is a meth lab?


Most simply, a meth lab is a certain collection of items, chemicals and equipment that, when used in certain orders, can produce methamphetamine.

How can I identify a meth lab?

A meth lab can be best identified
through the collection of its parts.  A meth lab may not be a laboratory-type set up in one single location. The nature of clandestine methamphetamine manufacture indicates that meth lab components may be everyday household items, and therefore, not easily distinguishable by the layman. Indicators, such as a large number of starting fluid cans, drain cleaners, coffee filters, mason jars, matchbooks, sinus pills, or their blister packs, lithium batteries and propane tanks are indicative of a meth lab. Strong odors such as ether or ammonia may be present. The toxic natures of meth labs dictate extreme caution when dealing with them. If you suspect items may part of a meth lab, one should never open to move contents, but instead, call your MPPD at 703-361—136 or 911 depending on other circumstances.
How can I identify a drug house?


Dealers often use homes
as a focal point for their customers to purchase drugs. Observations such as a high volume of short stay traffic or persons waiting outside for long periods of time-even in severe weather conditions-may indicate that a home is being used as a distribution point for illegal drugs.

How do I report drug activity in my area?

If you have information
concerning drug activity in your area, there are several options for you, as a citizen, to report the activity. If you are in the Manassas Park area, you may call the Manassas Park Police Department at 703-361-1136.  You need not provide your name. You may also provide the appropriate information to our special traffic/criminal activity enforcement link listed below this section.

How do police officers obtain search warrants?


A search warrant
for a residence or business suspected of being a distribution point for illegal narcotics is obtained through the lawful court order of a judge or magistrate. This order is given to police upon them providing documentation and sworn testimony to a judge or magistrate concerning suspected illegal activity at a given location. The police must demonstrate to the judge or magistrate probable cause to believe that the illegal activity is ongoing. Probable cause is more than just suspicion but less than absolute certainty. Typically narcotics investigations ending with a search warrant at a residence take weeks to months to complete.

What are some indicators of drug abuse?
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° Symptoms of drug abuse
vary from drug to drug. In addition, the length of time of abuse of a drug has a direct correlation to possible symptoms.
° Methamphetamine abuse generally exhibits itself, in the beginning, as a form of paranoia, severe sleeplessness, pasty skin, and reclusiveness towards family and friends. Whereas prolonged use generally displays a general disregard for personal hygiene, weight loss, and fornication, or "crank bugs"-a feverous scratching of the skin in a hallucinogenic state causing deep wounds.
° Cocaine abuse indicators generally begin with anxiety, depression, irritability, extreme fatigue, physical deterioration-usually manifesting itself in weight loss. Other indicators may include burned fingertips and lips (from utilizing a glass pipe in which to smoke crack cocaine), discolored front eyeteeth from the heat of the pipe, and pigmentation dispersal of the whites of the human eye. Cocaine creates an intense craving for more. Heavy users of cocaine may exhibit compulsive and repetitive patterns of behavior. Social consequences of heavy cocaine use may manifest itself as personal isolation and the pushing away of beloved family or friends. 

The Manassas Park Police Department encourages citizens to assist us in maintaining safe neighborhoods and streets.  By completing the Special Traffic/Criminal Activity Enforcement Request , our Officer's will know where, and when to set up radar or other proactive criminal enforcement efforts within the community in addition to our normal enforcement goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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