Any DWI conviction will be a felony if a person has a prior conviction of any of the following:
- Involuntary manslaughter alcohol
- Involuntary manslaughter alcohol boating
- DWI maiming
- Boating while intoxicated maiming
- DWI third offense or subsequent
A DWI felony conviction mandates a minimum fine of $1,000 and one year in prison.
Texting While Driving:
Texting while driving is a primary offense with increased penalties. Texting or reading text messages while driving is illegal for all drivers, no matter their age. A texting while driving conviction will carry a $125 fine for the first offense and $250 for the second or subsequent offenses. The new law increases the punishment of any person convicted of reckless driving to include a $250 mandatory fine if the person was texting at the time of a reckless driving offense.
Virginia law requires that every moped driver operating on Virginia roadways carry a government-issued photo ID (does not have to be a driver’s license). Every driver and passenger must wear a helmet while riding a moped. Drivers must also wear a face shield, safety glasses or goggles unless the moped has a windshield. Virginia law requires mopeds operated on Virginia roadways to be titled and registered by July 1, 2014.
In Virginia, you must be at least age 16 to drive a moped. Operation of mopeds is prohibited on the interstate. It is illegal to drive a moped if your license is suspended or revoked for DUI/drugs or if you are a habitual offender.
The Community Services Division offers a variety of services in order to achieve our mission which include, but are not limited to the following:
Community Resource Officer (CRO)
Community Resource Officers are specifically trained to act as a liaison between the community and the police department in all matters dealing with crime prevention.
Each CRO represents the police department by providing a variety of subjects for presentation to citizen groups. Some of the subjects available include personal safety, workplace violence, burglary prevention, identity theft, holiday safety and gang awareness. Contact the Community Service Division to schedule a presentation on any of these subjects, or if you have a subject that is not listed but would be relevant to your community’s needs.
CRO contact is listed below:
Officer William Quesenberry 703-335-0822
Citizens Police Academy
City of Manassas Park Police
January through March 2014
The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) provides an opportunity for citizens to learn directly about police operations. Through a series of lectures, field trips, and simulated activities, citizens are provided training similar to that of an actual police officer. The CPA is of benefit to the community and the department because it builds relationships and creates a cadre of citizens who are better informed about the reality of police work.
The academy runs for eleven weeks with most classes held between 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights.
Unless otherwise specified, classes are conducted at the Police Headquarters (329 Manassas Drive Manassas Park, VA 20111). Some off-site visits are made to other locations where transportation will be provided.
Instruction is provided by Manassas Park Police Department personnel, as well as other legal authorities or agencies as needed.
§ Overview of Department Operations and Organization
§ Introduction to Community Oriented Policing
§ Patrol Functions - Traffic Control
§ Firearms Operations
§ Vice/Narcotics Operations
§ Communications and the processing of calls for service
§ Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
§ Must be either a Manassas Park resident, business owner, employed in the city or connected to the city in some way
§ Must pass a criminal history background check
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
BEFORE CONTRACTING WITH A LOCKSMITH
Any business that sells, installs, or services locks must be licensed by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
- The contract for locksmith services must contain the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) business license number. This number will begin with "11" followed by a four-digit number. (Example: 11-5432)
- You can verify the business has a valid license number by visiting our website at [Facility Search] or by calling the Division of Regulatory Affairs at 804-786-4700.
Any individual that sells, installs, or services locks must be registered by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
· The locksmith, that responds to a call for service, must present credentials issued by DCJS (photo ID or letter of registration) upon your request.
· If they cannot produce valid DCJS credentials, it is recommended that you do not do business with them.
· You can verify the an individual has a valid registration number by visiting our website at [License Search] or by calling the Division of Regulatory Affairs at 804-786-4700.
If you would like to file a formal complaint with the Department of Criminal Justice Services against a Locksmith business or individual, please fill out our complaint form and attach all related documents/contracts/correspondence that support your complaint.
A complaint form is available on our website at
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seniors.. Here are a few to share with your seniors:
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· *****Senior scams on the rise in the Richmond area (Virginia Triad noted in the article);
· *****Parking lot scams targeting seniors:
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· *****Government call scams asking for money:
Consumer Action Handbook is an excellent resource with contact information for federal, state, and local government agencies and numerous useful tips.
FTC publications: there are many brochures
to choose from, but If you look under
the left toolbar under bulk orders:
you will find a number of excellent handouts to order.
Also, check out the FTC’s
most recent scam alerts to print what you need.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has a list of common mail scams and frauds: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/investigations/MailFraud/fraudschemes/FraudSchemes.aspx
their latest scheme alerts, which are easy to print:
This information is provided by the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. Visit their website for news releases and to sign up for the citizens email update: http://www.ag.virginia.gov/
Neighborhood Watch is a powerful tool that brings citizens together to make their neighborhood a safer place to live.
Residents are more familiar with their neighborhood than anyone and are the most qualified to recognize when something is amiss. Neighbors work in partnership with the police department to identify suspicious or unusual people, vehicles, or activity that may indicate a developing problem.
Interested? Questions? Concerns? Comments?
Active Neighborhood Watch Groups
Historic Manassas Park Neighborhood Watch
Blooms Crossing Neighborhood Watch
contact Heather Gustin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Resource Officers are available to assist with developing a Neighborhood Watch Program in Manassas Park’s residential communities.
School Resource Officer (SRO)
The Manassas Park School Board and the Manassas Park Police Department have joined forces in an invaluable program which benefits Manassas Park’s greatest resources - its children.
School Resource Officers are considered a part of the staff at the school where they work. The students and staff deserve the best protection from problems that are more likely to come from outside their campuses. One police officer is posted full time at Manassas Park Middle School and one at Manassas Park High School. These officers frequently visit both Manassas Park Elementary School and Cougar Elementary School. These officers are not there to serve as security guards, but to provide a professional police resource to the staff and students.
School Resource Officers are available to assist students and staff in a number of ways. Not only do they respond to problems which are criminal in nature, they are involved in the classroom by sharing their particular field of knowledge on anything from career presentations to government and civic classes. This arrangement has been beneficial to both the Police Department and the School Board. While the school has the officer available at a moments notice, the number of patrol officer responses to the schools to handle problems has been dramatically reduced.
SRO contact information is listed below:
Officer Derek Solomon Manassas Park High School 703-361-9131
Manassas Park Middle School 703-361-1510
When the Going Gets Scruff Bullying Video
The National Crime Prevention Council is excited to unveil our new animated short video on bullying, When the Going Gets Scruff<http://www.ncpc.org/about/when-the-going-gets-scruff>, which is intended for children ages 5 to 9 to view in school and in after school settings. Bullying has become an epidemic and a public health concern.
The seven-minute animation features the long-standing crime prevention icon McGruff the Crime Dog and his nephew Scruff®. From this video children learn that they shouldn’t ignore bullying or enter physical altercations with their opponents. The two take-away messages for children are, “Don’t bystand. Lend a hand,” and “Stop, talk, and walk.” Additionally, NCPC has drafted discussion questions to accompany When the Going Gets Scruff that can be used by facilitators to encourage discussion among students after they’ve viewed the video.
The video and accompanying discussion questions are available to download free of charge on NCPC’s website (www.ncpc.org<http://www.ncpc.org>), NCPC’s website for children (www.mcgruff.org<http://www.mcgruff.org>), and various other video streaming sites such as YouTube (www.youtube.com/NCPC82<http://www.youtube.com/NCPC82>), for use by parents, teachers, caregivers, and law enforcement.
Funded by the Community Oriented Policing Services office of the U.S. Department of Justice, the goal of this new animated short video is to increase the number of law enforcement officers who partner with school staff and community stakeholders to address and prevent bullying.
Business Watch works in the same way as Neighborhood Watch, except that it is tailored to meet the needs of the business community.
This is achieved through partnerships with various business and professional groups and the police department.
A business watch can keep businesses within a geographical area aware of important crime trends and related information.
Vacation Home Check
As a service to the citizens of the City, the Manassas Park Police Department offers free vacation house checks. Officers will periodically check the exterior of your home while you are away. This service helps to deter potential burglars and provides for additional security while your house is unoccupied.
Vacation house check forms Request for House Check must be submitted in person, with a valid I.D., to the Manassas Park Police Department from Monday at 9:00 am through Friday at 4:00 pm.
Houses not eligible for the service are:
§ Houses unoccupied and under construction.
§ Houses unoccupied and listed for sale/show by realtors.
§ Houses where the owner has hired or appointed another person to periodically be there.
Property owners whose houses fall under these above exclusions may request an extra patrol.
Additional information about vacation house checks or extra patrol requests may be obtained by calling the Manassas Park Police Department at our 24 hour non-emergency number/dispatch (703)361-1136.
Community Resource Officers will inspect a residential or commercial property at no cost to the property owner. Once the inspection is complete the officer will provide a written report that identifies areas where the owner has done a great job with security, and will make recommendations on improvements in design elements such as locks, lighting, or landscaping where needed. Call the Community Service Division at 703-361-1136 to schedule your Security Survey today!
Safer by Design
The Safer by Design philosophy recognizes that neighborhood environments can either encourage or discourage criminal activity. Crime Prevention officers utilize the principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), a major component of Safer by Design, to identify the design elements that make it easier for criminals to operate. Through access control, territoriality, and natural surveillance – the ability to observe the natural surroundings, Crime Prevention officers help citizens take corrective measures to strengthen their personal security. These are the same principles that are applied when officers conduct residential or commercial security surveys, and when participating in the City’s Site Plan Review Committee which reviews all new construction and major renovation plans.
Police Station Tours
Police station tours are offered to the public by appointment only, between the hours of 8am to 8pm, Monday through Friday. Request for tours must be made at least 3 days in advance. To schedule a tour, please contact MPPD at 703-361-1136.
Each tour includes an explanation of various sections and services offered by the Manassas Park Police Department. Most areas of the police station will be toured as long as no sensitive business or investigations are being conducted. An average tour is approximately 30-40 minutes long with questions and answers.
Groups should not exceed 20 individuals; smaller groups may be combined with other individual groups.
Tours may be terminated if groups are disruptive; therefore, we ask that there be a sufficient number of adults to provide supervision of children. No minors or children under 18 will be permitted to tour the building without a parent/guardian and/or appropriate care-giver of age present.
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.
*Refuse To Be A Victim® is not a firearms instruction course, nor is the NRA directly or indirectly endorsed by the City of Manassas Park or the instructor.