Archive for November, 2011

Online Police Reporting Now Available

The Prince William County Police Department has added a new online crime/incident reporting capability to its website: www.pwcgov.org/police. This online police reporting system provides a convenient option for the public to file reports for certain types of non-emergency incidents that occurred within the Prince William County Police Department’s jurisdiction.

Is online reporting right for you? It is if:

  • The crime/incident you’re reporting is not an emergency (for emergencies, please call 9-1-1).
  • The crime/incident occurred in Prince William County (e.g., not City of Manassas or City of Manassas Park).
  • You do not know who committed the crime/incident (e.g., there are no known suspects).
  • You are 18 years old, or older.
  • You have an e-mail address where information can be sent to you.

What types of crimes/incidents can you report online?

  • Harassing Calls, Texts & E-mails: defined as unwanted phone calls, text messages or e-mails of an annoying or harassing nature.
  • Hit & Run: defined as your vehicle or property is struck by a vehicle, causing damage with no personal injury.
  • Larceny / Theft: defined as your property is taken without your permission (you cannot use this online system to report stolen firearms or prescription drug offenses).
  • Larceny / Theft from Auto: defined as property is stolen from within, or off of, a motor vehicle.
  • Lost Property: defined as property unintentionally left behind, or property lost at an unknown time and/or location.
  • Vandalism: defined as the act of changing, defacing, or damaging public or private property.
  • Vandalism to Auto: defined as a motor vehicle is damaged or defaced.
  • Supplement to a Report Already Filed: defined as you have additional information to add to a report previously filed online, over the telephone, or to a police officer (you must have a case number and officer’s name in order to supplement an existing report).

Upon completing the online report, you will receive an e-mail notification that your report has been submitted. This e-mail includes a temporary report number and a copy of the temporary police report to print and to keep for your records. Please use the system responsibly. Filing a false police report is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by confinement in jail for not more than 12 months, or a fine of not more than $2,500, or both.

All cases filed using the Online Police Reporting System will be reviewed. Upon review, if more information regarding your case is needed, you may be contacted by the Police Department. A final confirmation with a permanent report number will be e-mailed to you.  To avoid having your notification rejected as “spam” or junk mail, please add VaPrinceWilliamCountyPd@coplogic.com to your e-mail contacts list.

For additional information regarding this program, please contact Ms. Gretchen L. Kirsch, Telephone & Online Reporting Unit Supervisor at 703-792-6560 or Captain James L. Carr, Administrative Services Bureau Commander at 703-792-6578.

Prince William County Social Media Sites

Prince William County Government currently has several social media outlets for citizens and other interested parties to exchange news and information about County Government programs and services.  They are:

National Adoption Day Celebrated

The Prince William County Department of Social Services will host the 2011 National Adoption Day Ceremony on Saturday, November 19, at 10 a.m., in the Prince William County Circuit Court.  The ceremony will honor five children who are being adopted from foster care in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.  

National Adoption Day is a local campaign to encourage families throughout the Prince William community to open their hearts and homes to children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. Currently, thirteen children in the Prince William area are growing up without permanent families of their own. Children enter foster care through no fault of their own; as victims of child abuse, neglect or abandonment. The parents’ legal rights have been terminated, allowing the children to be eligible for a permanent home.

For more information, please contact Debbie Carter, Department of Social Services, 703-792-4795, or dcarter@pwcgov.org.