After seeing years of neglect, residents of the Woodbridge Magisterial District are now getting a response from Supervisor Frank Principi to their complaints about the out-of-control day laborer problem along the Route One corridor in Woodbridge. Principi is publicly requesting the Prince William Police Department actually do something as novel as enforcing the law, and begin to cite unlawfully loitering day laborers when they are encountered, if the Police Department can figure out a way to determine whether they actually have the authority to act as a law enforcement agency. It didn’t take long after Hilda Barg left the Board of County Supervisors for things to start to improve in Woodbridge.
Fortunately for Frank Principi and the other residents of Woodbridge, the Police Department’s leadership does seem to have recently discovered that while carrying firearms and citation books they do have the ability to actually engage in the practice of law enforcement. After complaints about what has been happening at the 7-11 on Coverstone Drive near Manassas, the department’s leadership finally decided to enforce the law there and in within a week, the day laborers pretty much disappeared until this exercise came to an apparent end. Perhaps Chief Deane bothered to ask Manassas City Police Chief Skinner how he managed to perform this miracle of law enforcement and prevent the establishment of any informal day laborer sites within the City of Manassas. Everywhere it is done, when police officers actually start to enforce loitering laws, or at least show a presence, these day laborer sites begin to clean up rather dramatically and quickly.
Here’s a hint to all you day laborers out there, who are finding it difficult to locate a safe place to congregate, piss on the landscaping, harass female passersby, and dump trash all over: There’s still Manassas Park. It would take months for the Manassas Park Governing Board to respond to citizens complaints on this issue, if ever. If and when they ever chase you out of there, the Centreville Public Library is a safe place for lawbreakers, and there’s a steady stream of children available for your amusement, sexual and otherwise. So don’t take this latest action as a sign that there’s no hope left for you. Even if Virginia gets too tough, there’s always Maryland, where they’ll not only welcome you, but give you a driver’s license.
Kudos to Frank Principi, who was willing to recognize the severity of this problem (which is likely very sensitive politically for him) and ask that something be done. The day laborer sites in Woodbridge have been completely out of control, and it’s about time that Supervisors start demanding some action here.
Hopefully this could be the start of reforming the leadership of the PWCPD. That’s terribly overdue as well.
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