The Manassas City Police Department has adopted policies consistent with Prince William County’s Rule of Law Resolution as a means of harmonizing law enforcement policies between the two jurisdictions. This makes a lot of sense, since Prince William County and the City of Manassas share a significant number of services, and trying to apply different policies to intakes at the Adult Detention Center, for example, would increase overhead and be subject to mistakes. Kudos to the City of Manassas for taking another step towards effectively discouraging all illegal aliens unlawfully present in the community to return home, or at least move to a jurisdiction that is more interested in playing host to illegal aliens.
MANASSAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
October 28, 2008
From the Office of the Chief of Police
“Police Department Initiates Illegal Immigration Enforcement Policy”
Manassas, Virginia…Beginning on Monday, December 1, 2008, the City of Manassas Police Department will implement a new policy regarding illegal immigration enforcement. The policy is part of a series of illegal immigration enforcement initiatives implemented by the Manassas City Council over the past two years. These initiatives include participation in the Prince William/Manassas Adult Detention Center (287(g) Program, the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force, the Police Department’s 287(g) Agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the new immigration enforcement policy applicable to all sworn police officers.
During October and November, all police officers and relevant civilian personnel will receive training on the new policy and procedures. The policy guidelines are consistent with the recently revised Prince William County Police Department’s policy. Major points of the policy include:
- Police officers will inquire into the immigration status of all persons who are under physical custodial arrest for a violation of state or local law.
- Police officers retain discretion to inquire into immigration status prior to a physical custodial arrest.
- If any immigration violation is believed to exist, police officers will inform the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concerning that individual.
- Police officers will protect crime victims and cooperative witnesses – regardless of their immigration status.
- Racial profiling is expressly prohibited. Police officers will not detain or arrest individuals based on their national origin, race, religion or creed.
More information regarding the Police Department’s immigration enforcement efforts can be found on the web site at www.manassascity.org
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