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Ask an Officer: Gun Carry, Crime Follow-Up

Have a question for a Prince William County police officer? Ask it here.

This is our first edition of "Ask an Officer." If you have questions for the Prince William County police department, we'll pass them along to Officer Jonathan Perok and First Sgt. Kim Chinn, public information officers with the department.

Questions can be asked anonymously. Submit your questions to us via e-mail at laurenj at patch.com, by posting a comment on this article, or by sending us a Tweet or a message on our Facebook page

This week's batch of questions was answered by Officer Jonathan Perok. 

1.) What type of follow-up, if any, is done with crime victims? My home was robbed in Oct 2011 and I emailed the officer several times regarding the robbery and I never received a response, nothing since. Any suggestions?

Perok: Please contact me via email and let me know who the officer is so I can look into it.

2.) Is Virginia an open carry state? Where, or when, can you not carry, either open or concealed? Do you have to register firearms in Virginia?

Perok: Yes, Virginia is an open carry state. The Virginia State Police notes in this link where you cannot carry a firearm, concealed or open: http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_ResidentConcealed.shtm#WhereUnlawfultoCarry. There is no registration in Virginia, however there is an application for a concealed weapon permit which is accepted at the Circuit Court at the county courthouse. 

Joe George April 19, 2012 at 03:12 PM
When I lived in an apartment complex off of Route 1, when patrols would drive by, it appeared as if they were "checking me out" as I was out and about. Now that I purchased my home (in a totally opposite end of town), it appears as if the patrols drive by with a smile/nod and a wave. Are my impression that officers are more "on guard" in some areas opposed to others in the county?
Linda Popovich April 19, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I have two traffic related questions: 1) What is the law regarding postal vehicles, specifically, if a postal vehicle is pulled partially off the side of the road, delivering mail, is it permitted to go around the vehicle? Sometimes, this occurs where there is a double yellow line, and also when the postal vehicle is progressing up that road very slowly, stopping to deliver mail. Can I go around it? 2) Where can I get information about accidents I have seen happen in my area? Several times, I have witnessed accidents and wanted to know what happened to the persons involved, but have never seen anything about it in the newspaper. A friend saw a woman who was a victim of a hit and run, and my friend provided aid and comfort to the victim. After the victim was transported away, my friend had no way to find out what happened to her. Any thoughts? Thanks.
Loree April 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I would have to agree. Everytime there is an accident with Police response in the county the poilce don't do not seem to be able to conduct traffic efficently! I have seen this on more than one occasion in various areas around the county. More often than not the problem seems to be worse when the accident is on Old Bridge Road during evening rush hour.
Rachel Leon April 24, 2012 at 09:16 AM
Don't forget to check out the latest edition of Ask an Officer, which is published every Friday: http://lakeridge.patch.com/articles/ask-an-officer-playing-in-the-street-strip-searches-sworn-officers
Joe George April 24, 2012 at 09:56 AM
@ Loree, we have a saying in the U.S. Army, instead of just complaining about an issue, come with a possible solution. I'm sure that PWCPD would be more than happy to accept suggestions in improving traffic control. If you truly care about your neighborhood or the flow of traffic, you'd take the time.

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