As a citizen of the Manassas area I am also concerned that the entire MCPD patrol shift is allowed to individually determine that they may leave their assigned patrol area, without any declared emergency, and without regard to protection of the rest of the community, for a situation where the dispatcher has clearly stated that there is no disturbance but is merely requesting a "Check stop" for a single Officer.
Officers are not required to stay in there assigned areas. When an officer is assigned a patrol area it identifies WHO is responsibleto answer the callsthere first. Officers are often sent into other areas all the time.
I have known EVERY OFFICER to respond to a call also. This is either because they are bored and had nothing else to do... or the call involved either several people or weapons.
In the Manassas event... It involved several people and the fact that guns were present. Keeping in mind that the group was peaceable and there was no problem....it was not wrong for so many officers to respond.