Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Don't Leave Your Pet Inside a Hot Car

The hot, humid days of summer have arrived and are always a dangerous time for pets, especially those left inside hot cars.
Every year across the country, countless animals die after being locked in cars while their owners work, visit, shop, or run other errands. Overland Park Animal Control officers routinely respond to about 20 calls a week on reports of pets left inside unattended vehicles.

When it’s just 85 degrees outside, the seating area of a car (even with the windows rolled down) can heat up to over 100 degrees in 15 minutes. Within 30 minutes, the temperature can reach 120 degrees. Because of this danger it’s a good idea to keep your pet at home on hot days if there’s a chance the pets could be left alone in the vehicle.

Great Plains SPCA 
Overland Park Animal Control officers can forcibly rescue a pet if it is determined there is danger to the animal. Each officer carries a gauge to determine the interior temperature of a vehicle.

While we understand that pet owners are not intentionally trying to harm their pets, they can be subject to prosecution for animal cruelty.

Next time you think it will take only a minute, consider your pet’s safety and well-being. Its life is dependent on your careful consideration.

If you see a pet inside a car on a hot day, call 913/895-6300 and police dispatchers will notify an animal control officer.

For more information and hot weather tips for your pets, visit the Great Plains SPCA for more information: http://www.greatplainsspca.org/be-summer-savvy-hot-weather-tips-for-your-pets/

Monday, June 8, 2015

Explorers Participate in the 2015 Police Explorer Challenge

On Saturday, June 6th, the Overland Park Police Department participated in the Explorer Challenge. The training was hosted by the OPPD and held at the University of St. Mary (11413 Pflumm Road, OP) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Explorers who participated in this year’s event were from  the Overland Park, Olathe, Spring Hill, and the Grain Valley Police Departments.

Explorer advisors critiqued the explorers as they investigated various scenario-based training exercises.

The scenarios this year were:

• Physical Agility Course

• Traffic Stops

• Shooting Range

• Building Searches

• Domestic Disturbance

• Subject Refusing to Leave Disturbance

• Bomb Threat

• Pedestrian Check/Suspicious Subject

• Missing Person

At the end of the day the explorers with the best scores from each department received awards for their outstanding performances.

The challenge gave the explorers the opportunity to participate in real-life scenarios and to gain firsthand experience on the daily activities of law enforcement.

The following are the qualifications to become an Explorer:

1. Must be an 8th grade graduate between 14-20 years of age

2. Have and maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher

3. Have no misdemeanor convictions (including alcohol) in the last year

4. Have no felony convictions

5. Have a current and valid driver's license

6. Cannot be on diversion or probation.

Those who are interested in becoming an Explorer will be required to complete an application and pay a minimal fee. Overland Park residency is not required to participate. In addition, the Explorer program meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If you have questions or know someone who is interested in becoming an Explorer, please call 913-895-6288 for more information.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Results of the 2015 Click It or Ticket Campaign

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department conducted a Memorial Day – Click it or Ticket - S.T.E.P. Campaign from May 18, through May 31. The campaign was conducted with the principle focus on adult, teen, and child seat restraint violations. Officers also looked for speeding violations, texting while driving violations, bicyclist violations, pedestrian violations, and DUI violations to help reduce alcohol related auto accidents.       
Please review the statistical results: 
  • 337.25 - Hours worked by officers assigned to the grant
  •  817 - Vehicles stopped 
  •  12 - Speeding violations
  • 774 - Seat belts (18 years or older)
  • 12 - Safety Belts (14-17 years of age) 
  • 3 - Safety Belts (8-13 years of age)
  • 5 - Booster Seats (4-7 years of age)
  • 2 - Child Seats (0-3 years old)
  • 4 - Texting While Driving
  • 155 - Hazardous Moving Violations
  • 86 - Other Violations
  • 6 - Warrant Arrests
  • 4 - Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Arrests
  • 3 - Other Arrests
Sgt. Scott Ferguson
Overland Park Police Department
Traffic Safety Unit   


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Help Us Identify Thief Using Stolen Credit Card

On May 29th, at approximately 2:00 in the afternoon, an Overland Park resident had her passenger side window smashed and her purse stolen. Inside her purse was a debit card which used soon after at a local gas station. Any help in identifying the pictured male and his vehicle would be greatly appreciated.

Suspect: A white male in his 20s or 30s with brown hair and a brown beard (longer near the chin), wearing a long-sleeved red shirt, blue jeans, black hat and black and white tennis shoes. 

Vehicle: A silver Lincoln Town Car, 2002 to 2012 model year, with no license plate on the front, however, the black bracket for the front license plate has been installed.

If you have any information, please contact Det. Wimsatt at 913-344-8742 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign Begins Today

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department will be conducting a Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” S.T.E.P. Campaign from May 18th through the end of the month.

This task is being conducted with the principle focus on Child Seat Restraints and Seat belt enforcement. Officers will aggressively enforce Kansas occupant restraints and other traffic laws as part of the 2015 Kansas Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement Campaign. This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Drivers on the roadways of Overland Park can expect strict enforcement of Safety Belt Use and Child Passenger Safety violations.

Children under the age of four must be secured in an approved child safety seat; children ages four through seven who are under 80 pounds and under 4’9” tall must be securely belted into an approved booster seat; and children ages eight through 13 must be secured in a safety belt.

Officers working this campaign will also be strictly enforcing speeding and DUI violations. During last year’s campaign, officers stopped a total of 960 vehicles and issued 1278 citations. 926 of that total accounted for some type of seat belt or child seat restraint citation.

Buckling up your seat belt has been proven to be the single most effective way to reduce the risk of injury or death in motor vehicle crashes. Most people who die in collisions are not wearing a safety belt.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Be Wary of Door-to-Door Solicitors

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to remind our  residents to be very cautious regarding their dealings with door-to-door solicitors, especially those selling magazine subscriptions.

The warm months ahead will continue to make Overland Park an opportunistic location for solicitors to sell their wares or perhaps peddle their scams.

While there are many reputable companies doing business door-to-door in our city, there are still some unscrupulous ones who try to trick or coerce residents into buying things they don’t need or want. A lot of times residents will reluctantly pay for items that they never receive or the items they get are of poor quality.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) receives numerous complaints each year regarding door-to-door solicitors, so many that in fact that they have put them into their list of top ten scams. The most common complaint the BBB receives involves consumers paying for magazines they never receive. Several consumers allege the sales representative also misled them by claiming to work for a local school or charity fundraiser.

If visited by a door-to-door sales representative, the BBB recommends consumers do the following:

Be safe. Ask for identification before you open the door. Never invite the solicitor into your home.

Be wary of high pressure sales tactics. A trustworthy company should let you take time to think about the purchase and compare prices before buying or putting down a deposit.

Research the company with BBB. Visit www.bbb.orgto view the company’s BBB Business Review to find out more about their marketplace performance. If you have a smart phone, you can download and use the BBB app to access the company’s report while the person is standing at your door, or visit m.bbb.org on your mobile device.

Get transaction details in writing. Be sure you receive a contract or receipt explaining the details of your purchase and all the terms and conditions that apply.
Remember the “Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule.” The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives consumers three days to cancel purchases of more than $25 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business. Along with a receipt, the salesperson should always provide a cancellation form that can be sent to the company to cancel the purchase within three days. By law, the company must give consumers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice.

Listen carefully and be aware of high pressure sales tactics. Some unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will put pressure on you to close the deal at that moment. Listen to their tone. Are they increasing in volume as they speak to you? Are they ignoring you despite saying you are not interested? Find a way to end the conversation quickly to avoid long, drawn-out sales pitches.

Stand strong. Do not invite unsolicited salespeople into your home. If you do allow a salesperson inside and decide during the presentation that you are not interested in making a purchase, simply ask him or her to leave. If the salesperson refuses to leave, threaten to call the police, and follow through if they don’t leave immediately.

Victims of fraudulent door-to-door sales can file a complaint with their Better Business Bureau at 
www.bbb.org , local law enforcement, or state Attorney General’s office.

Contractors soliciting business door to door in residential neighborhoods are governed under the provisions of Overland Park Municipal Code Chapter 5.64. The ordinance can be found on the internet at 

Here are a few of the specific regulations for Overland Park:

- If you post a “No Solicitors” or “No Trespassers” sign, they can’t attempt to contact you for the purpose of soliciting.

- They can’t attempt contact prior to 10:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. local time, on any day.

- If you ask them to leave the premises, they must do so immediately.

- They can’t make more than one solicitation call to the same premises for any similar goods or contributions within any consecutive fourteen (14) day period.

- If requested, they must provide you with a written receipt for any purchase exceeding $5.00 cash.

- They must truthfully disclose the details of what they are selling or soliciting and they cannot misrepresent the purpose of their call.

No solicitor notices or signs must be posted at the front entrance of your home for the ordinance to be enforced. No soliciting stickers may be purchased at City Hall located at 8500 Santa Fe. Persons ignoring such signs or acting suspicious may be reported to the police department at (913) 895-6300, or if the need for police presence is immediate, by calling 9-1-1.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycles are small so it can be easy for one to slip into the blind spot of a vehicle.  It can also be difficult for some to judge a motorcycle’s speed or distance.  In regards to distance, motorcycles have nearly the same stopping distances as cars, but on slippery pavement it becomes difficult to stop quickly.  If you think it’s a bad idea to tailgate another vehicle, just think of how bad an idea it is to tailgate a motorcycle.

In 2014, the Overland Park Police Department investigated 52 crashes involving motorcycles, and of those, 37 were classified as injury accidents. There were also three traffic-related fatalities in 2014, with two of those deaths involving the driver of a motorcycle.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has some tips for motorists and motorcyclists.

For Motorists:

Look For Motorcyclists - Use your eyes and mirrors to see what's around and check the blind spots when you're changing lanes or turning at intersections. Look, and look again.

Focus on Driving - Hang up the phone, put down the MP3 player, settle the passengers, and drive.

Use Your Turn Signals - Signal your intentions for everyone's safety.

Give Two-Wheelers Some Room - Don't tailgate or pass too closely.

Take Your Time - Nothing is as important as the safety of your loved ones, yourself, and the others with whom you share the road

For Motorcyclists:

Be visible – They remind motorcyclists that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles so make sure your headlight works, use reflective strips or decals on your clothing, be aware of blind spots, and flash your break light when slowing or stopping.  They also suggest using your horn if a motorist doesn’t see you.

Dress for safety – Wear a quality helmet and eye protection, wearing bright colored clothing and a light colored helmet. Protect your body with leather or other thick protective clothing. Choose long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.  The Motorcycle Safety Foundation specifically points out that the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear.

Apply effective mental strategies and know your bike and how to use it – Constantly scan and search the road for changing conditions and give yourself and others space and time to respond. Use lane positioning to be seen, signal in advance, don’t ride tired or impaired, get formal training, take refresher courses and practice. Lastly, know how to handle your bike in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds and uneven surfaces.

For more motorcycle safety information visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's website at http://www.msf-usa.org/