Back in July, the City Council approved the purchase of two motorist assist vehicles that had been long overdue for replacement. One of them was due to be replaced because of mileage, age and condition. The other one was destroyed after catching fire while working out on the highway last summer.
The first unit, a Ford F-250, was recently put into service and is certainly an upgrade compared to what was used prior. The biggest difference you'll see right away is the large arrow board mounted to the back. This greatly improves the visual presence of the unit, and provides an increased safety barrier for everyone involved on the side of the road.
The Overland Park Police Department's Motorist Assist Unit consists of four part-time and one volunteer Motorist Assist Officers. Motorist Assist Officers are usually available Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Volunteer Motorist Assist Officers work varying hours.
In addition to providing a valuable service to our citizens and visitors to Overland Park, the use of volunteers and part-time non-police officers for this program greatly reduces the cost of this service. Prior to the motorist assist program, police officers responded to these calls, so the use of volunteers and others free up a police officer to answer other calls for service.
Motorist Assist Officers can help change a tire, provide you with enough gas to get you to a nearby gas station and assist you in calling for a tow truck. Also, the motorist assist vehicles have room to allow the stranded motorist(s) a place to get out of the elements whether it is the heat of the summer, cold of the winter or a driving rain. This is a little more comfortable than sitting in the back of a patrol car for the same reason. If you experience a breakdown in Overland Park, call 895-6300, the non-emergency number for the Overland Park Police Department.
|Old Style Motorist Assist Unit|