Friday, December 19, 2014

PD Unveils New Motorist Assist Vehicles

If you ever become stranded with a disabled vehicle while traveling through Overland Park, an Overland Park Motorist Assist Officer may dispatched to help get you back on your way.

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

New Model


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cold Weather and Pets - What to Know

With the onset of colder weather that has arrived in the area, the Overland Park Animal Control Unit would like to remind citizens that it is crucial to take extra precautions for the safety of their pets. The colder weather makes it harder for these animals to get along outside without proper protection. With proper planning and a few simple steps, we can assure the safety of our furry friends.

1. If they are a longer-haired breed, leave their coat longer as it acts as an insulator to the cold. If they are a shorter-haired breed, consider putting a sweater or similar item on them for added warmth.

2. Provide your animal with adequate shelter that is well insulated, dry and draft free. The floor should be elevated and covered with straw and large enough for the pet to turn around in, but small enough to retain your pets body heat. The entrance should be blocked from any type of breeze.

3. Provide your pet with more food for the added calories that it requires to be outside in the cold weather. The older the animal the more difficult it is for them to adapt to the cold.

4. Ensure that there is access to fresh water. Consider using a heated water bowl or have the water in an area that is less prone to freezing. Check this often.

5. Make sure the area your pet is remains free from snow or ice and allows them room to move freely with unobstructed access to food and water.

6. Be mindful that cats are particularly susceptible to the cold and will find anywhere warmer to curl up in. If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, bang loudly on the hood of your vehicle before starting it to give the cat a chance to escape.

7. Understand that certain types of rock salt can be very irritating to the paws of your pets, and some ice melts will even create wet areas that are not ideal for your pet to ingest. Make sure to dry off their fur and paws when they come inside to prevent the transfer of these chemicals when they lick their fur/paws. 

8. Keep an eye on your pets for any changes in behavior or movements if they are outside in the cold for a long periods of time. Take them to a veterinarian if you suspect they are ill or not recovering from the cold when back indoors.

9. Dogs and cats can be kept outside as long as their basic needs are being met. This includes the items listed above, food, adequate shelter and unfrozen water.

10. The City of Overland Park requires all owned dogs and cats to be registered. This helps us reunite the owner and the pet should it ever get lost or injured.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dog Bite- Request for Information on Owner

UPDATE: We've located the owner of the dog and it is now confined for a ten day observation period. Thanks for everyone's help to spread the word.

The Overland Park Police Department/Animal Control Unit would like your assistance in locating a dog involved in a reported dog bite. The incident took place on one of the practice fields at Shawnee Mission North High School (7401 Johnson Drive). This occurred today (12/10/14) at approximately 6:45 this morning.

The male victim said he was walking to school when he was bitten in the thigh area by a loose, medium-sized dog (50lbs), with short brown hair and pointed ears.

The dog's owner wasn't made aware by the victim that her dog had bitten him. The owner is described as a white female in her 40's, wearing a scarf and a brown hat.

If anyone has information on the owner of this dog, please contact the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Operation Rudolph

REMINDER: Event is this Friday On Friday December 12th, 2014 at 1:00 P.M., an information meeting will be held at the Myron E. Scafe Police Building at 8500 Antioch to conduct a pre-event briefing.

The Police Department is honored to be a part of "Operation Rudolph" for the third consecutive year. With the help of our Community Partners, we have given hope and provided necessities to over sixty families during the past three Holiday seasons. It is our goal this year to continue to serve this mission by providing gift cards and food items to more than 20 deserving families.

Target Corporation has generously donated $1,500 toward our gift card goal of $4,350. In addition to gift cards, we also provide a food basket containing everything necessary for a complete Holiday meal. The Johnson County Chapter of the NAACP is our key partner in providing the food baskets.

Watch the story below and see how OPPD is making a difference.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Follow Up - Release of Suspect's Name in Last Night's Shooting

The suspect from last night's shooting is identified as 44 year-old Keith D. Angell (w/m 06/09/70). He was transported to an area hospital and is still listed in critical condition this morning.

Angell was being sought by the Fugitive Apprehension Task Force for multiple felonies at the local and state levels.

The Fugitive Apprehension Task Force is responsible for apprehending and removing the most egregious and violent offenders from our communities.

This case is still under active investigation by the Overland Park Police Department and more information will be released at a later time.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

OPPD Investigating Officer Involved Shooting at 105th and Metcalf


December 3, 2014

Members of the US Marshall's Fugitive Apprehension Team was conducting a Task Force Investigation on a subject in the area of 105th and Metcalf. While attempting to take the suspect into custody, shots were fired and the suspect was hit.

No officers were injured.

The suspect was taken to an area hospital and his current condition is unknown.

The investigation is on-going and no other information is available at this time.

Who Am I?

We pose this question to our readers simply because we would really like your help to figure out why the female picture below is using someone else's credit card to purchase gift cards at area retail stores.

The credit cards were taken during a recent residential burglary in the 6100 block of W. 67th Street.

The suspect is described as a white female, with brunette hair. On that date she was wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt with horizontal white stripes, blue jeans and dark colored sunglasses.

The suspect was with another white female and both of them left in what appears to be a white 2011-2014 Kia Optima.

Please take a look at the attached photos. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750. Please reference case number 2014-017973.