Friday, April 11, 2014

Drug Take-Back on Saturday April 26th

The Overland Park Police Department will be partnering with the DEA again for another Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday, April 26th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  You may take prescription items or other medication to drop off at any of the following locations:

The locations in Overland Park include:

Myron E. Scafe Building, 8500 Antioch

• Price Chopper, 7000 W. 75th Street

• Price Chopper, 7418 W. 119th Street

• Price Chopper, 11700 W. 135th Street

• Price Chopper, 7201 W. 151st Street

• Hen House, 6900 W. 135th Street

Proper disposal of medications can help prevent drug abuse.  It also keeps you from flushing those old meds and sending them to the great beyond like Goldie the dead gold fish, which, after doing a little checking, it turns out, is also bad for the water supply and can spread disease.

So make plans to clean out your medicine cabinets and drop off any unused prescriptions to one of the Take Back locations.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Results of Friday's DUI Saturation Patrol

The Overland Park Police Department conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday, April 4th.  The DUI Saturation Patrol was conducted with the intent to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving.  The DUI Saturation Patrol was enforced between the hours of 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM.          

Please review the statistical results:

1     -    DUI arrests
2     -    Drivers tested for DUI
2     -    Speeding violations 
1     -    Red Light violation
2     -    Driver’s license violations
4     -    No Insurance violations
3    -     Other Traffic violations  
3      -   Seat belt violations

14   -    Total vehicles stopped

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Truck Inspections

The pictures below show how we did Commercial Vehicle Inspections back in the early 70's and what it looks like now.

A lot of things have obviously changed since then, but the existence of laws and ordinances to ensure the safe operation of commercial vehicles are just as much of a priority today as it was back then.

Commercial motor vehicles are closely monitored for a variety of reasons.  They are required to, for example, follow weight limit restrictions, operating restrictions, and maintain properly functioning equipment.  These guidelines might sound restrictive, but they are important.

Traffic Safety officers specially trained in Commercial Vehicle Inspections are always on the lookout for overweight trucks or other violations. Before being certified by the State of Kansas to conduct Commercial Vehicle Inspections, Officers must attend an eighty-hour training class. Because overweight trucks take longer to stop, they are more likely to become involved in a motor vehicle accident - often times a rear-end collision.

Overweight trucks also take their toll on city streets and highways. Ever had to swerve to avoid a pothole? There's a good chance the pothole was caused by overweight trucks.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tax Time Is Here And So Are The Scams

The month of April has arrived and if you're like most of us, this signals the coming deadline to file our taxes. A large portion of the population refuses to procrastinate and does them as soon as they acquire all the tax documentation, while a good portion of people wait until the 11th hour to file theirs.

Either way is perfectly acceptable to us, but since the beginning of the filing season, we've received two different types of reports based upon tax filing. The first is the telephone call from an unknown person, who will usually have some form of a heavy accent, telling you that your past returns have been filed falsely and that you owe back taxes. The caller then demands you pay several thousand dollars at once or you would be arrested. Of course we know with this scam the money isn't going to go to Uncle Sam, but to our crooked caller and their buddies.

The next report we're seeing involves victims who have filed their tax returns and then get a message informing them that their taxes could not be filed electronically because they've already been filed under their social security number. In quite a few cases, your refund will have already been mailed out to the imposter.

On February 27th, we were contacted by a resident who said he received a check in the mail from a bank for the refund on his taxes for 2013. The only problem was that he hadn't filed his taxes yet and someone else was nice enough to file them for him as a "Joint" return.

We obviously believe the suspect made a mistake by having the tax return check sent to the victim's actual address.

Here's a link to the IRS website which explains in detail the various tax schemes that are prevalent this season:

Friday, March 28, 2014

Be Prepared: Severe Weather

Although Severe Weather Awareness Week ended on March 7th, yesterday's tornadic storms that struck the Northwest Missouri area should be a reminder to us all to begin planning and preparing for possible severe weather conditions. Luckily, no one was injured yesterday, but there was some significant property damage in Trenton, Missouri.

In Kansas, mid to late April through mid June historically has the highest tornado frequency. Thankfully, Overland Park and Johnson County have been very lucky to have avoided a direct hit from a devastating tornado in recent history. However, we want to make sure you’re as educated and prepared as possible in the unfortunate case that day ever comes.

If you’ve been outside in a residential area when one of Overland Park’s 37 tornado sirens has sounded and severe weather was imminent, there was a good chance you observed a patrol car driving through the neighborhood advising residents to take cover.

The Take Cover Plan is a proactive measure to warn citizens to take cover from an impending or confirmed tornado. When this plan is implemented during severe weather, all field units equipped with emergency equipment will activate their emergency lights/siren and drive slowly through the immediate area utilizing their PA system to advise residents they should immediately seek safe shelter (Take Cover).

Residents taking shelter during a Tornado Warning should seek further instructions from TV or radio broadcasts to ensure the threat has passed and it’s safe to leave their shelter.

Please familiarize yourself with the terms below to help keep you and your family safe:

 Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Issued when severe thunderstorms are possible across the watch area. A severe thunderstorm features hail larger than 1” in diameter, wind speeds greater than 57mph, and can produce tornadoes.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Issued when a thunderstorm is expected to produce hail greater than or equal to 1” in diameter, or wind gusts greater than 57mph, usually based on radar data.

Tornado Watch: Issued when severe thunderstorms that have the capability to produce tornadoes are expected. Typically, wind shear is more favorable for rotating storms when a tornado watch is issued than for a severe thunderstorm watch.

Tornado Warning: Issued when a thunderstorm is expected to produce a tornado based on radar detected rotation or if trained storm spotters report a tornado. A warning may also be issued if storm spotters call in a report of low level rotation. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Results of Yesterday’s Driver Awareness Campaign

Listed below are statistics related to the Driver Awareness Campaign conducted by the Overland Park Police Department on Wednesday, March 26th. The event was conducted during a (6) hour period at various locations in our city. Most of the locations worked were High Accident Locations and Traffic Complaint Areas.

Speeding – 39

Adult Seatbelt – 14

Insurance Violation – 9

Red Light Violation – 1

Turn Violations – 2

Improper Turn – 1

Other Violations - 1

Driver’s License – 3

Tag Violations – 4

Total Citations – 73

Drug Arrest – 1

Warrant Arrests - 1

Total Arrests - 2

The primary goals of the monthly enforcement initiatives are to reduce motor vehicle collisions through selective enforcement, education and deterrence.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Options for Making a Police Report

No one wants to be the victim of a crime, but what do you do if you are? First of all, if you find yourself in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately. If you are in a non-emergency situation, you can contact Police Dispatchers at 913-895-6300. They would then dispatch an Officer to your location to complete your report. 

In certain situations that may not require an emergency response or immediate attention, you have the option of making a report at our Sanders Station,12400 Foster Street. Please sure to bring all items of evidentiary value (paperwork/documentation) so we can complete the report without having you make unnecessary trips back home. 

Speaking with an officer in person is not your only option. Our Online Police Reporting allows you to complete a report and retrieve a case number, which in many cases is all that you're needing at the time.

We allow submission of non-emergency reports that you may file immediately, with no wait. Then you can print a copy of the report for free.

  • The following types of reports may be completed online:
  • Harassing, threatening or obscene phone calls
  • Theft of: motor fuel, services, items from a vehicle, or other miscellaneous thefts
  • Suspicious activity or people
  • Vandalism
  • Lost license plates-not stolen
  • Lost property such as cell phones, wallets, purses, etc.
  • Possible drug activity in a neighborhood (that is not occurring at the moment)
  • Unlawful use of a credit or debit card

All reports filed with our Online Reporting System are reviewed by personnel. After review, a police officer or detective may contact you for further investigation, if needed. Reports with limited information or no leads do not get assigned to an investigator, so details are imperative. This reporting method can be found on our city website at the following link:

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