Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Plan For Action

When we began this blog some weeks ago, we were determined to use it for a variety of things. We wanted to inform the public of what was happening in Overland Park from a crime standpoint or in regards to traffic. We also wanted to inform the public of significant accomplishments of the officers and employees of this Department. Finally, we wanted to keep the public informed of the direction this Department is headed on major issues within the City. Much of what we have done so far has related to the first two topics. Now it is time to deal with the third.

At the May Public Safety Committee meeting we unveiled our year long study entitled “The Nature of Change in Overland Park and its Effects on Crime Trends”. You can look at this presentation online by using this hyperlink. Two months later we are following that presentation up at the July Public Safety Committee meeting with the follow-up report – “The Nature of Change in Overland Park and its Effects on Crime Trends – A Plan for Action”. That report will be available on line Thursday morning, July 15.

In our plan we highlight six major initiatives, each assigned to one area of the Department. Commanders responsible for that assignment have prepared plans and will present those plans at the Public Safety Committee meeting. It is also my intent to highlight each of those six initiatives in this blog over the next several weeks. It is intended to allow the public to see firsthand non-tactical information of just exactly how we hope to approach these problems. I would encourage any one of you who are interested to come to the Public Safety Committee meeting tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 14, 2010, located at the W. Jack Sanders Justice Center, 12400 Foster, beginning at 7:00 p.m., and see the presentation in its entirety. (Link to Agenda)

As many of you know, Overland Park was named in the top ten best cities to live by Money Magazine yesterday. Let me assure you, the Department is and will continue to do everything we can to keep it that way.