Congratulations to Chief Rick Armstrong who was named Chief of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department on July 1st. Rick succeeds Chief Sam Breshears who recently retired.
The City of Overland Park shares a common boundary with Kansas City, Kansas in the areas of 47th Street, Antioch, I-635 and Merriam Lane. Overland Park and Kansas City, Kansas police officers often work together to investigate accidents and criminal activity. We have a strong professional relationship with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department which benefits the citizens throughout our Metropolitan area.
But it was not always this way. Early on in my career the common boundary between Kansas City, Kansas and Overland Park Police Departments might as well have been a million miles wide as little cooperation or communication existed. It’s thanks to people on both sides of Countyline Road in command staff positions that divisiveness has disappeared over the last 20 years. Men like Chief Stafford, Chief Miller, and most recently Chief Breshears of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department have been steadfast partners in working with Overland Park and our command staff. They have all run a top-notch operation. And now it is Rick Armstrong’s turn. I have known Rick for many years and find him to be a strong and capable leader. I look forward to the ongoing positive relationship we have enjoyed with them for the last 20 some years.
Again, congratulations Rick!