Friday, April 29, 2011

Suspect Information Wanted In Graffiti Incident

Overland Park Police Detectives are looking for assistance in identifying the suspects of a recent graffiti incident. The graffiti, consisting of statements such as “Drop Out”, “Worship Satan”, “Bomb the School”, and “666” was spray painted on a wall adjacent to Shawnee Mission South High School, in the 5800 block of 107th Street. The graffiti, which was reported on April 29, 2011, at 7:20 A.M., is believed to have occurred sometime overnight.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE and 816-474-TIPS.

National Prescription Drug Takeback Day - Saturday, April 30, 2011

On Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Overland Park Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in the second annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This is an opportunity for you to safely empty your medicine cabinet of drugs you no longer need or have expired. This includes prescription drugs that contain controlled substances.

Did you know:
• Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.
• Pharmaceutical drugs, particularly controlled substances, taken without a prescription or doctor's supervision can be just as dangerous as taking illicit drugs.
• 1 in 10 high school seniors have used the prescription painkiller Vicodin for non-medical purposes.
• More Americans abuse prescription drugs than those who abuse cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined.

For this one-day only event, the Overland Park Police will offer two prescription drug collection sites:
- The Sanders Justice Center, 12400 Foster
- Myron E. Scafe station at 8500 Antioch.

Discarding your expired or unused prescription drugs is easy. Simply walk into either Overland Park Police facility and drop them in a box. No questions asked. Tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted.
Please share this information with your family and friends.

For more information or to find a collection site near you, go to and click on the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day icon.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

High Visibility Traffic Enforcement

The Overland Park Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit will conduct High Visibility Traffic Enforcement on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in the area of I-435 Highway and Metcalf. Last year, more accidents occurred at this intersection than anywhere else in the city.

For the first quarter of 2011, there have been 28 accidents. On a positive note, this number represents a 24% decrease over the same period last year. The officers will be conducting traffic enforcement from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Officers will enforce all traffic violations, but will be watchful for red light, following too close and seat belt violations.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Officers Respond on an Armed Robbery

On 4/26/2011 at approximately 2:10 a.m., Officers responded to the 9600 block of Nall on an armed robbery that had just occurred. It was reported that two black males entered the store armed with handguns and demanded the money from the register. The clerk complied with the suspects’ demands, and they left on foot with an undetermined about of cash.

The suspects’ were described as being between 5’9 and 5’11 in height, both had a slender build and were wearing hooded sweat shirts. Both suspects’ had their hoods up over their heads and pulled tight around their faces.

One of the suspect’s sweatshirts was all black; the other was white with a black diagonal diamond pattern on it. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Accident & Crime Reduction Initiative Results

On Friday, April 22, 2011, the Overland Park Police Department conducted its monthly Accident & Crime Reduction Initiative. More than two dozen officers conducted traffic enforcement at the city's Top Ten High Accident Locations, as well as twenty two Traffic Complaint Areas.

Here are the results:

374 - Vehicle Stops
500 - Total Citations

113 - Red Light
114 - Seat Belt (adult)
16 - Seat Belt (under 18 years of age)
65 - No Insurance
36 - Tag Violations
10 - Suspended Driver's License
29 - Driver's License Violations
35 - Improper Turns
20 - Speeding
19 - Illegal Turns
10 - Lane Change
1 - Follow Too Closely
32 - Misc. Violations

2 - Warrant Arrests
2 - Drug Arrest
2 - Other Arrests

Friday, April 22, 2011

DUI Check Lane

On Friday, May 6, 2011, from 11:00 pm to 2:00 am, the Overland Park Police Department will conduct its first DUI Check Lane of 2011. All drivers entering the check lane will be briefly interviewed. Drivers who appear to be impaired will be asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Under Kansas law, a driver whose Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is .08 or higher is considered to be Driving Under the Influence.

The Overland Park Police Department places a high priority on apprehending impaired drivers. Last year, Overland Park officers arrested 950 drivers for Driving Under the Influence. Additional check lanes are scheduled throughout the next several months. Please don't drink and drive. If you plan on drinking, make sure you have a sober designated driver.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Accident & Crime Reduction Initiative - April

The department's monthly Accident & Crime Reduction Initiative is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 22, 2011, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. More than two dozen officers will be deployed at several of the city's High Accident Locations and Traffic Complaint Areas.

Officers will be watching for violations which contribute to accidents. The violations include running red lights, following too close, improper turns, unsafe lane changes and aggressive driving. To assist in identifying violators, officers will make use of the city's traffic cameras. The city's traffic camera system is capable of monitoring traffic flow at more than 100 locations.

Included in this month's initiative are the city's Top Ten High Accident Locations:

2 95 ST / US69 HWY
6 I435 HWY / US69 HWY
9 75 ST / I35 HWY
10 I435 HWY / NALL AVE

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Citizen Reports an Auto Burglary in Progress

On April 20, 2011 at approximately 2:25 a.m., Officers responded to the 11900 block of Oakmont on an auto burglary in progress. The calling party reported that they heard a loud clanging sound coming from outside their residence.

They reported seeing a white male wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt beside a vehicle in the parking lot. They advised that just prior to Officers arriving, a car drove by and the man threw down an object and walked away.

At the scene, Officers found a vehicle with a broken window. It appeared the suspect injured himself because blood was located and collected as evidence. The vehicle’s owner was located, and they advised nothing was missing from the vehicle.

This is a good example of citizens working with the Police Department and calling when they see something suspicious. This caller, by quickly alerting police, may have prevented the suspect from stealing items from this car.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS

Monday, April 18, 2011

Valuables Left in Vehicles Invite Crime

On April 17th at approximately 2355 hours Officers responded to the 8600 block of 135th Street on an auto burglary. The victim returned to his parked vehicle and found his window broken and his wife’s purse was gone.

The victim told police that prior to leaving his vehicle he placed his wife`s purse on the rear passenger side floorboard. He recalled a subject in the area that he believed watched him move the purse from the front to the rear of the vehicle.

The Police Department would like to remind everyone that leaving valuables inside vehicles is inviting crime. If you have valuables in your car, please conceal them prior to parking and leaving your car. If you are able, conceal valuables prior to your destination. When people observe you moving items to conceal them, it is almost the same as leaving them in plain sight.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Repairs after the Hail Storm

Following the recent hail storm that passed through our area, Community Policing Officer Mike Betten has been receiving calls from citizens regarding contractors they feel are suspicious.

A reputable roofing company suggests not taking hasty actions. They advise that although your roof may be damaged, it might not be leaking. Recommendations are to inspect attics for apparent leaks and inspect the roof from the ground for any visible damage such as missing shingles, holes, or divots. It is also recommended you monitor the interior for water damage.

Given the high volumes of calls insurance and roofing companies are receiving, they may not be able to return calls immediately. Many are only accepting calls from previous customers. Patience will be needed to allow roofing companies and insurance adjusters the time needed to provide an accurate assessment of your home. Any damage that does not pose an immediate concern will likely take months, or even up to a year to address unless as noted above, you are a previous customer of a contractor or roofing company.

Contractors soliciting business door to door in residential neighborhoods are governed under the provisions of Overland Park Municipal Code Chapter 5.64. The ordinance can be found on the internet at

No solicitor notices or signs must be posted at the front entrance of your home for the ordinance to be enforced. No soliciting stickers may be purchased at City Hall located at 8500 Santa Fe. Persons ignoring such signs or acting suspicious may be reported to the police department at 913/895-6300, or if the need for police presence is immediate, by calling 9-1-1.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Resident Interrupts a Theft from his Garage

On 4/10/11 at approximately 10:15 p.m. Police were dispatched to the 8000 block of West 146th Terrace on an aggravated burglary that had just occurred.

The resident reported that he had been working in his garage with the garage door open. He advised that while he was working in the garage he noticed that a white Jeep Cherokee drove through his cul-de-sac twice in about a 45 minute time period.

The resident reported that he went into the house for a few minutes and when he came back out, he observed a young white male running from his garage. The suspect was described as having dark hair and wearing a blue soccer jersey with the number 22 on the back.

The resident reported that the suspect ran to the street where he was picked up by the white Jeep Cherokee. It is not believed that the suspect got away with anything.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.

Monday, April 11, 2011

10 Arrests Made for Alcohol Violations

On 4/8/11 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Officers working the Teen Angel Grant Program responded to the 6900 block of West 67th Street to investigate a large juvenile party. The caller wished to remain anonymous, but advised there were numerous cars parked at the address and they believe a large juvenile party was taking place.

Officers in plain clothes contacted the individuals at the location and investigated the situation. After an investigation, 10 alcohol-related arrests were made. All those arrested were under the age of 20.

This is an excellent example of the success the Teen Angel Program is having in its effort to curb underage drinking.

The property owner was not at home and had no knowledge of the party.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Overland Park Resident Helps Police Make DUI Arrest

On 4/6/11 at approximately 8:00 p.m. an Overland Park resident reported what she believed to be an intoxicated driver. The caller was able to provide the license plate information along with a description of the vehicle.

Overland Park dispatchers quickly obtained the registration information and broadcast it to the Officers in the field. Officers responded to an address in the 8700 block of Santa Fe which was associated to the registered owner of the vehicle. The vehicle and driver were located at the address.

Officers contacted the driver and conducted an investigation. After the investigation at the scene was completed, the driver was taken into custody for DUI.

This is a great example of teamwork between the Police Department and the citizens we serve. Keeping our community safe is a joint effort.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Unsecured Garage Doors are an Open Invitation for Crime

With the weather becoming warmer, we are all tempted to leave our garage doors open while we work around our homes. Unfortunately, this is an invitation to become the victim of a crime. We create an opportunity for criminals by leaving our homes unsecured.

Everyone is encouraged to make sure your home is secure, even when you are there. Do not leave valuables or your keys in your vehicles, even if they are in your garage. Throughout the year we see a number of reports where garage doors left open overnight provided the opportunity for a crime to occur.

If you are not already in the habit of checking your doors prior to going to bed, please work this into your nightly routine. Simply ensuring your home is secure will significantly reduce the chances of you becoming the victim of a crime.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The School Resource Officer

Some of the duties and responsibilities of a School Resource Officer (SRO) include assisting school administration in keeping a safe school, listening to problems of students and staff, and fashioning effective solutions to problems.

Recently, a high school student confided to the SRO that a serious threat and domestic violence occurred at a residence the night before. Police were not called during or after this incident, but after further thinking about it, the student decided to approach the SRO the next day at school with the details.

The officer began an investigation that led to an arrest of a family member with the help of the department’s Patrol and Investigations divisions. The SRO was certainly a resource for this student, which has hopefully contributed to a better family situation for all involved.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Law Enforcement “On Track” to Prevent Child Abuse

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Today, April 1, 2011 at 10:00 am, Law Enforcement from many agencies will show support for the Law Enforcement “On Track” to Prevent Child Abuse campaign hosted by the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department and the Kansas Speedway.

Fully-marked patrol units will be lined up in the pit area at the Kansas Speedway. Blue ribbons will be handed to each officer by children and their parents after a short program asking officers to “help protect children from abuse”.

Sheriff Don Ash will wave the checkered flag and all units will activate their emergency equipment. After a brief moment, he will wave the flag again and officers will turn off their sirens, but keep all lights on. This will symbolize all officers working together to prevent abuse.

The pace car will start the processional of patrol cars leaving the pit area and going around the track in groups of two. Pictures will be taken from the ground and a helicopter will be filming from above.

Our children are our most precious commodity. If you believe abuse of a child is taking place, you are urged to report it to local law enforcement.