Monday, May 9, 2011

Overland Park Police Launch New Mounted Search & Rescue Unit

The Overland Park Police Department is proud to announce that the Overland Park Mounted Search and Rescue (OPMSAR) Unit has completed their spring equitation testing and is now available for field operations.

The OPMSAR Unit was created to respond to emergency needs in parts of the City, such as parks and rural areas, where streets or trails are not available. As the "green space" in Overland Park was reviewed, it was clear that the search of these areas would be difficult on foot and impossible by vehicle. A mounted search and rescue team surfaced as a reasonable solution to the need for emergency services in those areas.

The OPMSAR Unit will be made available to outside jurisdictions to support any law enforcement search and rescue needs across the metro. The OPMSAR Unit volunteer members will primarily focus on search and rescue techniques for lost people. They are also undergoing training to be able to conduct evidence searches.

The OPMSAR will be conducting a lost person search scenario at the Kemper Farm located at 10001 W. 179th Street (just west of the Arboretum) on Wednesday, May 11th from 3pm-5pm. Members of the media are welcome to attend this training. For more information on the May 11th event, please contact PIO Matt Bregel at 913-327-6937.