Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How Do We Rate With Other Cities?

The everyday lives of Overland Park citizens are greatly affected by information gathered from the annual Benchmark City Survey, yet many are unaware of its existence. So what is this mysterious and influential Benchmark Survey?

The Benchmark Survey is a measuring tool used to help ensure Police Departments are providing the best service possible within their respective communities. Almost 30 cities participate in this survey which covers a large variety of topics like specific crimes statistics, the demographics of the departments, crime clearance information, and traffic information.

The survey provides a wide range of information the public does not generally have the opportunity to view through media outlets. Each year the Chiefs of these Benchmark Cities gather to discuss the results of the survey and to exchange information on how we can make each of us better.

The cities we compare ourselves to are all the best of their class and include cities such as, Naperville, Illinois; Bellevue, Washington; Richardson, Texas; Boca Raton, Florida. All of these cities have many things in common. First we are all edge cities, meaning major suburbs within major metropolitan areas. Second, each city has substantial resources and are for the most part AAA bonded. Finally, each city is considered innovative and creative. You often see these cities on the “Best of” lists.

Some of the information regarding Overland Park you will see is that in 2010 Overland Park Police Officers responded to 63,064 calls for service, 3,894 of which were false alarms. Officers investigated 4,470 traffic accidents. Of the 4,470, accidents 789 were involving injures, and 7 were fatal.

Overland Park had the highest case clearance rate in several categories including Part 1 Crimes which include Aggravated Assault/Battery, Arson, Auto Theft, Burglary, Homicide, Rape, Robbery, and Felony Theft. For all the clearance statistics click the following link.


The Benchmark City Survey is just another example of how the Overland Park Police Department is dedicated to continuing a working partnership with, and providing a safe environment for, residents, business owners, and commuters.

Click the following link to view all five of the Benchmark City Survey categories.