Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kindness Scores a Goal

Early Sunday morning, August 28th, 2011, off duty Police Captain Mike Imber was taking his daughter to her soccer game here is Overland Park. Capt. Imber was in his personal car approaching 135th and Switzer, when he observed a traffic accident blocking the intersection.

Damage to both cars was substantial, but luckily there were no injuries. Captain Imber noticed one of the drivers and her children, as well as a witness, standing in the intersection. Captain Imber stopped, identified himself as a police officer with his departmental identification, and moved the participants to the sidewalk to ensure their safety.

While waiting for the dispatched police units to arrive, Captain Imber noticed one of the young children was dressed in a soccer uniform. He asked her what time her game started and she replied, “Eight o’clock.”

By this time uniformed officers had arrived, so Capt. Imber offered to drop off the young girl at her soccer game, with the mother’s permission. Capt. Imber and the little girl arrived at her soccer field just minutes after the game started. Meanwhile, her mother was freed up to provide details of the accident to officers.

On Monday, August 29th, Captain Imber received a call from the mother thanking him for his help. She reported that her daughter’s team not only won their game, but her daughter also scored a goal.

Our employees do good things on and off duty.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Surveillance Photos: Attempted Kidnapping and Aggravated Robbery

Detectives have gathered some still photos from an attempted kidnapping and aggravated robbery case that occurred on August 24, 2011 around 9:55 p.m. A man was vacuuming his vehicle at a local car wash when the crime occurred.

He was approached by a man he described as a white male, 28-30 years old, approximately 5`8" with a medium build, wearing a tank top, and a ball cap. The suspect had very short hair on the side (possibly shaved), and two Band-Aids on the right side of his face.

The suspect displayed a handgun and ordered the victim to get into the truck. The victim refused but turned over the keys and his wallet. The suspect then got into the victim’s vehicle and left with it.

The suspect had gotten out of a white, older model, four-door vehicle, possibly a Ford Taurus. The vehicle was driven by a black male who was approximately 28-30 years old, had a thin build, boney face, and was wearing a hat. The vehicle also had another white male passenger.

The victim provided a possible partial tag on the white suspect vehicle as "QXN", unknown state. No injuries were reported and the victim’s vehicle was recovered.

Please take a look at the attached photos. If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.










Monday, August 29, 2011

Bar Room Bravado Can Get You Arrested

In the old West, six shooters and whiskey went together like stagecoaches and horses. But then, men were carried out of saloons in pine boxes on a regular basis, too.

Today, it’s hard to imagine a more dangerous combination than alcohol and firearms.

We recently had an incident in Overland Park where this was the case. Officers were called to a local establishment to investigate a man who was brandishing a handgun.

Officers contacted the man and found that he did have a concealed gun in his possession and no concealed carry permit. After an investigation, it is believed the man may have committed an aggravated assault.

The man with the gun was arrested and his weapon was taken as evidence. He was not charged with aggravated assault because the victim left the scene before officers arrived. Instead, he was charged with criminal use of a weapon. After processing, the man was released with a notice to appear in city court.

The criminal use of weapons ordinance can be viewed by entering (Criminal use of Weapon) in the search function at the following link.

Overland Park Ordinances

Friday, August 26, 2011

Do Cat Burglars’ Steal Dog Food?

As a Police Officer, you never know what your daily calls will bring. I think for most, that is an appealing part of the job. Every day is different, and sometimes you see some really strange things.

Recently, an officer was dispatched to an apartment complex to investigate a residential burglary. No electronics or jewelry was missing, as is commonly the case. The officer discovered the only items stolen were a dog collar and military dog tags.

Weird, right? But hang on, it gets better. Four days later, officers responded to a residential burglary in an apartment complex close to where the first incident took place. This time, a dog collar and 15 pounds of dog food were snatched. Neither apartment had any signs of forced entry.

If anyone has any information regarding these incidents please call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.

This goes to show you, as a police officer you never know what you’re going to encounter.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Get an Up-close and Personal Look at the OPPD

One of the most common questions I get from citizens is, “What’s it like to be a police officer?” My question to them is, “How would you like to find out?”

In our on-going effort to partner with our citizens and to provide them an opportunity to get to know us, I am pleased to announce our next Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA). The goal of the CPA is to provide citizens an experience where they may ask questions, receive information and participate in practical police exercises.

The CPA is an eight-week (28-hour) academy. Participants will learn about patrol operations, firearms training, crime analysis, narcotics, traffic enforcement and much more. These citizens will learn from “hands on” demonstrations what it’s really like to be a police officer.

For more information and/or to sign-up for the CPA please visit www.opkansas.org or call Officer Betsy Selman at 913-469-8500 Ext. 4653. If interested, complete the online application before the September 13, 2011 deadline.







Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Social Security Administration Recognizes Officer Ray Naylor

On February 22, 2011, Overland Park Police Officer Ray Naylor, currently assigned to the Traffic Safety Unit, conducted a traffic stop in the area of 103rd and Antioch on a pickup truck hauling a bobcat. During casual conversation with Officer Naylor, the driver mentioned he was in the process of filing for disability with the Social Security Administration. Officer Naylor, who is certified to conduct Commercial Vehicle Inspections, conducted an inspection of the trailer and found several violations. When the driver was asked to remove the bobcat from the trailer, Officer Naylor noted that he did so without difficulty. Throughout the traffic stop, Officer Naylor observed that the driver did not appear to have any difficulties walking or climbing.

A few days later, Officer Naylor called the Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General to report his observations. Based on Officer Naylors' information, the Social Security Administration opened an investigation. As a result of Officer Naylor's information and the Social Security Administration's investigation, the driver’s disability claim was denied. According to the Social Security Administration, the driver would have received over $90,000 in pay and medical benefits over the next five years.

On August 23, 2011, three representatives of the Social Security Administration's Cooperative Disability Investigations Team, thanked Officer Naylor for his efforts by presenting him with a plaque at roll call. Congratulations to Officer Naylor for a job well done.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Give that Dog a Bone!

Burglars must hate it when a good theft goes to the dogs. An Overland Park man has his pooch to thank for interrupting the theft of his motorcycle.

Around 4:00 a.m. on August 22nd, the homeowner was awakened by his dog barking. He went to check on his canine and discovered his motorcycle was missing.

About this time, he noticed a man walk out from between the two houses just north of his house. He knew the man did not live at either address, so he confronted him about his missing motorcycle.

The unidentified man denied taking it. When the resident went to get a flashlight, the man fled. He was last seen leaving the area in a white, mid-sized SUV with a black bike rack on top.

The victim then drove around his neighborhood in an attempt to locate the stranger, but he was unsuccessful. When he returned home, he located his motorcycle leaning up against a fence in a neighbor’s back yard.

The person of interest is a white male, approximately 35 years old, 5`06" tall with a stocky build and a mustache.

Anyone with information on the identity of this man is asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8750.




*Photo of similar motorcycle

Monday, August 22, 2011

Airsoft Guns

Because we are seeing an increased number of reports and phone calls concerning Airsoft guns, I believe this is a good topic for discussion. For those of you that may not know, an Airsoft gun is considered a toy gun that shoots a plastic or rubber projectile. Below you will find some photos.

Airsoft guns along with BB guns, pellet guns, paint ball guns, and any other item that launches a projectile, are illegal to discharge/shoot within the city limits (outside of very limited exceptions).

We have had several cases this year involving Airsoft guns and people being hit with projectiles. I don’t believe any of these events have involved serious injury, but the potential is there if hit in the right area. Another potential problem with these Airsoft guns, as you can see from the photos below, is that they can look like real guns.

Recently two juveniles were cited for discharging Airsoft guns within the city limits. In this case, the officers were dispatched to investigate an aggravated assault. On the scene, the approaching officers described the weapon as an assault rifle.

It was only after they could examine the gun more closely that they knew it was a toy. As you would expect, officers responding to calls like these will take precautions to ensure their safety. Incidents of serious injury and/or death have occurred in our country when a toy gun was pointed at a police officer. We do not want a tragedy like that to occur here.

We regularly receive calls from people considering the purchase of these items to give as gifts. If you are considering purchasing any of the described items please remember, they are legal to own, but illegal to shoot within the city limits.

The related city ordinances can be found by entering 11.60.050 and 11.60.070 in the search function at the following link.

Overland Park Ordinances





Friday, August 19, 2011

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a growing problem throughout the country. "Distraction" is a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity instead. Here are just a few examples of items in our vehicles that can distract our attention away from the road; cell phones, stereos/CD players, M3 players, satellite radio and GPS devices.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

• In 2009, 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways and an estimated 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving.
• Of those people killed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction.
• Of those injured, 24,000 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction.
• 16% of fatal accidents in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving.
• 20% of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving.
• Of the drivers involved in fatal crashes who were reportedly distracted, the 30 to 39 year-olds had the highest proportion of cell phone involvement.

Safety experts recommend the following tips to help prevent you from becoming a distracted driver:

1. Don't use your cell phone - even hands free ones
When talking on your cell phone, your risk of an accident quadruples.

2. Listen to - don't watch- GPS devices

3. Adjust volume controls and temperature settings before taking to the road

4. Buckle-up or cage your pet
You won't be as tempted to pet or feed them

5. While traveling, take regular breaks
One at least every two hours

6. Pull off of the roadway if you want to eat or drink



Thursday, August 18, 2011

Grabbing a Cold One Can Get You into Hot Water

I frequently urge Overland Park residents to keep their garage doors closed to prevent thefts. Today, I would like to discuss another side to this crime.

Recently two juveniles were arrested for entering a garage and stealing alcohol. At first you might think this is a simple misdemeanor, but it’s much more serious than that.

Entering someone’s residence, even the garage, with the intent to steal is a burglary, and a burglary is a felony. In this case, the resident was home at the time which increased the charge to an aggravated burglary, a more serious felony.

Suddenly, what may seem to some like a “kids will be kids” event escalates into a life-altering crime. An aggravated burglary conviction can negatively affect a child’s chances of being accepted into college and landing a good job. Youthful dreams and aspirations can quickly be diminished.

If you are a teen, I hope this information has made you aware of the consequences of this activity. If you are a parent, please make sure your children understand the gravity of this crime. Their future depends on it.




*Photo is not related to this case.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Witnesses of Accident Tackle Fleeing Driver

Sometimes citizens choose to get very involved in events they witness. That was just the case recently at 119th Street and 69 Hwy. Although we don’t encourage this much involvement due to safety concerns, the following two men went above and beyond to assist police.

Recently two citizens witnessed a one-car accident that occurred at 119th Street and 69 Hwy. Witnesses said the vehicle drove very fast southbound on the ramp from 69 Hwy to 119th street. The vehicle was unable to stop, and struck the raised island between the left turn and right turn lanes on 119th Street. The vehicle became stuck, high centered, on the island.

Once the driver realized he was stuck, he got out of the car and took off running. The two witnesses chose to chase the driver, and eventually caught and tackled him to the ground. One witness held the driver to the ground while the other called and waved down police.

As a precaution, the driver was taken to a local hospital. Officers conducted a DUI investigation and the results of that investigation are pending. No charges have been filed at this time.

These men made the decision to become physically involved in this situation. Their action was beneficial and neither sustained any injuries. If you find yourself in a similar situation please consider your personal safety before you take action.




*Not actual car from event, showing high centered on a median.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Help to Identify

Overland Park Detectives need your help to identify a person of interest in several thefts. The subject shown below is believed to have stolen cigarettes from an Overland Park business on two different occasions.

The first occurred on July 28, 2011 at about 4:30 a.m. and the second occurred on July 30, 2011 at about 1:00 p.m. The man accessed the cigarettes in the first theft by jumping the counter. In the second theft he quickly exited the store after receiving the cigarettes from a clerk.

This man used two different vehicles during these thefts. One was a white pickup truck, and the other was a teal colored minivan. The man is described as a black male with a goatee and glasses. The witnesses did not provide any height, weight, or age information.

The Investigations Division is currently communicating with other local cities to see if they have had any similar thefts.

Please contact Sgt. Marty Ingram, 913-344-8728, if you can identify this subject.





Friday, August 12, 2011

Detective Pierce receives 2011 Chase Bank Award

Recently the Kansas City Identity Theft & Economic Crimes Task Force (KCITEC) was recognized as a co-recipient of the 2011 Chase Bank IAFCI (International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators) Task Force of the Year Award.

The recognition came as a result of their investigation of a complex nationwide operation in which persons would compromise credit card numbers from various sources worldwide and would then use these credit card numbers to broker millions of dollars in airline tickets to numerous individuals nationwide.

This investigation, dubbed the “Shopstyle” investigation, originated from information Detective Pierce obtained during the arrest of two shoplifters at Oak Park Mall in 2005. This information initiated an investigation that was five years in length and resulted in the federal indictment of 38 people from across the United States.

Overland Park Police Financial Crimes Detective Byron Pierce was involved in the original arrests at Oak Park Mall and was a co-leader of the “Shopstyle” investigation. This is the second prestigious award Detective Pierce has received for his efforts in this case.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cooperation Solves Crimes

I routinely mention in my blogs the importance of the entire community working together to solve crime and maintain our city. This following story is a perfect example of working together.

Recently, an honest employee of a Kansas City, Missouri consignment store contacted the security office of an Overland Park department store. The employee inquired if there had been a recent theft of several high-dollar designer purses. She told the security officer that a woman was currently in the store attempting to sell purses that are commonly carried by that retailer. The security office informed the employee that they had been victimized twice in the last several days.

Kansas City Missouri Police responded to the consignment store and detained the women while Overland Park Detectives were notified. Detectives responded to the consignment store and contacted the department store security office by phone. Through a cooperative investigation, the woman was arrested and several purses valued at over $6000.00 were recovered.

This woman was extradited back to Kansas and has been charged with two counts of felony theft by the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office.

Without the effort of all those involved in this case, this woman most likely would not have been caught. It is important to all of us to stop retail crime; losses sustained by businesses are passed off to consumers in the form of higher prices. This was great work by all those involved. Let’s keep this great working relationship going.



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 3, 2011 – Rapid City, South Dakota

A Rapid City (S.D) Police officer was killed and two others were wounded exchanging gun fire with four men they approached at a city intersection late Tuesday afternoon.

This tragic event is one, of many, this year that has concerned me deeply. Last year in the first six months of the year 86 officers had lost their lives in the performance of their duties. This year, through June 30th, 98 officers have lost their lives. This is a 14 % increase over last year at this time. Although a 14% increase in officer fatalities over last year is surprising the manner in which officers are being killed is alarming.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund http://www.nleomf.org/ firearms-related fatalities against officers have reached a 20-year high, increasing 33% from 30 to 40 officers shot and killed in 2011 thus far. I am watchful of these disturbing trends and have taken positive action to ensure our firearms training program is more focused on “combat” rather than simple marksmanship.

On May 6, 2011, I attended a Public Safety Round Table in Washington, D.C. with Attorney General Eric Holder. The focus of the meeting was to discuss the national increase in officer fatalities by means of a firearm.

As a result of this meeting I directed my Staff to conduct a thorough review of our training program. This review is complete and my Staff acted by enhancing the firearms training program through reality based training (RBT). RBT is not a new concept; however, given the current national situation an emphasis on the fundamentals of RBT will provide yet another tool for the officers to hone their survival skills.

I am confident through effective firearms training, and enhancements to our overall training curriculum through the use of RBT, the men and women of the Overland Park Police Department will be well prepared for a violent encounter.



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.

http://www.opkansas.org/Doc/Benchmark-City-Survey-Section-D-Clearances.pdf

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.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Back to School Crime Prevention

The start of school within the next few weeks can be a busy time for students and parents. The excitement of a new school year can divert our attention from safeguarding our valuable possessions. Even though many schools in our area have Campus and School Resource Officers who try to reduce the occurrence of thefts, crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility. The National Crime Prevention Council indicates statistics show young people ages 12-17 are far more likely to be victims of property crimes than adults, with a large majority of these crimes occurring on school grounds.

School Resource Officers report that most thefts of cell phones, portable music players, digital cameras, cash, and popular athletic gear occur because students leave backpacks containing these items unattended. This is especially true during gym classes and lunch periods.

Leaving lockers unlocked to save valuable time between classes or to free up time for visiting with friends during passing creates a good opportunity for the disappearance of treasured electronics and clothing.

Security professionals and crime prevention officers urge students to practice the following suggestions to safeguard your possessions:

• Don’t bring valuables to school. Unless absolutely need during the school day, leave electronic items and large sums of cash at home.

• Don’t call undue attention to your belongings. Catchy ringtones on cell phones may be amusing but they also catch the attention of would-be thieves. Keep electronics secure or at least out of sight.

• Don’t leave valuables unattended and lock your locker at all times. If students drive to school, don’t leave items in plain sight within your car. If items must be left in your car, place them out of sight and locked in the trunk, prior to reaching your school or other destination.

• Report thefts to school officials and police. Keep a photo and description of your property that includes any identifying characteristics. Record model and serial numbers.

Avoid the inconvenience and cost of replacing personal items. Contact campus police officers or the Overland Park Police Department at 913/327-6945 for more crime prevention assistance.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

How Much Did That Drink Cost?

Driving under the influence is not only a potentially deadly decision; it could also kill your budget. On Friday, August 5, 2011, from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am, the Overland Park Police Department will conduct a DUI Saturation Patrol. A team of officers from the department's Traffic Safety Unit will take to the streets watching for intoxicated and impaired drivers.

On average a driver convicted for DUI in Overland Park Municipal Court could pay over $10,000 worth of fines, fees, and other accrued costs. Along with paying for fines and fees, drivers also could be subjected to higher automobile insurance rates.

Please don't drink and drive. If you choose to drink, turn your keys over to sober designated driver.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Help For Stranded Motorists

This summer's heat wave has taken a toll on our lawns, pets and outdoor summer activities. The extreme temperatures have also taken a toll on our cars, trucks and SUV's. Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, are tough on engines, radiators and tires. As temperatures rise, your engine has to work a little harder. When this occurs, the chance of a breakdown increases. If you become stranded while traveling through Overland Park, an Overland Park Motorist Assist Officer may respond to help you.

The Overland Park Police Department's Motorist Assist Unit consists of three part-time and three volunteer Motorist Assist Officers. Motorist Assist Officers are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Volunteer Motorist Assist Officers work varying hours.

In addition to providing a valuable service to our citizens and visitors to Overland Park, the use of volunteers and part-time non-police officers for this program greatly reduce the cost of this service. Prior to the motorist assist program, police officers responded to these calls, so the use of volunteers and others free up a police officer to answer other calls for service. As you can imagine, the cost of a police officer handling this call is more expensive than the use of volunteers and part-time non-police officer personnel. Also, the vans used by the motorist assist program are cheaper to equip and operate than a police patrol vehicle.

Motorist Assist Officers can help change a tire, provide you with enough gas to get you to a nearby gas station and assist you in calling for a tow truck. Also, the motorist assist vehicles have room to allow the stranded motorist(s) a place to get out of the elements whether it is the heat of the summer, cold of the winter or a driving rain. This is a little more comfortable than sitting in the back of a patrol car for the same reason. If you experience a breakdown in Overland Park, call 895-6300, the non-emergency number for the Overland Park Police Department.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Heat Goes On

The recent spell of 100 degree temperatures and high gasoline prices takes me back to the summer of 1980. Thirty-one years ago, the Kansas City metro area experienced a month long heat wave and “energy crisis.” During July of 1980, National Weather Service records note the temperature in our area reached 100 degrees or higher twenty-two times. Fifteen of those days were consecutive between the dates of July 6th and 20th. Many deaths occurred in the urban cores of cities throughout the Midwest. The region was also experiencing severe drought.

To make matters worse, oil prices peaked creating an energy crisis. Long lines of cars waited at gasoline pumps after talk of rationing circulated through the media.

The police department drove Plymouth Volares. The following year, the department tested four 1981 Plymouth K cars, a 4-door 4-cylinder small sedan. Two had automatic transmissions and two were manual transmissions. Officers on the street were not impressed with them and because of their small size, ultimately turned out to be impractical as police cars.

People empathize with firefighters who battle blazes in conditions of extreme heat, but police officers suffer in the heat as well. I remember Officers applying copious amounts of talcum powder to their chests and backs before strapping on their protective vests in an attempt to stay as dry as possible during their broiling shifts.

In 1980, uniforms were made of a heavy material so they could be worn year-round. Today, lighter weight shirts and pants make a big difference, but after 8-10 hours of wearing a vest, t-shirt, and uniform shirt along with a heavy belt, officers can feel pretty miserable even though their cars are air conditioned. Like any vehicle, police cars are taxed in the high heat. However, unlike the family car, many of them are driven from sixteen to twenty-four hours a day.

In his popular song, “You’ve got a Friend,” James Taylor captured the essence of service provided to the public by police and fire---“Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call.” The fire and police departments will respond---no matter what situation, time of day, or conditions.

Below are a few old photos showing some of our old cars.





How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?

Did you know that taking the time to meet your neighbors can make new friends and have an effect on crime? National Night Out is a nationwide program designed to get the community involved in crime prevention. Traditionally turning on your outdoor lights and coming outside to meet neighbors has been the basis for the event. In different parts of the country people are now hosting front porch vigils, block parties and parades, all in an effort to show unity against crime.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:

• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
• Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

This program is designed to remind all of us that this is our city and we have to work together to maintain it, and keep it the way we want it. It encourages us to meet and know our neighbors. When you know your neighbors you naturally watch out for each other, you pay more attention to your neighborhood, and you notice when things are out of place.

Make yourself aware of what is happening in your neighborhood, and call police if you witness a crime or see suspicious activity. The Police Department relies on our citizens to be watchful and make us aware of things that are happening. Police Officers cannot be everywhere all the time, but together we can have a huge effect on crime and keep our community safe.

The link below will take you to a website that provides more information on National Night Out.

http://www.nationaltownwatch.org/nno/