Wednesday, December 26, 2012

“Wait a Second – You’re not Santa Claus”

Just before midnight on Christmas Eve, a resident came home to his apartment after being out for the evening and found an unexpected visitor who was still inside. It definitely wasn’t someone in a red suit and a long white beard bringing Christmas cheer, but instead it was a thief wanting to take his stuff.

Upon entering the apartment, the resident observed that the rear sliding glass door was open and items were thrown around everywhere in the apartment. As he stood there in disbelief, he saw a white male wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans run from one room and down the hallway into another. The resident chased the suspect who then proceeded to jump head-first out the bedroom window.

The suspect got away, but not before the victim was able to get a good description of the burglar and relay that information to the responding officers.

While the officers on scene were canvassing the area for the suspect, police dispatch received a call from a nearby resident who advised someone was repeatedly pounding on their door asking for help. The description of the person matched the suspect who had just fled from the victim’s apartment.

The man was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Johnson County Jail to await formal charges from the District Attorney’s Office on aggravated burglary.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Operation Rudolph

They didn’t look like Santa. They didn’t arrive in a sleigh. But this time, when the patrol car entered the neighborhood, it was a good thing. Because this time, it was Officers with the Overland Park Police Department COPPS Unit and volunteers from the NAACP delivering food and gifts to 21 families in Overland Park.

I would say Operation Rudolph was a success. Donations totaling $3850.00 were received from individual officers, the NAACP, and local retail businesses. This allowed each of the 21 families to receive close to $200 in gift cards along with food for the holidays.

See? We do like to give out things other than tickets.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Was yesterday a bit of a challenge for you to get around on the roads?  Now might be a good time to put out a few driving tips for the bad weather days.

According to The Weather Channel website, the best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.

Don't go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared (TIPS), and that you know how to handle road conditions.

It's helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you're familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner's manual for tips specific to your vehicle.

Driving safely on icy roads

1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.

2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.

3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.

4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.

5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.

6. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.

7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.

8. Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.

9. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

If your rear wheels skid...

1. Take your foot off the accelerator.

2. Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they're sliding right, steer right.

3. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.

4. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.

5. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.

If your front wheels skid...

1. Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don't try to steer immediately.

2. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in "drive" or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.

If you get stuck...

1. Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.

2. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.

3. Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.

4. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.

5. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.

6. Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner's manual first — it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you're in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.

7. More Tips

Sources: National Safety Council, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Washington State Government Information & Services

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Vice Sting Results in 8 Arrests on Wednesday Night

The Overland Park Police Department’s Vice Unit is continuing to combat all forms of prostitution within the city. Last night, they conducted a prostitution sting which resulted in the arrests of eight people who were charged with prostitution (3), patronizing a prostitute (3), or promoting prostitution (2).

The Overland Park Police Department will continue to confront vice activity in its hotels, motels and apartment communities. We want to get the message out that you’re taking an increased risk if you come to Overland Park to conduct this type of activity.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Honey, I'm Home

This past weekend two Topeka officers were killed in the line of duty. Last week, first responders entered an elementary school and saw things no one wants to have to even imagine. We hear about how these events affect the people involved and the first responders, but there is a group of people that is sometimes far from our minds and I want to call attention to them.

In every police officer’s life there is a family or group of close friends that is their support group. This is a group that understands what they have signed up for, so to speak. They know that each day their loved one goes to work with their number one goal being to serve their community and still come home at the end of their shift. They also know that when their loved one comes home, there’s a chance they are coming home with the baggage of whatever they have seen on that day’s, or night’s, shift. It takes a special kind of dedication to be there for their officers.

Personally, I have been married for 40 years and also have been a police officer for that entire time. My wife has said that the personal qualities required to be a police officer are ones that also make a good spouse and parent. For this reason, she considers the job a blessing. For my wife, some of the challenges meant dealing with shift work and the conflicts that caused with family events. These are things police officer families learn to work around. Sometimes it meant holidays like Christmas had to wait. Asking that of a young child is a lot, but the children of police officers grow up with an understanding of what their parent does and what is expected of them, as well.

Police officers see things and hear things they will never forget. They sometimes hold these things in and don’t talk about them in an effort to protect their loved ones. It is a balancing act that the family of a police officer has to endure. They must keep the line of communication open so they can support their officer without pushing their officer and being intrusive. When their officer does talk to them, it can mean that the family is now exposed to the same stress as the officer. The difference is, a police officer will sometimes hear, “Thank you for what you do,” while they are out on patrol. The families on the other hand, do not.

I recently told the officers that the job they do is extremely important to the health and well-being of our community. I want you, the families, friends, and colleagues of these officers to know that your support is extremely important to the health and well-being of the officers.

This is my thank you to the families. Your role, while often overshadowed by the story that is told by others, has not gone unnoticed. Thank you for what you do for your loved ones and our protectors.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Detectives Need Your Help to Identify Armed Robbery Suspect

On December 15, 2012, at approximately 5:35 p.m. Overland Park Police responded to the report of an armed robbery at a cell phone store located in the 10200 block of W. 75th Street.

The store employee told officers that a man came into the store, displayed a black handgun, demanded money from the employee and told him to get on the ground. The suspect grabbed the money from the cash register, along with some phones, and then left the scene on foot. The employee was not injured during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a white male, late 20’s, 200 lbs., 5’ 9”, wearing a black hoodie with a red short sleeved striped polo shirt over the hoodie. He was wearing black sunglasses and had no facial hair.

Please take a look at the photos and the surveillance video below. We’re hoping someone may recognize the unique clothing the suspect was wearing at the time of the robbery.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8750.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Anti-Fraud and Theft Initiative Update: Oak Park Mall

Since October 5th, Overland Park Police Detectives have been working at Oak Park Mall as part of our annual Anti-Fraud and Theft Initiative. Detectives assigned to the mall during this time period work undercover, as well as several who serve as a uniformed presence.

Over the weekend (Friday, 12/14 through Sunday, 12/16), there were fourteen arrests made on mall property, with the majority of them involving shoplifters. Of the fifteen arrested, seven were charged with felonies.

In order to be charged with a felony, a suspect would have to have stolen merchandise valued over $1000, or shoplifted from three or more stores within a 72 hour period. An arrest for shoplifting can also be elevated to a felony if the person has two or more prior theft convictions.

There have been a total of 121 arrests during this initiative since October 5th. That number is expected to get higher as we get closer to the holidays.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Results of Yesterday’s Driver Awareness Campaign

Listed below are statistics related to the Driver Awareness Campaign conducted by the Overland Park Police Department on Thursday, December 13th, 2012. The event was conducted during a (6) hour period at various locations in our city. Most of the locations worked were High Accident Locations and Traffic Complaint Areas.

Speeding – 42

Adult Seatbelt – 42

Insurance Violation – 25

Red Light Violation – 24

Right/Left/U-Turn Violations – 26

Improper Turn – 1

Lane Change Violation - 1

Suspended Driver’s License – 3

DL Violations – 12

Other Violations – 5

Tag Violations – 6

Warrant Arrests - 1

Total Stops - 131

Total Citations – 187

The next Driver Awareness Campaign is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013. The primary goals of the monthly enforcement initiatives are to reduce motor vehicle collisions through selective enforcement, education and deterrence.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Don’t Let the Grinch Ruin Your Holiday: Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Travel safely: Make sure everyone wears a seatbelt, and if the weather doesn’t want to cooperate, slow down and give yourself plenty of room. You can’t enjoy the holidays if you don’t arrive safely.

Limit the distractions: Remember driving is a full time occupation. Driving distracted (phone, text, music) is dangerous. Leave the distractions turned off so you can arrive safely.

Out of sight, out of mind: When shopping, conceal packages in the trunk of your vehicle. Leaving all those expensive purchases lying on the back seat in plain view is an open opportunity for a car burglar.

• Shop light: When shopping, just carry the bare minimum. Leave you purse and bulky billfold at home. Carry only a driver license and one or two credit cards. If your credit card is lost or stolen, report it immediately to the credit card company so you will not be responsible for charges you did not make.

• Candle safety: Candles make beautiful decorations, but beware of the fire risk. There are several new candle look-a-likes on the market now that utilize a safe long lasting LED bulb that won’t cause your holiday to go up in smoke.

• Keep gifts out of view. Your family room might look like a Thomas Kinkade painting with the gifts placed around the tree, but this makes short work for a burglar. There are plenty of “Grinches” out there so don’t display gifts openly, especially rooms that can be viewed from your front porch.

• Keep your doors locked: Keep them locked, even when you are at home. Over half of all burglaries occur through unsecured doors. Keep your garage door closed and don’t forget to lock your car even if it is parked in the driveway or garage.

• Know your neighbors: If you plan on being out of town over the holidays let a trusted neighbor or friend know your plans and provide them a phone number just in case. Make sure to arrange to have the trash put out at the curb on trash day, and have the mail picked up or stopped. Don’t forget to shut the water off to your washing machine and have someone do a walk through of your home just in case the furnace goes out. It would ruin the holiday to return home to frozen or broken pipes.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Citizen’s Police Academy Graduate Practices Crime Prevention Tip Learned During Class

Late one Saturday evening in October, a recent graduate of our Citizen’s Police Academy had a chance to put to use a crime prevention tip she learned from Crime Prevention Officer Bill Koehn.

The citizen heard her doorbell ring but since it was dark outside she did not feel the need to answer the door or look outside. Thinking back to a presentation on residential security, the citizen remembered videos of a door being kicked in and remarks from Officer Koehn that burglars usually knock on a door or ring a doorbell to see if anyone is home.

The citizen then flipped on the outdoor light to show a potential burglar the home was occupied and asked, “Who’s there?” She looked out the peep hole to see if anyone was around. Seeing nobody outside, the citizen still watched and waited a few minutes until she was sure nobody was outside.

This event also prompted the citizen to review her own residential security features and is preparing to install a more secure jamb brace to her door. If you are unable to participate in our Citizen’s Police Academy, there is another way to procure crime prevention information to secure your home.

Residential security surveys are free to Overland Park residents. During the residential security survey, Officer Koehn can show a video of common burglary methods and how simple preventive measures can diminish the chances of a crime occurring to you. Many homeowners are amazed and entertained by the presentation but, more importantly, receive valuable education regarding residential safety.

To schedule your residential security survey, please contact Officer Koehn at 913-327-6945 or use “OPCARES” on the city’s website

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Driver Awareness Campaign Thursday

In an ongoing effort to keep the roadways safe for the citizens of Overland Park and the thousands of motorists who travel our roadways on a daily basis, officers from the Traffic Safety Unit and TAC unit will team up to work the department's monthly Accident Reduction Initiative.

On Thursday, December 13th, special attention will be given to the following locations:

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

W. 87th Street & US69 Hwy/Lenexa Drive

W. 75th Street and I-35 Hwy.

10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

College Blvd. & US69 Hwy

I-435 Hwy. & Antioch Road

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

I-435 Hwy. & Metcalf Ave.

I-435 Hwy. & Nall Ave.

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

I-435 Hwy. & Roe Ave.

W. 135th Street & US69 Hwy.

The primary goals of the monthly enforcement initiatives are to reduce accidents and to get drivers and passengers to buckle up.

Looking at the crash statistics through November 30th of this year, compared to the same time period last year, accidents have been reduced overall by almost 5%. It is our belief that the monthly traffic enforcement initiatives have played a vital role in that reduction. This is obviously something we hope continues to trend downward.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Help to Identify Suspects in a Burglary

Overland Park Police Detectives are looking for assistance in identifying the suspects of a convenience store burglary. The burglary occurred in the 10300 block of Mastin, on November 24th, 2012, at approximately 3:45 A.M.

Officers responded to the business on an alarm. When they arrived they found that someone had forced entry into the building and damaged a glass display case while targeting cigarettes.

The only suspect descriptions at this time are:

4 total suspects

• Suspect 1: black jacket with hood, charcoal colored pants, white tennis shoes, blue gloves

• Suspect 2: black jacket with hood (hood has grey or white trim); charcoal pants, black lace up high top tennis shoes with white laces and white toe cap; facial covering; multicolored winter pattern cotton gloves; dark backpack with white/light colored straps

• Suspect 3: charcoal or black colored hoodie worn underneath a light grey or white crewneck sweatshirt; dark pants, white tennis shoes

• Suspect 4: unknown clothing description.

Photos of the suspects are below.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Friday, December 7, 2012

They Could Be Watching You

Anytime you leave valuables in plain sight inside of your car, you’re increasing the chances that someone is going to break into your vehicle.

With the holiday shopping season already upon us, the opportunity for would-be thieves has increased dramatically. If you’re one of the many people who drop off valuables or recently purchased gifts inside your vehicle, then continue shopping at other stores, then there are a few things you can do to keep yourself from becoming an easy target.

Be alert when walking to and from your car, lock your vehicle and be sure to conceal your purchases by stowing them in the trunk or cover them with a blanket. It’s also a good idea to park in well-lit areas of the parking lot.

Even when trying to do some of the things mentioned above, you can still become a victim, as the example below shows.

On December 6th around 11:00 in the morning, the victim arrived at the mall to do some shopping. She had already been out shopping and had several packages that she had strategically placed in the rear of her vehicle. The packages were set directly behind the driver`s seat and the back seats were pulled down so the packages would be away from direct view.

When the victim later returned, she went directly to the trunk of her vehicle and noticed the rear seats had been pushed to the up-right position. She quickly realized her packages were missing. The victim was confident she had locked the door and was unsure how the suspect got inside. It was obvious she was being watched by the suspect when she arrived and was placing the items in the backseat.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Selective Enforcement: I-435 and Antioch

During the recent review of the High Accident Locations (HALS) for the 3rd quarter of 2012, I-435 Highway and Antioch Road was listed as #9 on the current list. At that time (end of September) the number of accidents was at 34 for the year, and currently sits at 57 through December 1st.

That particular location, as well as the many others on the list, receives constant attention as you can imagine, in order to keep those numbers from getting much higher.

There are a lot of factors that raise the number of accidents at a particular location. Most of them are attributed to the sheer number of vehicles that travel through those intersections, while road construction and speed contribute to them, as well.

Yesterday, four members of our Traffic Safety Unit spent about two hours working the I-435 and Antioch area for various traffic violations, but mainly concentrated on speeding. The area is still under construction to the west and the speed limit drops from 65 to 55mph just east of the Antioch Bridge.

Of the 57 accidents mentioned earlier, the majority of the accidents were rear-end collisions caused by inattentive driving, following too closely and speeding. During yesterday’s enforcement effort, 18 citations were written for speeding. Of those 18, all of them were going at speeds between 74 and 85mph, in a 55mph zone.

Actually, the number of citations could’ve been much higher as there were only three officers making stops while one operated the speed detection device.

The overall mission of our enforcement efforts is to try to change driver behavior. Countless studies have proven that speeding is a major threat to the public’s safety and thus warrants our constant attention.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Same Old Scams - New Victims

The holidays are fast approaching and most of us will spend a good deal of money on gifts and other things to help us enjoy the holiday festivities. The majority of us work very hard in order to pay for those things, but there are many who rely on other, unlawful ways.

Scammers all across the globe will also be working hard to pay for all the things they plan to buy, as well. This usually means we’ll be seeing an increase in the number of reports regarding old scams, sometimes with a different twist, or even a new scam.

We routinely try to put information out there about the various scams because it’s something we feel is important to keep the public informed of. It’s true that most of the victims are elderly, but anyone call fall victim to the many different scams out there.

Here’s an example of an ongoing scam that was reported to us just yesterday:

The victim received an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be with Microsoft Technical Support. The victim said he was having trouble with his computer lately, so he didn`t think anything of it when the caller said he was calling to help him fix his computer. The scammer told him to go to his computer and he could perform various tasks remotely to fix it. He then directed the victim to a Western Union website where he would be charged only $9.00 for fixing his computer.

After the victim entered his credit card number and the three-digit code on the back of the card, the caller advised he was going to take over the computer to change a few items. The victim said he was not touching his computer, but could see the cursor on his computer moving.

The scammer told the victim that his credit card wasn’t working and asked for another one. After trying another card and advising that one didn’t work either, the caller ended the encounter and advised he would call back later for payment.

The victim later thought about what transpired and decided to contact his credit card company. They told him two separate wire transfers were attempted on his cards for a total of almost $1500. The bank denied both transactions so the victim was not out any money.

Luckily for the victim, his bank was able to intercede and prevent him from becoming a financial victim, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. It is our hope that people will take a few moments to confirm the source before giving out personal or financial information to a stranger.

The officer on this case advised the victim to contact the three credit reporting agencies to have them place a fraud alert on his account. He also decided to take his computer into a local computer repair center to have the experts fix the problem. Hopefully, the bill will be a lot less than it could have been in this case.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Detectives Need Your Help to Identify

On November 8th, 2012, Overland Park officers were contacted by a victim who stated someone stole her wallet while she was dining at a local restaurant. Inside her wallet, the victim had several credit cards which were then unlawfully used on the same day to purchase goods at an area retail store and withdraw cash from a local bank.

The amount of the loss exceeds $5,000.00.

Surveillance photos depict an Asian female using the victim’s credit cards. (See photos below)

 Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Traffic Alert: Southbound Quivira Road

Beginning Tuesday, December 4th, at 9:00 AM through Thursday, December 6, until 4:00 PM, southbound Quivira Road between 105th and 106th Streets will be reduced to two lanes (outside lane closed) for road construction.

This information can also be viewed at:

Friday, November 30, 2012

Help to Identify a Person Using Stolen Credit Cards

On November 25th, around 7:00 pm, the victim stopped to exercise at a local health club. Before she went inside the facility she left her purse in her locked vehicle.

While she was inside, someone smashed the window of her car and stole her purse. The victim had a number of things in the purse, including her credit cards. The victim's credit cards were then used at several retail establishments in the area. The total loss on just one card is over $3,000.

The photos below show the female suspect attempting to use one of the victim’s credit cards at a local grocery store. She is seen getting into the rear passenger door of a blue SUV.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Results of Thanksgiving Enforcement Campaign

The Overland Park Police Department conducted a Thanksgiving Mobilization S.T.E.P. (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) Campaign from November 19th, through November 25th.

The campaign was conducted with the principle focus on DUI/Restraint violations. Officers also looked for child passenger seat violations, speeding, and other alcohol related arrests in an effort to reduce alcohol related auto accidents.

Please review the statistical results:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Help Identify Theft Suspects

The Overland Park Investigations Division is asking for the public’s help in identifying the male and female pictured below.

On November 24th, Overland Park Police responded on a theft report from a local grocery store. Employees stated a white female pushed a grocery cart full of items out the front without attempting to make payment. The female suspect pushed the cart to the parking lot where a black male assisted her in putting the items inside an SUV.

A store manager went out to confront the suspects and noticed various foods items lying on the ground leaving a trail to a vehicle. He was able to grab the cart away from them before all the groceries were loaded into the vehicle. The male then jumped in the driver’s seat and quickly backed out hitting the cart and almost striking the manager.

The employee was able to recover about half the items that were inside the cart before they drove away. The recovered items totaled around $450.

The SUV is described as a dark grey Ford Expedition with Idaho plates. It is unknown if the plate was stolen, or the suspects were in the area visiting relatives for the holiday.

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

‘Tis the Season to Shop

With special Thanksgiving hours, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, retailers are giving us more than ample opportunities to get out and shop. The multi-day Black Friday shopping event has also given shoplifters extended time to commit their crimes against retailers.

If you conducted an internet search regarding Black Friday, you’ll find numerous examples where people across the country were arrested for things from simple theft to aggravated battery.

Here in Overland Park, the Black Friday event passed without any major problems, except some minor traffic issues. We did make 12 arrests at Oak Park Mall over the weekend as part of our ongoing Anti-Fraud and Theft Initiative. Since it began on October 5th, detectives have arrested a total of 81 people.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Living with Wildlife

Living in isolated areas of the county you’d certainly expect to see a greater number of wildlife, but during this time of year we also see an increase in the number of calls involving wild animals as they venture closer to the suburban areas.

With the increase in fox, bobcat and coyote movement, it’s normal to see them during all hours of the day and night. This anticipated behavior occasionally raises questions about safety in neighborhoods, so here are a few facts and helpful tips when dealing with coyotes in your area.

Coyotes generally won’t attack a dog for food. Rather, they view dogs as competition for territory, food and mates. Coyote’s favorite foods are small mammals (mice, voles, shrews, rabbits). Coyotes will also eat feral and free-roaming cats. However, research done in the Chicago region has shown that even in an urban environment, coyotes prefer their “natural” foods of small mammals and carrion.

The most effective way to prevent a bad encounter with a coyote is to make sure all of your behavior reinforces its natural fear of people. Clean up food around your house that coyotes like, such as bird seed, messy garbage cans, or food left out for pets. These types of food sources are not natural and teach coyotes that if they risk coming close to people, they will be rewarded with food. Finally, keep all pets inside at night and watch small dogs while outside, even during daylight hours.

For additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our Animal Control Department at 913-895-6300. Animal Control does not provide nuisance wildlife removal.

• Nuisance wildlife complaints: Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, 913-894-9113, or contact a nuisance wildlife removal agency in the phone book.

• Tips on handling orphaned wildlife: Operation Wildlife, 913-631-6566.

Stat Fact: In a year's time, Animal Control will answer more than 9,000 calls, impound more than 1,200 animals, investigate more than 120 animal bites, and process more than 200 special animal permits.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Get The 411 On Road Conditions By Calling 511

Did you know that you can call 511 on your cellular phone and get route specific information for your travel plans this holiday weekend? Until this morning, I didn’t know just how much of the United States was covered by the 511 program.

You may have seen the signs along the highway that post something like, “Call 511 for travel info.” What you may not know is that over 70% of the United States participates in the 511 program. This means that if you dial 511 from your cellular phone, you can get travel information for an area that can help you make trip decisions for your route. I tried this myself and found it very easy to use. It gave me several options to check Kansas specific roadways and then provided me with the opportunity to check the surrounding states’ highways.

Before you head out on your road trip this weekend, make sure you do some basic safety checks on your vehicle such as lights, fluid levels, and tires and so on, and then call 511 to check the road conditions for your route.

Visit for more information and drive safely.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Overland Park Police Investigate Overnight Fatality Accident

On November 20, 2012, around 1:50 am, Overland Park Police responded on a fatality accident that occurred on northbound US69 Highway, just north of Interstate I-435 Highway.

The accident involved (1) car which appears to have lost control after having traveled from westbound I-435 onto the ramp to northbound US69 Highway.

The driver of the passenger car is identified as 20 year-old, John Stevens Hauk II, of Kansas City, Kansas. The driver was not wearing his seat belt and suffered fatal injuries from the accident.

The Overland Park Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit continues to investigate the accident.

This is the fifth traffic related fatality in the city during 2012, which is now equal to last year’s total.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Seat Belt Safety Study

As you can probably tell from past postings on this blog, the topic of seat belt usage has been of paramount importance to us and will continue to be so in the future.

This past week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released information from a recent study they conducted regarding seat belt usage. Their findings indicated that more people across the country are buckling up than ever before.

The survey shows that nationwide seat belt use reached an all-time high of 86 percent in 2012. That’s good news, especially with the upcoming holidays and the record number of people who will be travelling on our nation’s highways this season.

According to NHTSA's annual National Occupant Protection Use Survey, seat belt use has steadily increased since 1994, with the record high of 86 percent in 2012 representing a two percent increase over the previous year.

Seat belt use continues to be higher in states that have primary belt laws (Kansas), which permit law enforcement officers to issue citations to motorists solely for not using a seat belt rather than requiring additional traffic violations.

Buckling up your seat belt has been proven to be the single most effective way to reduce the risk of injury or death in motor vehicle crashes. Most people who die in collisions are not wearing a safety belt.

The Kansas Safety Belt Use Act (KSA 8-2501) requires the following:

• Each occupant of a passenger car who is 14 years of age or older shall have a safety belt properly fastened at all times the vehicle is in motion.

• Each occupant of a passenger car, at least 14 years of age, but younger than 18 years of age, in any seating position can be cited for this violation (KSA 8-2503(b).

• Front seat occupants of a passenger car who are 18 years of age or older can be cited for this violation.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement Campaign

The Overland Park Police Department, along with many other police agencies across the state, will be participating in the Kansas Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign from Monday, November 19, through Sunday, November 25. A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will underwrite overtime traffic enforcement that especially targets impaired drivers as well as vehicle occupants who are not properly restrained.

Surprisingly, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend (Wednesday-Sunday) frequently outranks the other holidays in Kansas in number of driver impairment crashes. Those driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs endanger not only themselves, but also their passengers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. On average, across Kansas five persons are killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes each day. According to KDOT, which tracks all crashes in the state, vehicle occupants in alcohol-related crashes are more than 2 ½ times likely to be injured or killed than those involved in crashes where alcohol or other drugs were not a factor.

Each week across Kansas more than 300 drivers are arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence). A DUI conviction will result in jail time, suspension or revocation of driver’s license, a fine of $500 to $2,500, participation in an alcohol treatment program, and purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device in the offender’s vehicle. It requires the driver to blow into a device that measures breath alcohol content prior to starting the car.

Always wear your seatbelt and don’t move the vehicle until all of your passengers are buckled in. It is both yours and your passenger’s best defense against death and injury, and it’s the law. It is not uncommon for a belted driver to survive a crash relatively unscathed, while an unbelted passenger is frequently killed or seriously injured – perhaps permanently.

Don’t put yourself in the position to have to live with these consequences for the rest of your life - BUCKLE UP for LIFE!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

On Wednesday November 14th, the Overland Park Police Department conducted its monthly Operation Impact Campaign which targeted aggressive driving, seat belt violations and other violations which can cause accidents or increase the severity of accidents.

The majority of the time was spent at Overland Park’s nine high schools enforcing seat belt and child car seat violations. More than 30 officers were involved in the campaign and the results are shown below.

24 – Adult Seat Belts

8 – Seat Belts (14-17 years old)

4 – Speeding

5 – Stop Sign Violations

4 – Insurance Violations

4 – Other Violations

38 Vehicles Stopped

49 – Total Citations Issued

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Upcoming Traffic Alerts:

• W. 167TH Street, between US69 Highway and Antioch Road will have intermittent closures beginning Thursday, November 15th until Friday, December 14th in order to mill and overlay 167th Street.

• There will be a lane of eastbound W. 151st Street, from England Street to Antioch Road that will be closed weekdays from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. This is scheduled to begin on November 14th and continue thru December 7th, for bus transit improvements.

• There will also be one lane of westbound 137th street, and 135th street to Antioch, that will be closed weekdays from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. This will begin on November 14th and go thru December 7th for bus transit improvements.

• The intersection of 92nd & Hemlock will be closed beginning Thursday, November 15th at 8:00 am until 9:00 am on Saturday, November 17th for storm sewer improvements.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Operation Impact and Special Seatbelt Enforcement

On Wednesday November 14th, the Overland Park Police Department will be participating in the monthly Operation Impact Campaign which targets aggressive driving, seat belt violations and other violations which can cause accidents or increase the severity of accidents.

While we will still be conducting traffic enforcement on our major thoroughfares, more than 30 officers will be enforcing seat belt and child car seat violations at each of our nine high schools. This special enforcement will occur mainly in the morning, but also will be conducted at specific locations in the afternoon hours.

The Child Passenger Safety Act (KSA 8-1343) requires:

• All children under age four must be in an appropriate federally-approved child safety seat.

• Children four years of age, but under the age of eight years, must be in an appropriate federally-approved child safety seat/booster seat UNLESS the child weighs more than 80 pounds OR is taller than 4'9" in height.

• Children eight years of age, but under the age of 14, must be protected by a safety belt.

The Kansas Safety Belt Use Act (KSA 8-2501) requires:

• Each occupant of a passenger car who is 14 years of age or older shall have a safety belt properly fastened at all times the vehicle is in motion.

• Each occupant of a passenger car 14 years of age, but younger than 18 years of age, in any seating position can be cited for this violation (KSA 8-2503(b).

• Front seat occupants of a passenger car who are 18 years of age or older can be cited for this violation.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Don’t Allow Criminals Easy Access to Your Car

With temperatures dropping we are reminded of a trend we’ve experienced many times in the past. Our Crime Analysis Unit compiled information on “idling stolen autos” and indicate there have been 24 such stolen autos over the last two winters. With this information in mind, we want to share an important auto theft prevention tip for the upcoming cold weather season.

For many years, it has been suggested to warm a vehicle before driving. According to current research, today’s sophisticated engine management systems require no warm up. By foregoing the warm up you will save gas, money and may reduce your chances of becoming a crime victim.

Leaving your car running unattended is also against the law. City ordinance 12.04.107 prohibits running a vehicle unattended with the keys in it unless a remote-starter is being used.

Stolen autos are not the only cold weather problem for our city. Some of you might have already experienced frost and ice buildup on your windshields in the morning. The ice always seems to be the thickest when we are running a little late.

Please take time to clear your windshield before you depart for your destination. If you don’t clean your windshield, it causes your vision to be obscured and you may not see a vehicle or pedestrian in your path.

In the past 22 months, there were 3 accidents in which the sole cause was ice/frost/fog buildup on windshields. The ordinance that prohibits having such a vision obstruction is 12.04.177.

The best way to prevent frost and ice buildup is to do some preventive measures the night before: cover your windows with an old blanket or piece of cardboard.

We hope these tips will be useful. Safeguarding our automobiles and maintaining them properly will reduce criminal activity and keep us safe.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Results of the Accident Awareness Campaign on November 7th

A Driver Awareness Campaign was conducted by the Overland Park Police Department on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012. The event consisted of six motorcycle officers from our Traffic Safety Unit during a seven hour period at various locations in our city. Most of the spots worked were Traffic Complaint Areas and High Accident Locations.

The following citations were issued:

Speeding – 58

Adult Seatbelt – 21

Seatbelt (under 18) - 6

Insurance Violations – 22

Red Light Violations – 3

Illegal Turns – 7

Following Too Close – 1

Driving Left of Center - 2

Driver’s License Violations – 5

Total Stops - 91

Total Citations – 125

Officers were looking for those violations that often result in accidents. They include violations for running red lights, following too closely, unsafe lane changes and aggressive driving. Officers also cited drivers and passengers who were observed not wearing their seat belts.

The next High Visibility Traffic Enforcement date is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012. The primary goals of the monthly enforcement initiatives are to reduce motor vehicle collisions through selective enforcement, education and deterrence.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

In Honor of Veteran’s Day

This Sunday we will take time to honor those who have given so much of themselves for our country. This will be the 93rd commemoration of the end of World War I, “the war to end all wars”. Frank Buckles, “the last doughboy standing” passed away in February of 2011. WWII veterans were dying at the rate of 740 a day in 2011.

Here in the Overland Park Police Department, many of our officers are former military and some of them are still active in the reserves. The scenario is the same at many police departments across the country. The disciplined regimen of military service is very conducive to the expectations within law enforcement.

Each year we set up a room where members of this department can display their military heritage during this week in November. These displays include personal and family military portraits, certificates, awards, uniforms and memorabilia for others to honor.

Also, the Sprint Corporation will hold its annual Veterans Day Celebration today at the World Headquarters Campus in Overland Park.

Sprint values and honors members of the military who serve our country and is widely recognized for its strong commitment to the military and veterans. Sprint has approximately 1,500 veteran employees and 44 of them are currently deployed.

The Overland Park Police Department will be participating in this event at Sprint with SWAT team, bomb squad and K9 demonstrations.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Team Work Results in Three Arrests for Burglary

Back in March of this year, we shared with you the acquisition of a new radio which greatly enhanced our ability to communicate with other agencies in a timely matter.

With the use of these new radios, officers from area agencies can monitor calls happening in real time throughout Johnson County. This is especially important when you have so many cities that border each other in the area. Yesterday was a good example of the effectiveness of this new radio system.

A female resident was driving down the street to her home when she noticed a vehicle backed into her driveway. She also observed three males, whom she didn’t recognize, loading a TV into their trunk. When she pulled up in front of her house they had a surprised look on their faces and jumped into their car. They drove through the grass to get around the homeowner’s vehicle and took off down the street. The victim was able to get a good description of the vehicle and the occupants to relay to police. Information to be on the lookout for the vehicle was broadcast via the radio and our mobile messaging systems to other agencies.

Officers in Shawnee were monitoring the radio and also saw the mobile messages regarding our suspect vehicle. A short time later they located our suspect vehicle and were able to make a stop on it. The subsequent investigation revealed that these were the suspects from the residential burglary.

The two adults involved were arrested and transported to the Johnson County Jail, and the juvenile was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center. All three suspects are awaiting formal charges in District Court.

This case is a great example of how good communication between agencies can be very beneficial, especially when time is of the essence. It is also a testament to the victim’s ability to process crucial information accurately during a stressful situation and to relay that information to the police.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Did You Know?

Currently, the city of Overland Park has around 65 polling sites, with more being added each year as the city continues to grow.

Although we don’t expect any problems, the police department is providing additional monitoring of these locations throughout the day.

This year’s election is expected to bring out a larger number of voters, and as such, our goal is to ensure that the residents of this city can fulfill their desire to vote in this or any other election without the fear of harm or retribution.

Monday, November 5, 2012

SRO’s Make Lasting Impressions

Officer Kenneth Braden
 With the school year now well under way our School Resource Officers (SROs) have been thinking back about all the students they have influenced and I want to share two examples of this with you.

Both examples are from Officer Kenneth Braden, a 22-year veteran of the police department and a long-time SRO at Blue Valley High School.

The first example is from a 2003 graduate of Blue Valley High School. After graduating, the student joined the United States Marine Corps. When he ended his active military service in 2011 the veteran was hired as a sheriff’s deputy with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. The new deputy chose Officer Braden to pin on his badge since he considered Officer Braden a mentor.

The second example is from another graduate of Blue Valley High School. This student, who graduated several years ago, wrote a thank-you note to Officer Braden for showing hope and faith as she struggled with her grades. This student went to college where she was on the Dean’s list and is pursing a teaching career. The student wrote that Officer Braden gave her confidence and faith when others in her life did not.

These are just two examples of the extraordinary impact our SROs have on the lives of their students. They also are an example of one of three roles an SRO has (a law enforcement officer, a counselor, and a teacher). While each role can have a positive impact on students, Officer Braden discovered the counselor role can be the most rewarding.

For more information about our SRO program, check out the city’s website at

Friday, November 2, 2012

Accident Prevention Tips

As a follow up to Wednesday’s blog regarding the top ten accident locations in Overland Park, here are some key tips to remember when getting behind the wheel.

  • Always wear your seatbelt.

  • If impaired by alcohol or drugs, find a sober driver.

  • Avoid using your cell phone. This includes any form of texting.

  • If you must eat, pull off the road.

  • Don't tailgate. Leave at least 1 car length for every 10 mph.

  • Change radio stations while stationary.

  • Never apply makeup or groom hair while moving.

  • Look twice before backing.

  • Steer with your hands; not with your legs.

  • Don't speed - not even a little bit.

  • Concentrate, Concentrate and Concentrate.
Below is a chart which illustrates how we are doing as far as the number of accident reports we’ve taken this year compared to the last three years. All data is thru the end of September.

As you can see, overall accidents have continued to go down the last two years, while the number of injury accidents has remained the same.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Help to Identify Felony Theft Suspect

On October 20th, officers took a theft report at an area eye care store. Employees advised a white female entered the store and took five designer eyeglass frames, placed them in her bag and left the store without paying.

Surveillance video shows a white female possibly in her late 20`s or early 30’s, with short blond hair which was pulled back with a clip. She appears to be approximately 5’6”, heavyset, wearing a white t-shirt with black piping and a black sweater.

Anyone with information on the person in these photos is asked to contact the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

3rd Quarter High Accident Locations (HAL’s)

Listed below are the top ten High Accident Locations for this quarter (thru September 30th), and it’s no surprise again that the majority involve areas where there is ongoing construction.

While this listing is a good indication of where crashes are most likely to occur on our city streets, some of the repeat offenders are simply there because of their high traffic volume.

All totals are year-to-date as compared to last year's YTD at the same time.
You can also see that there are some intersections that are no longer on the list, while a few new ones have moved up to take their places. This can be attributed to the extra enforcement placed upon those newly missing areas or quite possibly that construction has finished and things are back to normal.

Whatever the reason, a city of our size will always have a significant number of accidents. Accident reduction is achieved through education, such as this blog and media coverage, and through selective enforcement.

Officers with the Overland Park Police Department will continue to conduct their monthly accident and driver awareness campaigns in an ongoing effort to keep our roadways safe. The special attention given to these various locations throughout the city will hopefully reduce motor vehicle collisions.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Officer Keary Receives Award

On October 20, 2012, Officer Thomas Keary, a 14-year police department veteran and currently assigned to the School Resource Officer unit, was named “CIT Officer of the Year” by the Kansas chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

CIT stands for Crisis Intervention Team and this team is a specially trained group of individuals from the community to work together to increase the efficiency in obtaining care for persons involved in a mental health crisis.

Officer Keary received the award for developing a summer initiative focusing on his role as a law enforcement officer on the team. Officer Keary provided CIT training to department members, presented at the Kansas Juvenile Officer’s Association meeting, and assisted with CIT training at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.

Throughout the summer, Officer Keary reviewed reports from other officers who handled calls for service and then partnered with Johnson County Mental Health to provide any needed follow up visits or referrals to resources.

Since 1995, our department has sent 95 officers to be trained as a CIT officer and this training effort is ongoing with more officers added to this list every year.

For more information about the CIT, visit their website:

Monday, October 29, 2012

Another Sting Results in More Arrests

The Overland Park Police conducted another “sting” operation last Thursday and Friday that resulted in the arrest of eight people.

Of those arrested, two were charged as prostituted women, four were arrested for patronizing a prostitute, one was charged with promoting prostitution, and another was charged with a massage violation.

During the operations, police officers will pose as prostitutes and customers in order to identify, arrest, and prosecute those associated with this crime.

Through these and other efforts, we will continue to send the message that prostitution is not welcome in Overland Park.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In 1987 the Domestic Violence Awareness Month was created by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 1987 was also the year that the national toll-free hotline was started. The original intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working diligently to end violence against women and their children.

We all know someone personally who has been affected by some form of domestic violence and, sadly, a lot of those cases have ended up with tragic outcomes. In law enforcement, we frequently see the brutal realities of what domestic violence can do to individuals, to families and even to entire communities. The consequences of domestic violence can span generations.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

• One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

• An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

• 85% of domestic violence victims are women.

• Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they kn0w.

• Most victims of domestic violence in Kansas are white females between the ages of 20 and 24. Most offenders are white males between the ages of 20 and 24 and are most often the spouses/ex-spouses or boyfriends/ex-boyfriends of the victims.

• Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

Tonight at 6:00pm is a Candlelight Vigil at the Johnson Co. Courthouse Gazebo/Courtyard, 100 N. Kansas Ave, Olathe, KS. Please join Johnson County District Attorney Stephen M. Howe to honor victims, celebrate survivors and recognize those who work to end Domestic Violence in this community. Light a candle tonight to celebrate the strength of victims of Domestic Violence.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Police Investigating Fatal Hit and Run Accident Involving a Pedestrian

At around 10:40 pm last night, Overland Park Police responded to the area of W. 71st. Street, just east of Metcalf Ave., in reference to a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a 35 year-old white female, was transported to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Overland Park Traffic Safety Officers are currently on scene and continuing with their investigation.

Anyone with information on this accident is asked to call Sgt. Scott Ferguson with the Overland Park Traffic Safety Division at (913) 895-6289.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crime Free Multi-Housing Management Training Seminar

On Wednesday October 17th, members of our Community Policing Division sponsored a Crime Free Multi-Housing Management (CFMH) and apartment employee seminar. This 1-day course will certify Managers and apartment employees who attend in Level 1 of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.

The CFMH program was designed to help tenants, owners, and the managers of rental property keep drugs and other illegal activity off their property.

The Crime Free Program exists in over 1700 cities in the U.S., Canada and Australia. This program has been proven to reduce crime and calls for service to rental properties by over 90%. The average reduction has been 40-55%. Additionally, properties that participate in the program see increased revenues and a stable resident base. Many police departments consider this program to be one of the most effective methods of crime prevention available.

The class is held at the police department and is usually offered during the spring and the fall. This year’s seminar hosted 24 people comprised of neighborhood leaders and management from area apartment communities.

Here are some of the topics discussed during the all-day training:

• The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

• Drug Education & Recognition

• Resident Screening

• Fire Issues in Apartment Communities

• The Role of Law Enforcement

• Social Services Resources and Special Victims Investigations

• Legal Issues in Rental Communities

For more information or to register for the next seminar, contact the Community Policing Division at: (913) 895-6295

Monday, October 22, 2012

Help to Identify

Overland Park Police Investigators are asking for assistance in identifying three suspects passing counterfeit checks at area businesses.

The bogus checks are created with stolen information from actual business accounts.

The suspects, three white females, are observed on surveillance video purchasing items with the counterfeit checks. They are seen leaving the area in an older white 2-door vehicle.

Please take a look at the picture below and call police if you think you can identify the owner of the vehicle.

Overland Park Detective Justin Russell is the investigator assigned to this case. He can be contacted at 913-344-8750.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Results of the Driver Awareness Campaign on October 16th

Listed below are statistics related to the Driver Awareness Campaign conducted by the Overland Park, Kansas Police Department on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012. The event was conducted during a (6) hour period at various locations in our city. Most of the locations worked were High Accident Locations and Traffic Complaint Areas.

There were (7) officers who participated in the event.

165 - Traffic Tickets Issued

114 - Vehicles Stopped

The next High Visibility Traffic Enforcement date is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012. The primary goals of the monthly enforcement initiatives are to reduce motor vehicle collisions through selective enforcement, education and deterrence.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Detectives Need Your Help

Our Investigations Division has released the following photos of two people they would like to identify. The two shown below are persons of interest in a theft and credit card fraud case.

On October 9th, 2012, the victim in this case placed her belongings in an employee locker, but the locker did not have a lock. When she returned to retrieve her belongings, she discovered her credit cards had been taken from her wallet.

The suspects, a white female and a black male, were caught on video surveillance later that day using the victim’s stolen credit cards at various locations in Overland Park and Roeland Park.

Anyone with information on the identity of these people is asked to call the Overland Park Police Department’s Investigation Division at 913-344-8750.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Help to Identify Subject Using Stolen Credit Card

Detectives need your help to identify a person of interest using a stolen credit card at a business in Overland Park. The pictured suspect stole a wallet left on the counter of a business in Oak Park Mall on 10/5/12, and immediately tried to use one of the credit cards at the Target across the street for $1,500 in gift cards. The transaction was denied.

The female was also featured in a release last week by Blue Springs PD after a similar incident occurred in their city. Detectives believe she may be involved in several other cases in the metro area.

The photo below depicts the female as she was leaving the Target store after her unsuccessful attempt to purchase the gift cards.
Anyone with information on the person in this photo is asked to contact the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Help to Identify Suspects in Jewelry Store Burglaries

Overland Park Police Detectives are seeking assistance in identifying the suspects of a jewelry store burglary. The burglary occurred in the 11600 block of Metcalf Ave, on October 13, 2012, around 1:00 A.M.

Officers responded to the business on an alarm. When they arrived they found someone had forced entry into the front of the business and immediately noticed several glass cases in the front of the store were smashed.

The suspects were able to grab a large amount of jewelry before leaving the store. The loss of property is estimated to be significant but is still being inventoried.

Suspect 1 appeared to be a white male, stocky build, wearing a multi color patterned stocking cap with thick black band, charcoal sweatshirt, dark sweatpants, dark tennis shoes with white soles, multi-colored mask and dark gloves

Suspect 2 was a male, unknown race, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt worn with hood up, dark pants, dark tennis shoes, dark mask and dark gloves with white on knuckles and fingers.

Here’s a portion of the surveillance video:

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

Monday, October 15, 2012

Four New Officers Graduate Academy

Last Thursday, I had the honor of attending the graduation ceremony for the 104th class of the Johnson County Regional Police Academy. Among the 25 cadets graduating, there were four new officers from Overland Park who will begin their post academy training with the city on Monday.

The Johnson County Regional Police Academy is a 16 week course and recruits must show proficiency in tasks such as firearms, CPR, report writing and emergency vehicle operations. Their training consists of 64 hours dedicated to practical problems and more than 100 hours of fitness, health, defensive tactics and officer safety.

A few weeks from now they will actually be placed with Field Training Officers (FTOs). The cadets will put will they will put all their training to use under the watchful eye of an officer who will provide daily evaluations of their performance. The field training program lasts an additional 12 weeks, which they must successfully complete, before they are allowed out on their own.

I am proud to introduce the following four new Overland Park Police Officers.
Officer B. Perdue #1028
Officer R. Scattergood #1029 
Officer A. Ward #1030
Officer S. Fernandez #1031