Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MADD Recognizes OP Officers

This past Saturday, January 14, 2012, a special event took place in Grandview, Missouri. The event was hosted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and recognized those officers who enforce DUI laws. Among the 38 officers recognized were Overland Park Officers Andrew Black and Jared Kendrick.

Officer Black has been a part of this police department for 24 years. Half of those years have been spent as a Traffic Safety Officer. In 2011, he arrested 102 people who were driving under the influence, which brought his career total to nearly 1500 DUI’s. These numbers speak to his dedication to the safety of Overland Park streets.

Officer Jared Kendrick has been a police officer in Overland Park for just over two years. As a patrol officer, he has already made 129 DUI arrests. In his short time as an officer he has personally experienced the dangers related to driving under the influence when he was struck by a car during a DUI investigation.

Alcohol and drug impaired drivers negatively affect thousands of families nationwide every year. I am proud of each and every officer who diligently fights this fight.