Monday, April 30, 2012

Drug Take-Back Day is a Huge Success

On Saturday April 28, 2012, the Overland Park Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsored a Take-Back initiative for prescription drugs. The event is aimed at preventing drug abuse, theft, and keeping these medications from getting dumped into our water supply.

During Saturday’s initiative, Overland Park residents turned in 28 garbage bags full of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, for a total of 706 pounds. This was double the amount turned in over the last three years combined (342 pounds).

“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. The DEA is working on new regulations which would provide daily take-back locations to the public.

Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Overland Park Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Recognition of Police Volunteers

The Police Department’s Annual Volunteer Dinner was held at the Overland Park DoubleTree Hotel. Since April is volunteer appreciation month, it’s a perfect time to honor the people who accomplish extraordinary things through service to their community.

Each volunteer was recognized for the contributions they provided throughout the department. Two of the volunteers were selected to receive special awards.

John Crume and Gus Ramirez

Reserve Sergeant John Crume was named the “Chaplain Mychal Judge Volunteer of the Year” for his dedication, loyalty, and commitment to the Overland Park Police Department. Sgt. Crume has been volunteering with the police department since 1983 when he began as a reserve officer.

Gus Ramirez received the “Georgia Erickson Community Service Volunteer Award” for his commitment as a member of the Civil Service Commission for the last 14 years. Gus began his career with OPPD in 1962 and served up until his retirement in 1988. During his career he served in a variety of capacities such as Officer, Detective, Field Sergeant, Lieutenant, and finally as a Division Commander.

Marie Lear retired this year after serving on the Civil Service Commission for 16 years and was recognized for her loyalty and commitment to the citizens of Overland Park.

The Police Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for civilians to become involved in many aspects of our department. These dedicated individuals are a wonderful resource and contribute so much to our ability to serve the citizens of Overland Park.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

National Work Zone Awareness Week

The 2012 National Work Zone Awareness Week is this week, April 23-27, 2012 - "Don't Barrel Through Work Zones! Drive Smart to Arrive Alive” is this year’s theme.

Although this is work zone awareness week, the Overland Park Police Department encourages everyone to drive safely in work zones all year long. Members of the police department will continue to be visible in work zones to increase driver awareness and to enforce the speed laws as necessary.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), 566 people were injured and 11 people were killed last year in Kansas work zone accidents.

When traveling through a work zone, motorists should always do the following:

• Follow traffic control

• Stay alert

• Watch for workers

• Expect delays

• Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you

• Change lanes when directed to do so

More information on work zone safety can be found on KDOT’s website, by clicking on the Go Orange logo.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has sent out a news release advising of the closure of ramps at the I-435 & US69 Highway Interchange. Please read the information below and plan an alternate route if applicable.

For Wednesday & Friday, April 25 & 27-November 2012 in Johnson County

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, the westbound I-435 to southbound US-69 ramp will CLOSE for reconstruction work on the interchange loop ramp. A marked detour will be provided. Westbound I-435 traffic will detour southbound on Blue Valley Parkway to southbound US-69.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 27, the southbound US-69 to westbound I-435 ramp will CLOSE for reconstruction work on the interchange loop ramp. A marked detour will be provided. Southbound US-69 traffic will detour to eastbound College Boulevard then to northbound US-69 back to westbound I-435.

EXPECT DELAYS! Advance message boards will alert drivers to the ramp closure. Updated daily traffic information for this project can be viewed online at: This ramp reconstruction work is part of the I-435 & US-69 “Red” Improvement Project which began construction in late summer 2011.

Project work for both ramps is scheduled to be completed and the ramps reopened to all traffic in November 2012, weather permitting.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Help to Identify Subjects Using Stolen Credit Cards

Although this crime occurred back on January 6th, 2012, we are asking for the public’s help in identifying the subjects pictured below.

Overland Park officers were contacted by a victim who stated someone stole her wallet out of her purse while she was shopping at a local grocery store. The victim told police the suspect asked for her help to locate some food items near the frozen food section. When the victim went to pay for her groceries, she noticed her wallet was missing. The credit cards were then used on the same day to purchase goods at three different retail stores in the metro area. The amount of the fraud purchases exceeds $3,500.00.

Surveillance photos from one retail store depict two persons using the victim’s credit cards. (See photos below)

The black male suspect appears to be 35-45 years of age, 5`8 to 5`10, wearing black pants, light colored dress shirt and a black jacket. The male had short black hair trimmed in a crew cut style. The second suspect is a black female wearing all black clothing and carrying a coat. She appeared to be between the ages of 35 and 45, wearing glasses, 5`4 to 5`6, 160 to 170 lbs

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

Monday, April 23, 2012

Disaster and Preparedness Episode 7: Put Disaster Down for the Count

Episode 7 is the final video of the Disaster and Preparedness video series, and is now available for viewing below. encourages you to “get your guard up” by making a kit, having a plan, and staying informed. Don't let disaster deliver a knockout blow. Fight back against disaster by visiting to start your emergency preparedness plan today.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Heating Up: Open Garage Door Burglaries

As the weather begins to get warmer and people start leaving their garage doors open for extended periods of time, we are seeing an increase in the number of garage door burglaries in our neighborhoods.

So far during 2012, the Overland Park Police Department has taken 15 reports where items such as alcohol, sporting goods, electronics, purses and wallets were taken from vehicles or areas inside open garages. In the past, thieves have also stolen parked vehicles, although none have been reported yet this year.

When residents leave their garage doors up, it’s an open invitation to burglars. It takes only a matter of minutes for a criminal driving down the street, to stop, enter the garage or house, and take whatever they can carry out.Since open garage doors attract burglars, we suggest you make a habit of closing them when unattended. Never leave the doors open when there are no cars inside because a burglar could assume there’s a good chance no one is home.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Consumer Scams and Frauds: The Secret Shopper Scam

Imagine you’ve recently been laid off or you’re a housewife trying to earn a little extra money to make ends meet, and you come across a listing on the internet for a “secret” or “mystery” shopper. You respond to the ad and are told you could earn extra money by purchasing items at area stores or by dining at certain restaurants. This sounds like a good deal, so you tell them to send you an information packet.

Once the packet arrives, you look inside and find training materials and information about where to begin your assignment. Also inside the envelope are two cashier’s checks totaling around $2000 up to $4000. The amount of the checks was much more than what you were told initially. When you call the company they assure you the checks are legitimate and instruct you to cash them and do your shopping within 48-hours. The other thing they ask you to do is to wire the extra money via Western Union to another “secret shopper” in locations such as the Philippines, Canada, California, Georgia and various other places.

The scam here is that the check is a fake and will eventually bounce; placing your checking account at a loss for the entire amount of the check, plus you’ll be out the money you forwarded to the other shopper. You are eventually responsible for anything you place into your account. This is the reason why scammers pressure you to place it into your bank account and forward the money quickly.

There are certainly numerous legitimate secret shopper companies out there that are reputable. The following information is provided by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on how to go about applying for these jobs.

The FTC encourages you to visit the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) website at to search a database of mystery shopper assignments and learn how to apply for them. The MSPA offers certification programs for a fee, but you don't need "certification" to look – or apply – for assignments in its database.
In the meantime, the FTC says consumers should be skeptical of mystery shopping promoters who advertise for mystery shoppers in a newspaper’s ‘help wanted’ section or by email. While it may appear as if these companies are hiring mystery shoppers, it’s much more likely that they’re pitching unnecessary — and possibly bogus — mystery shopping “services.”

If a company asks you to do any of the following things, consider them red flags:
• Require that you pay for “certification.”
• Guarantee a job as a mystery shopper.
• Charge a fee for access to mystery shopping opportunities.
• Sell directories of companies that employ mystery shoppers.
• Ask you to deposit a check and wire some or all of the money to someone.

If you think you have encountered a mystery shopping scam, file a complaint with your local police jurisdiction, the consumer protection agency, the Better Business Bureau, your state Attorney General, or the FTC.

For more information on this scam, visit the FTC website at:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Top Accident Locations for the First Quarter of 2012

Last week, officers with the Overland Park Police Department conducted one of their monthly accident and driver awareness campaigns in an ongoing effort to keep our roadways safe. The special attention given to various locations throughout the city are in the hopes of reducing motor vehicle collisions through selective enforcement, education and deterrence.

Our Crime Analysis Unit recently published statistics showing the top twenty accident locations for the first quarter of 2012. In this report, the numbers for this year are compared to this time last year. This type of information is critical in our endeavor to reduce the number of accidents in Overland Park.

Looking at just the top ten High Accidents Locations on that list, you’ll see that the Traffic Safety Unit worked six of them this past week (#2, #3, #4, #5, #9, & #10), and wrote a total of 177 citations during a six-hour period.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes have been on a downward trend since 2005. In fact, fatalities have declined about 24 percent from the recent peak of 43,510 fatalities in 2005 to the 32,885 fatalities reported in 2010.

NHTSA also believes that a strong traffic enforcement program will reduce the daily toll of death and injury on our nation's highways and, at the same time, combat crime as well.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs & Recycling Extravaganza

  • On April 28, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Overland Park Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Overland Park Recycling Extravaganza at Black and Veatch campus, 11401 Lamar Ave. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

    Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills. In Overland Park, residents dropped off 342 pounds of prescription drugs.

    This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

    Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Overland Park Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

    In addition to the drug take-back event, the Overland Park 2012 Recycling Extravaganza will also offer opportunities to recycle more materials than ever before.

    You can bring:

  • Confidential documents, which will be destroyed on site by ProShred Security, and you can watch. The suggested donation for this service is $5 for a standard file box and $10 for larger quantities.

  • Cell phones will be collected by Sprint. Your old cell phone has moved from your hip, pocket or purse into a drawer or cabinet and is ready for recycling. Sprint will be on hand to make certain your phone is properly recycled while benefiting great charities such as the Boy Scouts and Girls Club of America.

  • Usable building material will be collected by Heartland Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Donate your new and usable building materials, hardware, fixtures and appliances to ReStore. Your donations may be tax deductible, and will benefit Heartland Habitat for Humanity's building projects.

  • Unused fabric and notions are being accepted for reuse by Fabric Recycles of Overland Park. Fabric Recycles offers an opportunity to recycle unusual lengths and sizes of fabrics and trims as well as notions and machines.

  • Clothing and housewares will be collected by Goodwill Industries. Clothing, housewares, small appliances, furniture, toys and many other items will be accepted.

  • Electronics such as computers, monitors, printers, TVs, VCRs and stereos will be responsibly recycled by Surplus Exchange. While most items will be accepted at no charge, there will be a fee of $10 for monitors, and $10-$25 for TVs.

  • Musical instruments will be accepted by a group from Bishop Ward High School. Collected instruments will be repaired and reused, if possible, or recycled for their parts and materials. No pianos or organs.

  • Hearing aids that are no longer needed will be accepted by the University of Kansas Medical Center Audiology Clinic so they can be reused for others.
    Eyeglasses and sunglasses will be accepted. Bring your old, unused eyewear so that it can be used by others in need.

  • Hardback books including old textbooks and encyclopedias are hard to recycle. They aren't accepted for recycling at the drop off center or at curbside, but we'll have a group at the event that has the technology to remove the binding and recycle the paper.

  • Bicycles will be collected by Revolve. Give your unwanted bike new life and bring a smile to another by donating it. Revolve will repair and reuse whatever is feasible on your old bike and recycle the rest.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Disaster and Preparedness Episode 6: What's Your Next Move?

Episode 6 of the Disaster and Preparedness video series is now available for viewing below.

Preparing for disaster is sort of like a game of chess, but with more serious consequences. You never know what move disaster will make next — and disaster doesn’t always play by the rules. Get your game on by knowing the risks, having a plan and taking personal responsibility for preparedness.

Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. The time to plan for a disaster is now, before it happens.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Results of the Accident Awareness Campaign on April 10th

Listed below are statistics related to the Driver Awareness Campaign conducted by the Overland Park, Kansas Police Department on Tuesday, April 10th, 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.

177 - Traffic Tickets Issued
127 - Vehicles Stopped
3 - Warrant arrests

The next High Visibility Traffic Enforcement date is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012. The primary goals of the monthly enforcement initiatives are to reduce motor vehicle collisions through selective enforcement, education and deterrence.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Help to Identify Theft Suspect

Overland Park Police Detectives are looking for assistance in identifying a suspect in the theft of some welding equipment valued at over $5,000. The theft occurred on March 9th, 2012, at the Travel Clean Car Wash located at 12400 Blue Valley Parkway, at approximately 7:15 P.M.

The suspect is a white male, wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt. He was also wearing a ball cap and had a pair of sunglasses resting on the bill of the cap. He appears to be in his 30`s or 40`s and possibly has a beard or goatee. The suspect vehicle appears to be a black 4 door, Ford F-150, 4 X 4, with a flat hard cover over the bed. Overland Park Police case number is: 2012-005540.

Officers obtained surveillance video and still photos of suspect as he entered the maintenance room and removed the item. At this time, there is no further suspect information. Photos of the suspect are attached, and the video can be downloaded from the Overland Park YouTube site.

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Do You Have What It Takes?

Back in October of 2011, the City Manager’s Office approved filling police officer positions, which had been held open due to budgetary concerns. The vacant positions were a result of retirements or other forms of attrition occurring over the last few years.

To give you an idea of the outstanding job the employees in our Personnel Unit do to screen the numerous applicants, we’ve broken down some numbers which illustrates how difficult it is to be selected as one of the final candidates.

Since October, the department received 415 applications for the position of police officer. Of those 415, only 216 went on to take the written test. Of the applicants who took the test, only 90 earned a qualifying score (76% success rate) to be considered for the polygraph exam. After the completion of the polygraph, the number was again reduced to 36 applicants who then went on to a background investigation. This investigation eliminated 16 people, while the remaining 20 applicants were given panel interviews. When the interviews were completed, 19 moved on to receive a physical exam, drug screen and a psychological evaluation, of which four were dismissed. The remaining 15 were then sent a final offer letter for employment.

Besides being in good physical and mental shape, a potential recruit must have a clean record. Having patience is also a good strength to possess as the process can sometimes take up to a year before the conditional offer is extended.

A lot of people would ask why someone would put themselves through all this for a potentially dangerous occupation with long hours and a median pay range. That answer will be different for a lot of people, but the majority of the respondents will tell you that they want to serve their community.

As the result of the extensive process mentioned above, the Overland Park Police Department currently has 11 new officers enrolled in the Johnson County Regional Police Academy. The remaining 4 newly hired officers have previous law enforcement experience and were assigned directly to the Patrol Division. These officers are just beginning what will, hopefully, be a long and distinguished career at the Overland Park Police Department. While they may just be starting their careers, the journey of becoming a police officer has been going on for a while now.

As we’ve illustrated, it takes a lot of time and patience on everyone involved. Pursuing your dream of becoming a police officer can be a lengthy process, but well worth it at the end.

If you think you have what it takes, visit the Overland Park Police website for more information.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Driver Awareness Campaign

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 Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, special attention will be given to the following locations:

10:30 am to Noon
87th Street & US 69 Hwy/Lenexa Drive
103rd Street and US 69 Highway

12:15 pm to 2:00 pm
College & US 69 Highway
119th Street & US 69 Highway

2:50 pm to 4:30 pm
I-435 & Roe Ave.
I-435 & Nall Ave

4:45 pm to 5:45 pm
I-435 Highway & Metcalf Ave
I-435 Highway & Antioch Rd.

The primary goals of the monthly enforcement initiatives are to reduce accidents and to get drivers and passengers to buckle up. Another benefit of the Accident Reduction Initiative is the prevention of crime by saturating these areas with police officers.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Episode 5, Disaster and Preparedness: Don't Let Disaster Have the Last Word

In our continuing series outlining ways to prepare for emergencies, this week we look at how a disaster can affect communications and offer suggestions to keep you informed.

After a disaster, it’s important to have a plan in place about how to get to a safe place, ways to contact family members, and other situations that can occur.

Once you’ve collected this important information, gather your family members and discuss the information you’ll need to put the plan in place. Be sure to practice your plan at least twice a year and update it accordingly.

Here’s the link to watch the video:

FEMA also has a good template where you can create your own Family Emergency Plan. Click on the link below to start preparing today.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Get Your Motor Running

But before you head out on the highway, you might want to do a little review. For those of you who are thinking of enjoying the freedom of a pocket bike or mini motorcycle or if you are thinking about giving one to your 8-year-old, this blog’s for you.

Let me start by telling you that a “motor vehicle” by definition is any vehicle, other than a motorized bicycle or wheelchair, which is self-propelled, but not operated upon rails. Most of you know, without too much thought, that you must have a license, insurance and registration to operate a motor vehicle.

Having the above definition in mind, I’ll begin this review with “mopeds”. Mopeds, or motorized bicycles, may be propelled by human power or a helper motor. They cannot produce more than 3.5 horsepower and have no larger than a 130 cc motor. It must also have an automatic transmission. These vehicles have a maximum design speed of no more than 30 mph.

By definition, a motorized bicycle is not considered a “motor vehicle”. They are allowed on city streets and while they don’t require vehicle tags, they must have insurance. Many people try to classify a “pocket bike” or “mini motorcycle” as a moped; however, to put it as simply as possible, you don’t pedal a pocket bike, which means it is not classified as a moped.

So how about those pocket bikes? You might think it would be cute to give Little Johnny his own little “toy sport bike” but, believe it or not, a pocket bike is by definition a motor vehicle. Most pocket bikes are 49 cc and run from 4-12 horsepower. If they are more than 5 horsepower, they are a motorcycle, no matter how small. If they are under 5 horsepower, they fall into that motor-driven cycle classification. Pocket bikes and mini dirt bikes, might look like toys, but they are classified the same as the motor scooters or Vespas you see running around town operated by adults.

As for those motor scooters and pocket bikes, you might be surprised to learn that they require a license plate, insurance, and a driver’s license. If they are over 5 hp, they even require a motorcycle endorsement. What’s more is they are subject to the same equipment regulations as any other motor-drive cycle. They must have a head lamp, tail lamp, brake light, horn, muffler, and so on.

The early warm weather has already brought about a few calls regarding kids on pocket bikes. Hopefully this clarifies the laws regarding the operation of these motor vehicles, so we don’t see too much of this on the street …

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Because Of You, I Walk The Line

It’s OK if you tell all your friends, really. Put it out on Twitter, Facebook or as a mass email. We’re fine with that. You can tell everyone you know that tomorrow night the Overland Park Police will be conducting another DUI saturation patrol event.

If you make the decision not to drink and drive because of your own personal beliefs, then wonderful! And, if the potential consequences or risk of being caught is enough to make someone rethink their decision, that works for us too. You see, the real goal is to ensure people don’t drink and drive. The officers who have committed to work the extra time and who will be seen working the enforcement do this to make sure we all get home safely.

So if you are out and about tomorrow and see someone standing on one leg or walking a line and you’re not, know that you made the right choice.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I Said, "No, Thank You"

If you were to search “door-to-door sales” on the internet you would find an unbelievable number of websites and links targeting young adults and creating grand pictures of adventure, travels and wonderful job opportunities. On the other hand, if you were to add one word to that search and make it “door-to-door sales scams”, you would find an entirely different collection of websites. These sites document case after case and story after story of undelivered product or worse, what could be considered a modern day type of indenture servitude.

On 3/28/2012 we received a call for service and made contact with two young adults who described just this type of scene. Officers were dispatched to a local hotel where interviews with involved parties revealed the scam. Police learned this group of individuals would go door to door claiming to be from the neighborhood or area and trying to raise money for travel expenses for a local sports team. To earn money they were selling magazine subscriptions or books, but donations without any purchases were solicited as well. If they were unable to solicit donations or sell any subscriptions, they would promise to wash windows, cut grass, or other household type chores to earn money. The problem is, they aren’t local and they aren’t representing a sports team trying to make it to a tournament. These “sales trainers” will often recruit young adults with the promise of paying their expenses. If the youths decide to leave the group early, there’s no ride home and they can be stranded thousands of miles from home.

Once upon a time the image of a door-to-door sales person might have resembled a business man in a shirt and tie carrying a brief case or bag of samples. Today, more often than not, it’s a young adult trying to “raise money” for a group. Either way, Overland Park Municipal code outlines what a door-to-door solicitor can and can’t do in OPMC 5.64.020. Here are a few of the regulations:

- If you post a “No Solicitors” or “No Trespassers” sign, they can’t attempt to contact you for the purpose of soliciting.

- They can’t attempt contact prior to 10:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. local time, on any day.

- If you ask them to leave the premises, they must do so immediately.

- They can’t make more than one solicitation call to the same premises for any similar goods or contributions within any consecutive fourteen (14) day period.

- If requested, they must provide you with a written receipt for any purchase exceeding $5.00 cash.

- They must truthfully disclose the details of what they are selling or soliciting and they cannot misrepresent the purpose of their call.

If you have contact with someone who you believe is violating the ordinance concerning door-to-door sales, contact police dispatch at 913-895-6300.

Showing a Little Restraint

Her bags are packed and she is ready to go. After a few days in the hospital she is looking forward to being home, even if that excitement is tempered by the anxiety of dealing with a brand new baby. There is just one more hurdle to overcome – the car seat. She stands at the window watching as her husband struggles. First the passenger side, then the driver side. Back and forth - in the car - out of the car - back in the car. Finally, success is apparent as he shuts the doors and heads back inside to retrieve mother and baby.

You get the nursery ready, buy tiny clothes and wash them in special detergent, and probably even buy toys that won’t be used for months, but you wait to get the car seat installed until the ride home. Don’t be this guy.

The Overland Park Police Department would even be happy to help. We offer free child seat education / installation inspections the first Wednesday of every month. This educational opportunity is done by appointment between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm at our Myron E. Scafe Police Building, 8500 Antioch Road and takes about 30 minutes.

Kansas Law requires infants be in rear facing seats. The latest recommendations from the American Pediatric Association suggests rear facing seats until age 2. Once they have outgrown their rear facing seat they can be in a front facing seat. From age 4 to age 8 they are required to be in a booster seat unless they are over 80 lbs or 4’9” or taller. After that, no booster seat is required but, as with all vehicle occupants in the State of Kansas, a seatbelt is required.

Start them out right with this good habit. Buckle them up and be a good example by buckling yourself up too.

For child seat education / installation inspections you can call 913-327-5677, extension 6419 or go to this link

Monday, April 2, 2012

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

For the past few Mondays, I’ve highlighted a series of videos distributed by These informative segments are meant to get you thinking about “what if.” Police officers often go through “what if” scenarios which help keep them mentally prepared for their own type of disasters.

This week’s video from gets us thinking about the “Shelter In Place” concept. There are many kinds of disasters which may require you to leave your home, such as a fire or flood, or may require you to take cover in your home, such as a tornado. The Disaster and Preparedness team reminds us to make an emergency kit, have a plan to stay or go and stay informed.

Below is the link to the Should I Stay or Should I Go? video.
Visit for more.