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

Friday, October 12, 2012

Non-Grant DUI Saturation Patrol Tonight

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department is conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday, October 12th, 2012. It is the police department’s goal to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving within its community.

The DUI Saturation Patrol will begin at 10:00 PM, and the enforcement will not end until 2:00 AM. A team of Traffic Safety Officers will be deployed throughout the city watching for impaired drivers. Drivers who appear to be impaired will be stopped and asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Additional testing may be required after that.

Please don’t drink and drive. If you are out and choose to consume alcohol, call a taxi or have a sober designated driver.

To report an impaired driver in Overland Park, call Police Dispatch at 895-6300 or 911.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Anti-Fraud and Theft Initiative at Oak Park Mall and other retailers

The Overland Park Police Department has begun their Anti-Theft and Fraud initiative for the holiday season. Although enforcement takes place year round, the efforts increase during the holidays as does the number of individuals who are looking to take advantage of businesses and consumers. Since Oak Park Mall is the largest retail complex in Overland Park the detectives concentrate there, but the anti-crime information and programs are available to all businesses throughout Overland Park.

As always, officers will continue to be in the mall for enforcement against all categories of crimes. Since last Friday, October 5th, officers have made 5 arrests on mall property alone.

With the approach of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas holidays, retailers will experience increased criminal activity as the number of shoppers multiplies. Awareness and preparedness will help in the detection and deterrence of crime.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day



October 10, 2012

An early report released by the National Highway and Transportation Administration (NHTSA) estimated there were approximately 32,300 traffic fatalities in 2011. That's about 90 fatalities every single day - one fatality every 16 minutes. Imagine a day with zero traffic deaths where all drivers make a special effort to “Put the Brakes on Fatalities!”

The twelfth annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is designed to encourage the public to reduce driver distractions so they and their loved ones do not become one of those statistics.

The goal is to unite the country in achieving one full day of zero traffic deaths by encouraging safer behavior and actions, promoting safer roadways and vehicles, and creating improved ways to handle medical emergencies and enforcement of traffic regulations. Motor vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of death for all Americans from three to fourteen years old. Whether as a driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist, cyclist or professional, by working together in a concerted effort, we can make a difference by reducing to zero the number of fatalities occurring on our nation's roads.

October was selected for the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day observance because it is among the peak months for traffic fatalities. In fact, October 9th was the most dangerous day of the year to be on the road in 1999: 207 people died in traffic crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). February 22 was the safest day to be on the road that year: 50 were killed in motor vehicle crashes.

Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day promotes:

Safer driving behaviors

A safe driver is an attentive driver. Do not drive when you are tired and do not use your cell phone when driving. If using you cell phone is necessary to handle an emergency call, find a safe place to pull off the road for receiving or making the call. The second behavior is to always wear your seat belt. This should be as normal as closing the door on vehicle that you enter. These two behaviors are supported by information that follows from research reports and other articles.

Breakthrough research by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute on real-world driving behavior released by NHTSA in 2006 indicated that driver inattention was the leading factor in most crashes and near crashes. They noted that nearly 80% of the crashes and 65 % of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Cell phone use and drowsiness were mentioned as two of the distractive driver activities observed.

In 2009 Transportation Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood held a Summit on Distracted Driving. In the press release he noted that new research findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver, and more than half a million were injured. On any given day in 2008, more than 800,000 vehicles were driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.

Other research by NHTSA shows that lap/shoulder seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger vehicle occupants by 45 percent and child safety seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. The estimated national seat belt use rate for 2008 was 83 percent based on the NHTSA’s National Occupant Use Survey. A U.S. DOT study released in May, 2009 estimates that annually 1,652 lives could be saved and 22,372 serious injuries avoided if seat belt use rose to 90 percent in every state.

In a May of 2009 news release Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, “Wearing a seat belt costs nothing and yet it's the single most effective traffic safety devise ever invented. We want to let American People know that by failing to wear your seat belt, you not only risk serious injury or death, you also risk getting a ticket.”

Safer Driving Environments.

Despite the recent down trend in numbers of miles driven released by the Federal Highway Administration in February of 2009, poor road conditions and obsolete designs must be addressed in order to reduce highway deaths. Drivers are encouraged to be especially alert this October 10th for roadway conditions such as narrow roads and bridges, narrow shoulders that end in steep slopes or ditches, and intersections that need improvement (new construction, markings and lighting). Encourage state and local officials to give priority to road maintenance and the of design/construction of roadway improvements, such as adding rumple strips, better lighting and reflective signs, creating passing lane on hills and separate turn lanes at high traffic volume intersections, constructing median barriers and widening lanes.

Safer Vehicles.

Proper vehicle maintenance plays an important role in reducing crashes. Check your tires for proper inflation pressure, tread wear and alignment. Winterize your vehicle if you live in a cold climate. Replace worn windshield wipers. If your vehicle has antilock brakes, operate them correctly by "stomping and steering" rather than pumping them. If you are buying a vehicle, consider safety devices and safety ratings as a top priority. Check out the NHTSA Web site at for vehicle safety ratings.

For more traffic safety tips and information, log on to the Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day Web site at

Read Secretary LaHood’s blog and the other 19 stories on KDOT’s Blogspot website at

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Operation Impact Tomorrow

Overland Park Officers will be patrolling the major highways tomorrow as part of Operation Impact. More than 40 different agencies will be out on the major highways and byways with the goal of making the roadways safer. They will be targeting aggressive driving, seat belt violations and other violations which cause accidents or increase the severity of accidents.

Since the inception of Operation Impact in 1989, more than 40 agencies have taken part in the campaign.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Police Investigate Double Fatality Accident on Saturday

On October 6th, 2012 at around 5:40 am, Overland Park Police investigated a double fatality accident that occurred in the intersection of Nall Ave. and W. 103rd St.

According to a witness, a gray Buick 4-door passenger car was traveling westbound on 103rd and a red Ford F250 4-wheel drive pickup truck was southbound on Nall. The red pickup collided with the passenger car in the intersection before striking a light pole.

The driver of the pickup, identified as 49 year-old Wayne A. Willeford of Prairie Village, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the passenger car, identified as 77 year-old William G. Pennington of Overland Park, was transported to a nearby hospital with critical injuries and was later pronounced deceased.

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

This is the fourth traffic related fatality in the city during 2012. Last year there were a total of five fatalities.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Help to Identify Subject Using Stolen Credit Cards

Detectives need your help to identify a person of interest using a stolen credit at a business in Overland Park. The subject shown below is believed to have used the victim’s credit card on September 28th, to purchase electronic equipment totaling over $1400.

The white male appeared to be in his 30`s, 5’10 to 5’11 tall, with a heavier build. There is also a possibility he may be driving a blue pickup truck.

Surveillance photos from the electronics store depict the male using the victim’s credit card. (See photos below)

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

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Results of the Recent Driver Awareness Campaign

Listed below are statistics related to the Driver Awareness Campaign conducted by the Overland Park, Kansas Police Department on Tuesday, September 25th, 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 – 32

Adult Seatbelt – 18

Safety Belts (14-17) - 14

Safety Belts (8-13) - 1

Insurance Violation – 11

Red Light Violation – 6

No Driver’s License – 3

DL Address Change – 4

Other Violations – 9

Total Stops - 71

Total Citations – 98

The next Driver Awareness Campaign is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012. The primary goals of the monthly enforcement initiatives are to reduce motor vehicle collisions through selective enforcement, education and deterrence.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Today is Child Safety Seat Installation Day

Did you know that seven out of ten child car seats are improperly installed?

On the first Wednesday of every month, the Overland Park Police Department conducts free child car seat safety inspections. These inspections are offered from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and will take approximately thirty minutes to complete.

A certified child passenger safety technician will make sure your seat is properly installed and will teach you how to do it yourself in the future.

To schedule an appointment, you can either go to or call 913-327-5677 ext. 6419.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Drug Take-Back Results from Saturday, September 29th

The Overland Park Police Department is pleased to announce another successful “Take-Back” initiative to collect unwanted or expired medications in the on-going battle against prescription drug abuse.

The latest event was held this past Saturday at four different locations in Overland Park. This is all part of a nationwide effort by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). In April, 276 tons of medication was turned into the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. According to the DEA, more than 774 tons of medication has been collected from all the events.

Here are the results from the four collection sites:

Sanders Justice Center, 12400 Foster
4 boxes, 77 Lbs

Scafe City Office Building, 8500 Antioch 
5 boxes, 103 Lbs

Hen House, 6900 W 135th St
10 boxes, 197 Lbs

Price Chopper, 7000 W 75th St 
5 boxes, 88 Lbs

Total Collected: 24 boxes, 465 pounds

Monday, October 1, 2012

Help to Identify Aggressive Shoplifter

 Overland Park Detectives need your help to identify a person of interest involved in a battery on a retail store employee in the 11200 block of W. 95th Street on September 23rd.

The subject pictured below was observed concealing clothing items in a shopping bag while inside the store. The female left the store and was confronted outside by the employee. The female then punched the employee in the face and told her she had a gun while reaching her hand in her purse. A weapon was never displayed, but the employee feared she did have a gun in her purse so she let her go. The female dropped the bags she was carrying and the items were recovered, as well as several other items stolen from another store.

Anyone who believes they know the identity of the individual below is asked to call the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750 or the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.