Wednesday, June 27, 2012

21st Star Spangled Spectacular and OP's Fireworks Laws

Come join the fun at the Star Spangled Spectacular on July 4, 2012 in Corporate Woods. Once again the City of Overland Park, Corporate Woods and the Overland Park Rotary Club will sponsor this family friendly celebration and fireworks display. There will be food and drink vendors available, plus musical entertainment for everyone in the family. So bring your blanket or chair and join in this safe July 4th celebration.


Activities begin at 4 p.m. with the free fireworks show scheduled to begin about 9:30 p.m. at Founders’ Park in Corporate Woods. The fireworks display has been a tradition for many years and has been enjoyed by thousands.

The fireworks ordinance in Overland Park is simple. The sale, possession or discharge of any fireworks is illegal and includes sparklers, snakes, firecrackers and all other items commonly described as fireworks.

Children and adults also need to know that any person receiving a ticket is subject to a fine ranging from $200 to $500. In 2010-11, Overland Park issued 101 tickets for fireworks violations. So far in 2012, seven tickets have been issued.

Not only can a person be charged criminally for violating this ordinance but there is also the possibility of civil liability for personal or property damages caused by fireworks. With dry weather conditions, the threat of a fire due to fireworks is greater.

"Fireworks are illegal, but more concerning is the higher probability of a fire due to the dry conditions," said Fire Chief Bryan Dehner. "And it has been my experience that there is never a shortage of witnesses in a neighborhood to identify shooters of illegal fireworks and those responsible for the resulting fire.”

Leave the fireworks to the experts and come to the Star Spangled Spectacular to enjoy a safe and fun filled Fourth of July in Overland Park.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

National Night Out is scheduled for August 7th

It's America's Night Out Against Crime!


The "29th Annual National Night Out" (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2012.

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

Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2012.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:

• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;

• Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;

• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and

• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities, towns and neighborhoods 'celebrate' NNO with a variety of events and activities such as:

• block parties,

• cookouts,

• visits from local police and sheriff departments,

• parades, exhibits,

• flashlight walks,

• contests, and

• youth programs.

NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer community.

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

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


Monday, June 25, 2012

Lane Reduction Notice on Quivira Rd. Beginning July 2nd

On Monday, July 2nd, Quivira Road from W. 119th Street to College Blvd. will be reduced to one lane for up to twenty (20) days during road construction.


Traffic on Quivira Road will be unable to access neighborhoods east of Quivira including: 112th Street, 112th Terrace, 115th Street, and 117th Terrace.

Drivers are encouraged to seek alternative routes if possible during this period.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Police Arrest 11 Individuals during Prostitution Sting

The Overland Park Police Department conducted a Vice Sting on Wednesday, June 20th, which resulted in the arrests of five prostituted women, and six men for patronizing a prostitute. There was also one person charged with drug possession.


Sex trafficking, drugs and violent crimes are all connected in one way or another. These sting operations are part of an ongoing effort to keep those crimes out of the city limits of Overland Park.

We will continue to aggressively target those individuals who engage in these activities and send the message that prostitution will not be tolerated in Overland Park.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Need Help to Identify Theft Suspect

Overland Park Police Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a shoplifting suspect. On 5/22/12 a white male entered a liquor store in the 6900 block of W. 75th and removed two bottles of liquor that he had concealed.


The suspect is described as a white male wearing a blue ball cap, blue shorts, and a white t- shirt with an unidentified logo on the front of a figure with spread wings.

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Flashing Yellow Arrow Left-Turn Signal to Assist Traffic

Overland Park, KS - Carl Vanwinkle likes the blinking yellow arrow.


He thinks it may have helped avoid a vehicle accident that caused him serious injuries and changed his life.

Carl was a passenger in a car that was broadsided in March 2009 at the intersection of 127th Street and Antioch.

Overland Park Public Works crews are installing new signals at the intersection at 10 a.m. Wednesday that they hope will improve safety of drivers and passengers that make left turns.

This is Overland Park's first intersection that includes the flashing yellow arrow. Carl Vanwinkle will be there with his mother.

Drivers need to be keenly aware of the changes.

With the addition of a flashing yellow arrow, left turns are permitted and drivers must yield to oncoming traffic. The flashing yellow will change to a steady yellow arrow, alerting drivers to stop or prepare to complete your left turn if they are within the intersection before it turns red.

There are four arrows beginning with steady red, steady yellow, flashing yellow and then steady green.

"We hope that the new signals heighten awareness for drivers turning left," said Brian Shields, traffic engineer. "The signal change should help to reduce crashes."

Flashing yellow arrow left-turn displays have been adopted by the Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation. The system is a new national and state standard for permissive left-turn operation.

Press Release Issued on 6/19/12 by City PIO Sean Reilly

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Consumer Scams and Frauds: “Certified” Junk Mail

This section is normally used to tell you about an ongoing scam or alert. Today, we want to give some helpful information which, hopefully, can keep you from becoming a victim of any of the numerous scams out there.


Detectives in our Investigations Unit want to share some information regarding ways to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive. As they’ve been investigating the various ways people are defrauded out of their money, they’ve noticed people are getting bombarded with a lot of junk mail claiming they’ve won this or that. The junk mail, along with numerous unsolicited phone calls, tends to confuse people, especially the elderly, as to what is a scam or a really good deal. As the old saying goes “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”.

Just like placing your phone number on a national “Do Not Call” registry, you also have the option to control the amount of junk mail you get.

Listed below are two addresses you can write to request that your name be removed from mailing lists.

ADVO, Inc

Customer Assistance

PO box 249

Windsor, Connecticut, 06095


Mail Preference Service

Direct Marketing Association

PO Box 643

Carmel, NY 10512


While this is certainly not a guarantee to stop all junk mail, it will help to reduce the amount. This is good information to pass along if you’re a caregiver to the elderly, who are easy targets for these predators.

Getting rid of excess junk mail is also a good way to conserve energy. A one day’s supply of junk mail contains the energy to heat 250,000 homes. It also takes 100 million trees to produce one year’s worth of junk mail.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Results of the ‘Teen Angel’ Campaign to Curb Underage Drinking in Overland Park

                Over the past three months, members of the Overland Park Police Department have been on the lookout for underage drinking. This special project is called Operation “Teen Angel” and has been a part of the spring break, prom, and graduation season for over a decade.
               During this spring’s operation, Overland Park Police arrested 105 people. Of those arrested, 68 were arrested for possessing or consuming alcohol while underage. Officers made the arrests at private residences, liquor stores, parks, and parking lots while working in plainclothes and driving unmarked cars.
              Officers also investigated the source of alcohol provision to minors. Officers arrested three adults for furnishing alcohol to minors and one adult for unlawfully hosting an underage alcohol party. Additionally, two juveniles were arrested for furnishing alcohol to other minors and two juveniles were arrested for unlawfully hosting an underage alcohol party.
              Officers will continue to be on the lookout for underage drinking all year long. Our effort to curb underage drinking does not stop when our Operation Teen Angel project ends.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Results of the Accident Awareness Campaign on June 14th

Listed below are statistics related to the Driver Awareness Campaign conducted by the Overland Park, Kansas Police Department on Thursday, June 14th, 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.


73 - Traffic Tickets Issued

62 - Vehicles Stopped

2 - Warrant arrests

The next High Visibility Traffic Enforcement date is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012. The primary goals of the monthly enforcement initiatives are to reduce motor vehicle collisions through selective enforcement, education and deterrence.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Accident Awareness Campaign Today

Today, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Overland Park Police Department will conduct its monthly Accident Reduction Initiative. Officers from the department's Traffic Safety Unit and TAC Section will participate in the event.

Officers will be deployed in high accident locations citing drivers for violations that often result in accidents. These violations include running red lights, following too closely, unsafe lane changes and aggressive driving. Officers will also be citing drivers and passengers who are observed not wearing their seat belts.

As of 5/31/12 the top twenty high accident locations in Overland Park are:



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Police Explorers Participate in Explorer Challenge

On Saturday, June 9th, the Overland Park Police Department participated in the Explorer Challenge. The training was hosted by the OPPD and held at the Fire Training Center (12401 Hemlock) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.


There was a total of 19 Explorers who participated in this year’s event from the Overland Park Police Department, the Olathe Police Department and the Spring Hill Police Department.

Explorer advisors critiqued the explorers as they investigated various scenario-based training exercises. Students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School served again this year as role players for each scenario.

The scenarios this year were:

• Unknown domestic disturbance

• Criminal damage to property call involving gang graffiti

• Non-injury accident

• Auto theft recovery

• Traffic stop

• Robbery call

• Mental subject call

• Building search

New to this year’s event was a target shooting scenario with simunition guns, where the winner was given the “Top Gun Award”. The award was determined after two Explorers shot a perfect score and had a "shoot out".

At the end of the day the explorers with the best scores from each department received awards for their outstanding performances.

The challenge gave the explorers the opportunity to participate in real-life scenarios and to gain firsthand experience on the daily activities of law enforcement.

The following are the qualifications to become an Explorer:

1. Must be an 8th grade graduate between 14-20 years of age

2. Have and maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher

3. Have no misdemeanor convictions (including alcohol) in the last year

4. Have no felony convictions

5. Have a current and valid driver's license

6. Cannot be on diversion or probation.

Those who are interested in becoming an Explorer will be required to complete an application and pay a minimal fee. Overland Park residency is not required to participate. In addition, the Explorer program meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If you have questions or know someone who is interested in becoming an Explorer, please contact Sgt. Melanie L. Pierce at 913-535-3041.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Results of DUI Saturation – June 8th, 2012

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday, June 8, 2012. The DUI Saturation Patrol was conducted with the intent to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving.


The DUI Saturation Patrol was enforced between 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM.

Please review the statistical results:

2 - DUI arrests

4 - Drivers tested for DUI

1 - Speeding

3 - Hazardous Moving violations

5 - Other tickets issued

1 - Lane Change violations

16 - Total vehicles stopped

According to the National Highway Transportation Administration:

Communities throughout America support increased criminal justice efforts to stop this illegal and life threatening offense. Studies show that the majority of Americans consider impaired driving one of our nation’s most important social issues, ahead of healthcare, poverty/hunger, racism and education. Nearly 97 percent of Americans view impaired driving as a major threat to the community. As a result, the majority of Americans support increased use of enforcement efforts, such as saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints, to protect innocent victims. And, two-thirds of Americans strongly endorse the use of stricter and more severe penalties against impaired drivers, to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Reduction in Accidents through May of 2012

The Overland Park Police Department has made a proactive effort to reduce the number of accidents on our roadways through various high-visibility enforcement campaigns.


The results through the first five months of 2012 have been encouraging so far, and we hope that trend will continue. As you can see from the chart below, total accident reports have gone down 4.15% compared to this time last year. Non-injury accidents have decreased by 6.73%. The numbers of injury accidents have increased overall, but we’re determined to see those numbers go down during the next few months.


Although we’ve dedicated extra resources to support these enforcement efforts, we’ve actually written about ten percent fewer traffic citations compared to the same time frame last year.

The goal of our enforcement activity is to save lives by keeping the roadways safe for all those who travel upon them. These high-visibility campaigns will continue to occur on a frequent basis.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Officers on Bicycle Patrol Again

During the course of the last two days, members of our Community Policing Unit have been engaging in bicycle recertification as part of our on-going initiative to reduce crime and strengthen community interaction.

Officers will begin patrolling next week focusing on areas such as high crime neighborhoods, as well as city parks and trails. An officer on a bike has several advantages over a patrol officer in many environments. Having officers on bicycles also allows them to be more approachable than in a car and can help in building new contacts.

The effectiveness of our summer bike patrol has made it a popular addition to our department and community.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

They’re at it Again – This Time with a New Twist

Dealing with copper thieves has been a long and costly ordeal for both victims and the agencies trying stop these thefts from occurring. The theft of this metal has increased mainly because the price of copper has soared. According to the US Department of Energy, copper thefts are costing more than a billion dollars a year in losses.


Copper thieves usually target buildings or businesses that are in remote areas such as construction sites, communications towers, electrical sub-stations and vacant buildings. Often times the damage resulting from ripping pipes and wires from the walls far exceeds the actual cost of the stolen copper.

Recently, copper thieves in Overland Park have started targeting their victims in a different way. During the last three weeks we’ve taken a total of eight reports where air conditioning units have been stolen from vacant houses listed for sale.

All of these thefts occurred during the overnight hours. During one of them, neighbors in the area reported seeing a U-Haul truck backed into the driveway of the vacant home. The neighbor stepped outside to get a closer look. The thieves saw him and quickly jumped in the truck and drove away.

The Overland Park Police Department is asking for the public’s help in apprehending these suspects by keeping a watchful eye out on any vacant homes for sale in their neighborhoods. Typically thieves will use some type of larger-sized vehicle in order to haul the air conditioners away, such as a U-Haul, pickup truck or van.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

DUI Saturation Patrol

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department is conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday, June 8, 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.

The Traffic Safety Unit will hold a briefing at the Myron Scafe Building, 8500 Antioch, Overland Park, KS, prior to initiating the enforcement.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Results of 2012 Click It or Ticket Campaign

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department conducted a Memorial Day – Click it or Ticket - S.T.E.P. Campaign from May 21, 2012 through June 3, 2012. The campaign was conducted with the principle focus on adult, teen, and child seat restraint violations. Officers also looked for speeding violations, bicyclist violations, pedestrian violations, and DUI violations to help reduce alcohol related auto accidents.


Please review the statistical results below.

Monday, June 4, 2012

DUI Check Lane Results – June 1st, 2012

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department and several Kansas police agencies, conducted a DUI Check Lane on Friday, June 1st, 2012. The DUI Check Lane was conducted with the intent to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving.


Please review the statistical results:

305 - Vehicles entered the Check Lane

29 - Drivers tested for DUI

8 - Drivers arrested for DUI

1 - Drug arrest

1 - Minor in Possession (Alcohol)

2 - Transporting Open Container (Alcohol)

3 - Other arrests

Friday, June 1, 2012

Traffic Alert

SOUTHBOUND QUIVIRA ROAD FROM 97TH TO 105TH STREETS REDUCED TO ONE LANE.


Southbound Quivira Road, 99th to 105th streets, will be reduced to one lane starting Friday, June 1 through Friday, June 15, 2012 for construction.

Also, west of Quivira for approximately 100 feet, the following streets will be closed:

• West 99th Street

• West 99th Terrace

• West 100th Street

• West 100th Terrace

• West 101st Street

• West 105th Street

Please contact Alan Daniels, city of Overland Park, Kansas at 913-233-9432 or alan.daniels@opkansas.org.

This information can also be viewed at: http://apps.opkansas.org/Resident-Resources/Road-Closures/