Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Keep an Eye on Your Ride

Tomorrow’s forecast is supposed to be colder, but the past few days have been warm enough to bring out the motorcycles.  If you find yourself among those that are bringing your motorcycle out of the garage and preparing for the roadway, this warning is for you.

Last summer we saw a trend of motorcycle thefts.  Motorcycles that are left unattended for extended periods or during the overnight hours can be targets for a few strong individuals.  So far this year, we have already had six reported incidents of motorcycles stolen from parking lots.  So far, these have all been in apartment complexes.

If you don’t have a garage to store your motorcycle, do what you can to secure your bike so you aren’t the next victim.  The Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides this list of suggestions on their website:

 Lock your ignition and remove the key. Most bike thefts occur when the ignition is shut off, but not locked.

Lock the forks or disk brakes with locks that have large, brightly colored tags.

If traveling with other riders, lock motorcycles together when not in use.

If riding alone, lock your bike to a secure, stationary object that can’t be easily dismantled, such as a light pole.

Add an audible alarm to your motorcycle.

When traveling and spending the night at a hotel, locate an outdoor security camera and park your bike in the camera’s view. If this is not possible, park your bike close to your room.

Keep an eye on your bike. When parking at a public event, check your motorcycle periodically, especially immediately after leaving your bike to make sure there are no suspicious individuals lurking about.

If parking in a garage, block your bike with automobiles, close the garage door and make sure it is locked.

Don’t store your title in your bike’s storage compartment, tank bag or saddlebag. The safest place for your title is at home or in a bank safety deposit box.

Uniquely mark and then photograph your bike. If thieves take your bike, note its unique markings to law enforcement using the photos you have taken.

Keep your bike registration and insurance identification card on you when you ride.

Be careful about giving out private information such as where you live, work or play.

It sounds like Kansas City is in for one more cold snap, but when you do bring your motorcycle out of hibernation, ride safe and enjoy the warmer weather.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Drug Take-Back Results Hit Record Numbers

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 eight different locations in the Overland Park area. The totals from all eight sites far exceeded anything we’ve done in the past.
This is the 4th drug “Take-Back” event we’ve hosted since October, 2011, and during that time we’ve collected 146 boxes of drugs, weighing in at 3,330 pounds.  Saturday’s total was a record and amounted to 79 boxes, or 1,817 pounds.
Here are the results from this weekend, as well as previous totals.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Traffic Alert: W. 91st Street, from Farley to Hayes Streets

W. 91st Street; Farley to Hayes will be closed on Monday & Tuesday, April 29th & April 30th from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Water One will be relocating some of their lines.

Detour signs will be provided.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Subject Exposing Himself to Children

Overland Park Police have been contacted regarding two incidents within the past week about a person who exposed himself to groups of juveniles.  The first incident occurred in the area of 91st Terrace and Robinson and the second occurred in the area of 85th Street and Grant.

In both incidents juveniles reported that a male approached them on foot and exposed himself before leaving the area. 

Overland Park officers are investigating these incidents.  Officers on all shifts have been alerted to these incidents for additional patrol.

The suspect was described in both incidents as a white male, 20-30 years old, or possibly middle aged, dark or brown hair, about 5’ 6” to 5’10” tall with a slender build.  He was wearing a dark colored or black jacket and jeans.  In one of the incidents the suspect was also described as wearing a black hat.

The Shawnee Mission School District has sent out a notification of these incidents to effected parents in both cases.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Overland Park Police, 913-895-6300.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Reminder: Drug Take-Back Event Planned for April 27th

On April 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Overland Park Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Bring your medications for disposal to one of the following locations:

  • 8500 Antioch Rd – Overland Park Police Department
  • 12400 Foster St – Overland Park Police Department
  • 7000 W 75th St – Price Chopper
  • 11401 Lamar – Recycling Extravaganza (opens at 8am)
  • 7418 W 119th St – Price Chopper
  • 6900 W 135th St – Hen House
  • 11700 W 135th St – Price Chopper
  • 7201 W 151st St – Price Chopper
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills.  Overland Park Police Department assisted in the collection of 342 pounds in 2011 and 1171 pounds in 2012.

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.  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.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Detectives Need Help Identifying a Subject Using a Stolen Credit Card obtained from an Auto Theft

On March 30th, 2013, the victim’s red Ford Ranger was stolen while it was parked in the lot of an area high school.  Inside the vehicle was his wallet which contained his debit card.

The victim's credit card was used the same day at several retail establishments in the Kansas City area. Pictures from one of those transactions are included below.

The person using the credit card is described as a white male, early to mid 20`s, dark hair, wearing all black clothing and a dark hat. He has what appears to be a chain hanging from his pants. He has dark hair, sideburns and what appears to be a goatee.

Anyone with information on this person’s identity is asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Monday, April 22, 2013

When the Golden Years Don’t Glitter

I have a soft spot for those who rely on others for their care.  This means I pay particularly close attention to children, the elderly and animals.  People tend to watch out for children and the general public doesn’t hesitate to call about a dog left outside in extreme weather conditions or when they are left in a hot car, but one group that sometimes is forgotten about it our aging adult population.

Some time ago the officers completed training on how to spots signs of physical abuse, neglect or signs of financial exploitation.  This training was for first responders.  While it was set up for first responders, we do just that-- respond. Without having something to respond to, we may not be able to make these observations.  That’s where the public comes into the picture.

Maybe you have a friend, neighbor or a relative that requires assistance of some type with their care.  If you can’t be there to help with that care yourself, you’ve likely worked or searched to find someone who is able to fill this role.  Even though you may not be able to provide that day-in-day- out care, be vigilant and watch out for your relative, friend or neighbor.

The following lists some of the warnings signs the officers learned about in their training.  They are worthy of posting for you as well.

Signs of Financial Exploitation
Large withdrawals from elder’s bank account
Unpaid bills or lack of medical care even though the elder has enough income to pay for these things
Financial activity not appropriate for elder, such as withdrawals at an ATM by a bedridden elder or a merchant that is not appropriate for an elder
Questionable use of Power of Attorney
Unnecessary goods or services being purchased by the elder

Signs of Neglect
Unusual weight loss, malnutrition or dehydration
Untreated physical problems like bed sores
Unsanitary living conditions
Being left dirty and unbathed
Unsuitable clothing or covering for the weather
Medications being taken in incorrect doses, or not at all

Signs of Physical Abuse
Burns, puncture woods, rope abrasions at wrists or ankles
Broken bones, sprains, or dislocations
Caregiver refuses to allow you to see or visit with elder alone

Being a primary caregiver in these situations can be difficult.  It is important to help these caregivers out when they need a break.  But it is imperative that we, as a society, continue to help those who can’t help themselves, and watch out for their well being.

To report elder abuse you can contact the police department directly or the Kansas Adult Protective Services Hotline (800) 922-5330

Friday, April 19, 2013

Sure Hate to Break Down Here

Stuck on the side of the road or, worse, in a lane of traffic and your car won’t go?  Chances are you’ve either been there or know someone who has.  In that moment, the stranded motorists probably has many emotions.  Helplessness surely tops the list of emotions.  There might be some embarrassment, too, that they are struck and unable to move their car.  They could be afraid of being struck by a passing vehicle, or just afraid of being struck in a strange place.  And there is always the anxiety regarding any type of repair to the vehicle.  Other people might be honking impatiently.  There might even be a child, or children, in the car screaming or crying to add to the stress.  Just when they are on the verge of a break down themselves, there’s a light in the rear window.  It’s the motorist assist unit.

Motorist assist officers provide roadside assistance to stranded motorists.  They are prepared to help change a flat tire, jump start a vehicle, call for a tow truck, provide coolant for an overheating vehicle or maybe even a little gas to get you to the next gas station.  Stranded motorists aren’t the only ones who are thankful for the motorist assist unit;  the police officers are equally grateful.  See, a motorist assist call can last for an extended period of time, and for every call the motorist assist officer handles, that frees up a police officer to handle other calls for service.

The motorist assist officers do so much to help the department.  In addition to helping with stranded motorists, they provide traffic control at accidents scenes and other emergency events. They also help with crossing guard duties and parking enforcement. Every one of them is a jack-of-all-trades and important to the department.

Now, if all this sounds like an interesting way to earn a paycheck, then there’s good news for you.  The police department currently has three openings for the motorist assist unit.  For all the details go to https://recruit.opkansas.org/ and maybe you might be the one coming to the rescue.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Come Share a Cup of Coffee with Police

Due to inclement weather Coffee with COPPS will be rescheduled to May 1, 2013 2:30-4:30. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Overland Park residents will have the opportunity to speak with local police officers over a cup of coffee on Tuesday, April 23rd. Officers from the Overland Park Police Department's Community Oriented Policing Unit will be available from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Scooters, 9455 West 87th Street.

Overland Park Police will be available at the cafe for questions and conversation with members of our community. The program is intended to strengthen the partnership between the Police Department and the community.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Results of the Accident Awareness Campaign on April 16th

Listed below are statistics related to the Driver Awareness Campaign conducted by the Overland Park Police Department on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013. The event was conducted during a (6) hour period at various locations in our city.

The majority of the locations worked yesterday were High Accident Locations (HALS), or areas in which we’ve received a lot of traffic complaints.

137 - Traffic Tickets

2 - Warrant Arrests

1 – Other Arrests

93 - Vehicles Stopped

The next High Visibility Traffic Enforcement date is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013. The primary goals of the monthly enforcement initiatives are to reduce motor vehicle collisions through selective enforcement, education and deterrence.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Driver Awareness Campaign Scheduled Today

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.

Today, April 16th, 2013, special attention will be given to the following locations:

87th Street & US 69 Highway /Lenexa Drive
75th Street and I-35 Highway
College & US 69 Highway
I-435 Highway & Antioch Road
I-435 Highway & Metcalf Avenue
I-435 Highway & Nall Avenue
I-435 Highway & Roe Avenue
135th Street & US 69 Highway

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 15, 2013

Dispatcher Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Winning a lifetime achievement award says a lot, and on Friday April 12th, Overland Park Police Dispatch Supervisor, Anthony Bernal, received just such an award. He was honored by his peers during the Mid-America Regional Council’s (MARC) annual Telecommunicator Appreciation Celebration dinner.  

This year’s celebration brought to light the technological and organizational advances made in the field since the regional 9-1-1 system was launched in 1983 and honored those who have committed their lives to the field of public safety communications.

This year’s star was our own Anthony Bernal. He has been employed by the City of Overland Park in the Police Department since September of 1975.  In his early years, he worked as a Community Service Aide and as a police dispatcher.  He worked undercover assignments with the Investigations Division, assisted with hostage negotiation situations and volunteered for search & rescue missions.  He also played an integral role assisting the Information Technology Division in writing a new and innovative Computer Aided Dispatching program which drew nationwide attention and recognition.

Although his given name is Anthony, he is best known as “Tony.”  He projects a deep and easily recognized voice on the radio, and Tony became well known by his Dispatching peers throughout the Kansas City Metro area.  Almost all of us need to introduce ourselves by our first and last name when we call another agency, but not Tony.  On countless occasions he has placed a call and introduced himself simply as “Tony”.  He rarely, if ever, needs to say his last name.  His voice is unique and immediately recognizable.

Tony has not only been an integral part of the City of Overland Park but has been an active contributing member to Association of Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO).  Tony worked for the Kansas City Chiefs in an off-duty capacity operating the statistical field display computer during home games. 

During his 38-year tenure, Tony has accumulated a long list of complimentary letters and commendations from the public, from supervisory staff of the Police Department and members of the Governing Body.  Even though he has achieved great professional success, the relationships, friendships, and great memories are what he values most.  Everyone recognizes his hearty laugh, ear-to-ear smile, and big heart.

When Tony applied for Dispatch Supervisor in December of 1981, he wrote in his application letter to Chief Myron Scafe, “I would rather be respected as a leader than liked.”  He has conducted himself over the past 38 years in such a manner that Tony has achieved both.  Congratulations, Tony!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Make it “Click”

The Traffic Safety Section and the Community Policing Section will be participating in a Seatbelt Awareness Enforcement Event this morning, April 12th. 

The enforcement teams will monitor areas in and around area elementary schools for seatbelt and other violations which have received repeated complaints in the past.

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.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mr. Perfect Wasn’t So Perfect

Single male looking for his soul mate, tall, dark, and handsome with a great smile.  Special talents include scamming people out of lots of money.  Scams may be presented in a couple of different ways, but one thing that is consistent is the way scammers try to pull at the heartstrings or play on their victims’ emotions.

The dating service scam is one you might not have heard about, and it’s completely worth mentioning.  The victims in this scam are looking for their Mr. (or Miss) Perfect and Mr. (or Miss) Perfect is looking for a fast payday.  Our suspect takes the time to enter a profile onto a dating website.  They are patient, they are kind.  They are willing to wait for the big payout.  They carry on conversations with their victims by email and, after numerous contacts, they start asking for money.  They give a variety of different reasons, medical bills, work expenses, travel expense so their victims can meet Mr. (or Miss) Perfect, you name it, they come up with it.  In the end, our victims end up giving away money and their heart.

The FBI has a section on their website about scams. You can find it at http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams.  Another website that covers internet fraud is http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com/fraud.aspx.  On one page of their site they write, “Education, good judgment, and a healthy dose of skepticism are the best defenses against becoming a victim. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!”  Yup, we totally agree!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

It’s All Fun and Games until Someone Starts Crying

In mid-march a Merriam officer described how he was within moments of pulling the trigger of his gun to defend himself against what he perceived to be a rifle.  On March 25th Overland Park officers responded to a call regarding an armed disturbance.  The caller observed a male get out of one car and approach another vehicle with what they described as a gun.  Both incidents were responded to the same way.  Officers deployed their duty weapons and made contact with the suspects of these calls.  Both incidents also involved juveniles who were playing a game that, while intended to be fun, could have ended very badly.

It is a game, or a variation of a game, that has been around for years.  It usually involves high school kids that do some form of buy-in or pay an entry fee.  Each participant becomes a target of someone else.  The “last one standing,” so to speak, gets the winning purse, or a portion thereof.

The concern, which was voiced very clearly by the Merriam officer and is repeated year after year by school resource officers, is the assumption by the caller that the involved weapon is a real gun.  In both of the referenced cases, an uninvolved, observant and concerned citizen called police for what appeared to an armed disturbance.  Until they can arrive and assess the situation themselves, the officers only know that a witness saw some type of weapon or gun.  Their response is dictated by the serious nature of the call.

It’s intended to be fun, and probably is, but the opportunity for an unnecessary shooting is high with realistic looking toy guns.  The result could be lethal.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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, April 8, 2013

DUI Saturation Patrol Results

The Overland Park Police Department conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday, April 5th, 2013. 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.

1     -     DUI arrests
1     -     Drivers tested for DUI
10   -    Speeding violations 
2     -    Safety Belt violations
1     -     Lane Change violations
1     -     Following to closely violations 
3     -    Driver’s license violations
2     -    No Insurance violations
1     -     Defective equipment violations
24   -   Total vehicles stopped

Friday, April 5, 2013

Community Shred Event Tomorrow

On April 6, 2013, between the hours of 8:00am and 12:00pm, the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers will be conducting their “Community Shred Day”.  Since we are all for protecting yourself against identity theft, we have teamed up with their efforts and will be hosting the event at our station located at 12400 Foster, Overland Park.

Crime Stoppers volunteers will be at the location accepting shred material for a monetary donation to Crime Stoppers. Up to 3 bags or boxes will be accepted.  This will be a great opportunity for you to support the Crime Stoppers cause and help ensure your personal information and documents are destroyed properly thereby reducing your chances of identity theft.

Visit their website for further http://kccrimestoppers.com/localnews.aspx

Thursday, April 4, 2013

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Allow us to paint a picture for you for just a moment.  You have a car for sale.  A buyer comes and purchases the car.  You sign the title to the car and turn over the keys.  Before the car and buyer leave you tell the new buyer, “The tags are paid up through the end of next month.”  You might even be someone who throws in an additional friendly statement of, “And the insurance card is in the glove box.”  Then the car drives away.  This all might seem like a nice thing to do, but allowing someone to use your license plate is a bad idea and here’s why.

First, the ownership of the car is now transferred and that tag is no longer legal to display on the car.  In most cases, if you’ve just purchased the vehicle and you are taking it home until it is tagged or en route to take it directly to get the tags and you have all of the proof of purchase with you, an officer will take that into consideration should you get stopped without a tag.

Second, that buyer has no interest in that tag.  If it is stolen or lost, they probably won’t file a report about it.  They aren’t all that likely to call you about it being stolen or lost either.

Third, if that tag is used in the commission of a crime of some kind, or it is involved in an accident, you can expect a visit from the police.  While you may ultimately be cleared of any wrong doing, the process to get this explained can be a lengthy and costly one.

Fourth, if that buyer is written a ticket while they are driving the car that still shows to be registered in your name and the state learns that the car does not have insurance, you, as the registered owner in the state’s eyes, may have your driver’s license suspended for allowing a vehicle to be operated without insurance.  You may have sold the car and have proof that you sold it, but the state often suspends first and asks questions later.  In the meantime, your license may remain suspended.

And that insurance comment you may have made can be considered an assumption of responsibility if that car and driver are involved in an accident.

It might be surprising to learn that officers on traffic stops and accident scenes hear, “I bought the car from so and so, but I haven’t gotten it tagged in my name yet,” fairly regularly.  Protect yourself, pull your tag. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Big Wheels Turning

With massive road construction projects and the well known Intermodal project in southern Johnson County, it’s fairly clear the metro area is fast becoming a major shipping and receiving hub.  It won’t be long before it will be hard to ignore the increased commercial motor vehicle, or semi-truck, traffic in the area and in Overland Park. We’ve been gearing up so we are prepared to monitor that traffic.

Commercial motor vehicles are closely monitored for a variety of reasons.  They are required to, for example, follow weight limit restrictions, operating restrictions, and maintain properly functioning equipment.  These guidelines might sound restrictive, but they are important.

Roadways are constructed to handle only so much weight.  When traffic moves over the roadway, it actually moves like a wave.  Overweight traffic can cause the roadway to buckle and crack, often creating pot holes.  The end result is costly repairs and motorist delays due to construction.  Malfunctioning equipment, overweight loads, or drivers pushing their own limits can cause dangers such as reduced visibility or increased stopping distances.  Unsecured loads can cause direct damage or secondary collisions as motorist try to avoid road hazards.

Overland Park currently has three certified Commercial Motor Vehicle inspectors assigned to the Traffic Safety Unit.  These officers conduct inspections regularly on commercial motor vehicles that travel through the city.  Yesterday they participated in a cooperative effort in Kansas City, Kansas in which they completed.  The Overland Park officers were responsible for completing 11 of the 45 inspections.  The 11 inspections resulted in 25 citations issued and two vehicles that were determined to be unsafe for continued use until corrections or repairs were made.

It is estimated by the Kansas Department of Transportation that by 2040, traffic in this state will more than double from 25,000 vehicles per day to 64,000.  Overland Park has four major highways that cut through the city.  With the anticipated increase of commercial motor vehicle traffic, we are doing our part to prepare for your safety and theirs.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Taxes Got You Singing the Blues?

It could be worse.  You could go to do your taxes and find out you’ve been a victim of identity theft.  Tax season has some looking forward to the possibility of a refund, but it also has some looking to take advantage of your eagerness to get your refund or your anxiety of having to pay.

Beware of suspicious phone calls, emails, web links or other such forms of communication claiming to be generated by the IRS.  Communication of this type may tell you that you need to respond with personal information to get your refund.  Always check about the validity of the document before just giving out your social security number or bank account information.

And hopefully you won’t be among some of the unfortunate who find someone else has used their social security number to gain employment, meaning that you may now have a different income than what you claimed and might owe more than you anticipated.  Or, even more surprisingly, you might learn that someone else already collected a refund by using your social security number.  Yes, that can and does happen.

The IRS compiled a list of tips regarding these kinds of crimes and the tips are worth reposting:
·  Don’t carry your Social Security card or any document(s) with your SSN on it.
·  Don’t give a business your SSN just because they ask. Give it only when required.
·  Protect your financial information.
·  Check your credit report every 12 months.
·  Secure personal information in your home.
·  Protect your personal computers by using firewalls, anti-spam/virus software, update security patches, and change passwords for Internet accounts.
·  Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail or on the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or you are sure you know with whom you are dealing.

Be alert to possible identity theft if you receive an IRS notice or letter that states any of the following things:
·  More than one tax return for you was filed,
·  You have a balance due, refund offset, or have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return, or
·  IRS records indicate you received wages from an employer unknown to you.

Anyone can become a victim of identity theft.  Do what you can to protect yourself from this type of crime.  Check out  IRS's guide to identity fraud for taxpayers, http://www.irs.gov/uac/Taxpayer-Guide-to-Identity-Theft for further information.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Patience and Cooperation Payoff

Yesterday, while people came together as families and celebrated the holiday, several Johnson County law enforcements agencies came together to work as a team to save a life.  The interchange of 75th Street and Interstate 35 is one covered by multiple jurisdictions.  Part of this interchange falls in Overland Park and part of it falls in Merriam.  So when the call came out that a man was threatening to jump off the bridge at that location, both agencies responded.

Around 6:05 pm yesterday evening officers with Overland Park and Merriam arrived on the scene and found the man standing on the narrow ledge of the bridge.  A chain link fence separated them from the man and prevented them from pulling him to safety.  Lenexa, Shawnee and Kansas Highway Patrol were called in to help divert traffic and deal with this crisis situation.  It took two hours of talking, but one patient Overland Park negotiator got through to the man, got him off the narrow ledge and got him the help he needed.

The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child and, in police work, it sometimes takes a county to save a life.