Friday, May 31, 2013

You Can’t Reason With Mother Nature

The overnight rain caused havoc here and there around the metro area.  In Overland Park officers were busy answering their normal calls for service, but Mother Nature proved to be as formidable opponent as any bad guy on the street.

The officers were kept busiest between the hours of 5 am and 7 am.  They responded to 44 motorist assist calls for drivers who made the mistake of driving into water covered roadways, 5 accident calls, 2 fire calls and 2 calls for flooded basements.  As with any call for help, the officers rolled up their sleeves, or maybe pant legs, and dove right in.

They were definitely busy, but you could help them out:

  • During times of heavy rain and reduced visibility, slow down and increase your following distance.  This will help you reduce your chance of being involved in an accident.
 
  • If the roadway is covered in water, don’t drive through it.  It only takes 6 inches of moving water to move a car.

  • The rushing water might look like fun, but it is not the time to go white water rafting.

With more rain forecasted this afternoon you can bet those officers who did have to spend hours in the rain are hoping their boots will be dry before their next shift starts.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Operator Please Connect Me

The home phone rings.  You answer.  The caller says they’ve got the wrong number, but they need you help.  They give you an explanation that they are in jail on a minor offense and were trying to use their one phone call to reach family, but they accidentally misdialed and got you.  “Please,” they beg, “Don’t hang up, just transfer this call to my family.”  They tell you simply dial *72 and the “right” phone number.  That’s easy enough, right?  No harm and you’ve done a good deed for the day, right?  Wrong.

You’ve just helped another scammer.  The *72 code forwards all incoming calls after this one to another number.  Now that caller you helped can make collect calls on your phone line, as many and as long as they want and you won’t know about it until after you get your next phone bill.  Here’s a scenario that’s even worse, they some how got your bank or credit card information and have now made it so the banks calls of concern to you, go to them instead and they just approve away.

Her are a few tips from the Better Business Bureau that were worthy of sharing:

  • Place a collect call block on your account. If you don't need to make or accept collect calls, telephone service providers often allow you to block them for free.
  • If you receive unwanted calls from a nearby correctional facility, contact them directly and request that your number be blocked.
  • Read your telephone bills carefully. Watch for any unusual charges.
  • Pay attention to your phone's ringing. If your phone frequently rings only once or is not ringing at all, this could be an indication that your line has been forwarded.
  • If you believe your phone is being forwarded, dial *73 or #73 to deactivate the feature.
This is just another example of scams that are out there.  Make sure you share this with your loved ones, especially those who are kind of heart.  It’s not being cynical; it just making sure you’re one step ahead of the bad guys.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Tow Scam


It seems like there’s always someone who needs a hand, but be wary of the man going around asking for a few dollars for a tow.  Officers in Overland Park have recently taken two reports about just such a request.  Like other alerts we tell you about, this one is also a scam.

On May 17th police responded to a call of suspicious activity in the 8100 block of 98th Street. On May 28th they responded to a similar call in the 7600 block of Mackey Street.  In both cases, residents said they were contacted by a male who claimed his wife was just involved in a car accident nearby and their vehicle was damaged to the point it required a tow.  His story was that the tow truck arrived, but the driver required immediate payment to remove the vehicle.  In one case, the kind and helpful resident gave the man $40 and, in the other case, the resident gave the man $100.  In both cases the male claimed he would be back shortly with the money to repay them. Not too surprisingly, he never returned.

Both reporting parties described the suspect as a heavy set white male about 40-50 years old.  In one case, he was said to have sandy-colored short, curly hair.  Unfortunately he won’t be wearing a shirt that says, “I’m a scammer here to take your money,” so it’s up to us to spread the word so others won’t be victimized by him.

On a side note, most of the tow companies that operate in this area won’t require immediate payment if the vehicle is to be towed to their lot or if the vehicle is to be towed to a body shop that is open during normal business hours.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Not How She Expected to Start Her Day

This morning the employee of a local business arrived at work prepared to start her day, but instead of spending the day helping shoppers, she was stuck following the demands of a robber.

Around 8:30 a.m. the employee started her day unaware a suspect had forced entry into the business by prying a door open.  As she made her way through the store, the suspect confronted her, grabbed a knife from a display and demanded money from the safe.  The store employee complied with the demand and the suspect left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.  The store employee was not injured during the crime. 

The suspect was described as an unknown race male, about 5’6” to 5’7” tall.  He wore a mask, gloves, black shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.

 

Friday, May 24, 2013

May 25th is the 30th Annual National Missing Children’s Day

President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day in 1983. May 25th is significant because it marks the anniversary of when 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York street corner on his way to school in 1979.

That case was brought to a sad conclusion last year on May 24th when Pedro Hernandez, 51, told investigators he lured the little boy into a shop with the promise of a soda. He then led him to the basement where he choked him and put his body in a bag with some trash.

Sadly, cases like Etan’s continue to occur around the country. The main purpose of National Missing Children's Day is to encourage everyone to think about children who remain missing and to spread a message of hope.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are more than 1,000 families who have children whove been missing for more than five years. 

Keeping kids safe is our number one priority here at the Overland Park Police Department and we encourage parents to take every step possible to safeguard their children.

There are many ways to keep kids safe. Here are a few tips from McGruff the Crime Dog®:

At home:

Stay in touch. Call children throughout the day to ask how they are and what they are doing. Ask children to check in before they leave the house and to call again when they return.

Keep kids connected. Post important numbers by the telephone, including parents’ work and cell phone numbers, the doctor's office number, and the number of a neighbor or nearby relative who can help children quickly if they need it.

Practice what to do in an emergency. Teach children how to dial 911 or "0" and when to do it. Ask questions like, "If someone is trying to get in the house, what should you do?" "If you get hurt, what should you do?" and, "If you want to play at a friend's house, what should you do?"

Set firm rules. Make clear what children are allowed to do and what they aren't allowed to do. Can they use the Internet when home alone? Can they invite a friend over? Can they invite several friends over?

In the neighborhood:

Know where your children are. Have your children tell you or ask permission before leaving the house and give them a time to check in or be home. When possible, have them leave a phone number of where they will be.

Help children learn important phone numbers. Have your children practice reciting their home phone number and address, and your work and cell phone numbers. If they have trouble memorizing them, write them down on a card and have them carry it at all times. Tell your children where you will be and the best way to reach you.

Set limits on where your children can go in your neighborhood. Do you want them crossing busy streets? Playing in alleys or abandoned buildings? Are there certain homes in your neighborhood that you don't want your children to go?

Get to know your children's friends. Meet the parents of your children’s friends before letting your children go to their friend’s home, and keep a list of their parentshome phone numbers. If you can't meet their parents, call and talk to them. Ask what your children might do at their house and whether they will be supervised.

Choose a safe house in your neighborhood. Pick a neighbor's house where your children can go if they need help. Point out other places they can go for help like stores, libraries, and police stations.

Teach children to settle arguments with words, not fists. Role-play talking out problems, walking away from fist fights, and what to do when confronted with bullies. Remind them that taunting and teasing can hurt friends and make enemies.

Work together with your neighbors. Watch out for suspicious and unusual behavior in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and their children so you can look out for one another.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Unclaimed Property

Do you remember the story of the 300-lb gorilla?  How could we forget, right?  Eventually the gorilla did find his way home, but his story had some people asking, “What happens if no one claims the gorilla?”  Our answer: the same thing that happens to almost all unclaimed property-- it would have gone up for auction.

With a very few exceptions, property that is unclaimed in Overland Park is currently put up for auction through an auction site www.propertyroom.com.  Now this can’t just happen overnight.  There are several steps that must be taken before items can go up for auction. 

We must first insure the property is not necessary for any type of investigation.  In other words, a case must be completely and totally resolved before we can take any further action.  Then we must give the owner, if identified, written notification and ample opportunity to reclaim their property.  If still unclaimed, items are then sent to auction.

Some of the exceptions to this include guns, drugs, and alcoholic beverages.  Drugs and alcohol are destroyed.  Guns are currently retained as reference and comparison items for the Johnson County Crime Lab.

This process applies to unclaimed property.  As for forfeiture items or surplus city equipment, they are handled differently and that is a blog for another day.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Have a Houdini in Your Home?

Have you ever thought about the difficulty in preventing kids from wandering out?  We’re referring to cases such as the 3 year old boy from Lenexa who went for a midnight walk a few months ago.  Unfortunately, those cases happen from time to time and in an attempt to keep them from happening too often, or having a very bad ending, we wanted to get you thinking about how to avoid being involved in such a call.

For the most part, there are two different ways of looking at a solution.  One is to keep the child from getting out in the first place.  For those who find this to be an option, there are a lot of different types of security products meant for just this purpose.  Everything from a basic hook and eye set up or security chain, to door knob covers or lock covers.  Most are fairly inexpensive and require little to no effort to install, but an observant and persistant child may trump this type of device anyway.

Another option is an alarm or warning device on doors.  If your home is already equiped with an alarm system, whether monitored or not, there is likely a function that will allow you to set a “chime” alert to let you know if the door is opened.  If you do not have an alarm system, a battery operated door/window alarm is also an option.  These are usually inexpensive, easy to install and easy to use.  We found some priced online as low as $11.99 for a two pack.  Don’t want to use an alarm?  How about some bells hung by the door?

Weigh out the options available to you.  One hazard you may have to consider regarding child proofing a door, or preventing a child from opening it, is what to do in the event of a fire.  When it comes to fire topics you should always consider fire safty.  The fire department agrees, your solution must be a decision that works for your family and whatever is best suited for your household.  The fire department has a goal of getting people out, the police department is usually working under the mindset of keeping people from getting in, but everyone wants the children to be safe, so the solution must work for you.

Hopefully this gives you an idea or two to consider for your toddler.  And, in a few years, you can do it all again when they are teenagers.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Honor Guard

The police department has several specialized units.  Each is very important in its own right and made up of highly trained officers.  While they are all to be respected for the technical skills required for the jobs they do, none is quite as prestigious as the Honor Guard.

The Honor Guard has two sergeants and a 12-member team made up of officers and detectives throughout the department.  They are tasked with presenting the colors (flags) at events such as parades and opening ceremonies of various kinds.  They are also present at funeral services and stand watch on casket guards and graveside services.

To prepare for such events, the Honor Guard members practice marching, rifle drill, posting of the colors and flag folding and presentation.  In addition to the special events and practice required, the members of this team must handle all of their normal duties within the department.

The Honor Guard lives up to its name.  They are recognized as one of the most distinguished units within the department and display a dedication of excellence to the profession. Their precision of movement and impeccable uniforms are truly impressive.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” Campaign

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department will be conducting a Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” S.T.E.P. Campaign from May 20th, 2013 through June 2nd, 2013. This task is being conducted with the principle focus on Child Seat Restraints and Seat belt enforcement. Officers will aggressively enforce Kansas occupant restraints and other traffic laws as part of the 2013 Kansas Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement Campaign. This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).
 
Drivers on the roadways of Overland Park can expect strict enforcement of the Safety Belt Use and Child Passenger Safety Acts.

Briefly, these acts require that all persons in a motor vehicle manufactured or assembled after January 1, 1968 or assembled prior to 1968 which was manufactured with safety belts carrying 10 passengers or fewer, including vans, must be buckled in. In the event that a passenger under the age of 14 is unrestrained the driver will be cited. Where a driver or passenger aged 14 through 17, is seen to be unrestrained, that person will be cited.

Children under the age of four must be secured in an approved child safety seat; children ages four through seven who are under 80 pounds and under 4’9” tall must be securely belted into an approved booster seat; and children ages eight through 13 must be secured in a safety belt.

Officers working this campaign will also be strictly enforcing speeding and DUI violations. During last year’s campaign, officers stopped a total of 860 vehicles, of which, 833 citations were issued for some type of seat belt or child seat restraint violation.

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.

The chart below is a comparison of the results for the last two years.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Inquiring Minds, Even Young Ones, Want to Know

The little ones always ask the most candid questions.  One can really never know in advance what they will say or what they are wondering until the moment they open their mouths.  That is probably one of the main reasons police station tours can be so entertaining for the officers who have the privilege of conducting them.

Monday through Thursday each week from 4 pm to 5 pm, the police department opens its doors, by appointment only, for youth groups of all kinds--scouts, church groups, and school groups alike--so these young minds can get a glimpse of what a police station looks like.  They visit areas such as the municipal courts, equipment rooms, report writing areas, and everybody’s favorite, the booking area.  Children often comment about how surprised they are that the holding cells are so sparse with no bed, no table, no lamp, and a toilet out in the open!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Some Things Can't Be Changed

On Jan. 24, 1985, the interchange of I-35 and 75th Street looked very different than it does today. While the interchange has been redone and I-35 widened, what happened that night can’t be changed.

That night and the story of Officer Deanna Rose affected the way officers responded to calls and forever altered the way we would do business.

In 1983, Officer Rose became one of seven female officers in the Overland Park Police Department.  The department had about 100 officers at the time.

At 1:42 am on the night of Jan. 24, 1985 Officer Rose stopped a vehicle going northbound on I-35, just south of 75th Street.  She began a DUI investigation on the 19-year-old driver. A struggle began as she attempted to arrest the driver, who already had one DUI charge pending.  The suspect knocked Officer Rose to the ground and as he was driving away, ran over her.  Officer Rose died from her injuries two days later.  She was the first female officer in Kansas to be killed in the line of duty, and the first and only Overland Park officer killed in the line of duty.

The man who killed Officer Rose pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter on April 17, 1985.  He served six years before he was released on parole. In 1996, he attempted unsuccessfully to have his record and the charge of voluntary manslaughter expunged.

There are now 248 sworn officers in the Overland Park Police Department; 23 of those officers were working in 1985.

Some have clear memories of Officer Rose, that cold winter night of Jan. 24, and her memorial service a few days later.  Many remember who spoke at the service and what was said.  One recalled several officers standing at attention through the entire service because there were no seats available.  Another remembered not being able to attend the funeral of someone he respected because he was working undercover at the time. Not exactly a challenge you might think of if you had to make plans to attend a memorial service of a friend.

Even after her death Officer Rose continued to help those in need.  As an organ donor she helped several other people.  The recipient of her heart was a 49-year-old father of three daughters.

Many are familiar with the name Deanna Rose.  Hundreds of thousands of visitors each year walk through the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead.  The Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, originally named “The Children’s Farmstead” was renamed in 1985 in honor of Officer Rose, who loved animals and was considered an accomplished equestrian.

Today is National Peace Officers Memorial Day.  A day set apart from others to give recognition to law enforcement officers who lost their lives while doing their job - protecting others and upholding the laws. 

Today we remember those officers and for those of us in Overland Park, we especially remember Officer Deanna Rose.

Officer Rose's Memorial, Jan. 28, 1985


Officer Rose's huband, David Rose

Archived photos courtesy of Olathe Daily News and Kansas City Star

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Katy Bar The Door – Or At Least Close It

There were 57 in 2010, 68 in 2011, 70 in 2012, and 6 already this year.  What are we talking about?  Only one of easiest crimes to prevent.  Open garage door burglaries.

People have different reasons for leaving the garage doors open.  They like the convenience of being able to quickly access lawn care items or want to allow children to get their bikes and toys.  However, that convenience for you is equally convenient for others.  It only takes a moment for an uninvited individual to step into your garage and have access to anything inside of it.  Think of all the things in your garage, or in your unlocked car in your garage, that can be easily picked up and gone while you are in the backyard.

We typically see an increase of open garage door burglary reports with the warmer months.  Some of these are reports about incidents that happen during the day time hours, but a larger number of these types of calls occur during the overnight hours when someone forgot to close the door before going to bed.  These overnight crimes happen while victims are usually fast asleep and without a clue that someone is rummaging through their garage.

Officers who see open garage doors, especially those seen overnight, regularly attempt to make contact with residents about the open doors.  To avoid your own late night wake up call, remember to close those doors.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Results of May 10th DUI Check Lane

The Overland Park Police Department and several Kansas police agencies conducted a DUI Check Lane on Friday, May 10th, 2013. The DUI Check Lane was conducted with the intent to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving.


Please review the statistical results:

433 - Vehicles entered the Check Lane

29 - Drivers tested for DUI

3 - Drivers arrested for DUI

2 - Transporting Open Container (Alcohol)

1 – Narcotics Arrest

2 – Refusal of Preliminary Breath Test (PBT)

1 – No Driver’s License

Friday, May 10, 2013

On The List

When your name appears on a list, it can either be a good thing or, unfortunately, sometimes a bad thing. Recently, the City of Overland Park has seen its name atop a few lists of its own. These lists however, are something cities our size around the country would love to make.

Yesterday, it was brought to our attention that Overland Park was ranked #3 by Movoto.com as one of the Top 11 Cities for Raising a Family. The article mentioned The second biggest city in Kansas, it’s pretty inexpensive ($215K median home prices) to live here. The schools are better than good, there’s no crime, and parents have a place to work at Sprint/Nextel headquarters, just a stone’s throw from Kansas City.”

Movoto.com is a real estate brokerage company specializing in providing prospective clients with the scoop on nearby school districts, neighborhood demographics, crime rates and market trends.

Back in 2012, CNN Money Magazine rated Overland Park ninth as one of the Top Ten Places to Live. In ranking the top 100 cities, CNN Money Magazine said Overland Park had no lack of town spirit; residents rave about friendly neighborhoods; people flock to the biweekly Downtown Overland Park Farmers' Market, known as one of the best in the area; enjoy the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens; Overland Park Soccer Complex and Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. Overland Park is one of three cities in the nation to be consistently named in the Top 10 since 2006.

25 Top Suburbs for Retirement - Overland Park was recognized by Forbes Magazine in its ranking of cities for various categories. Forbes noted that Overland Park with its population of approximately 175,000 residents, has four hospitals, colleges, low crime rates, average home prices in the mid-$200,000 and a cost of living at a "whopping 12 percent below the national average."

Some of the common amenities mentioned by these sources are the city’s superior schools and low crime rates. This is a testament to the hard work provided each day by the city’s roughly 950 full and part-time employees and volunteers, as well as the residents who choose to live here and make Overland Park one of the nation’s best places to call “home”.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

All Things Noisy and Loud – Part 2

Barking dogs, loud parties, and construction are all things we see more of during the warmer months of the year.  And the more we see of them, the less patience we have for them.  We covered all things noisy and loud in regards to motor vehicles.  This time we’re going over a few of the other noise complaints we commonly receive.

The barking dog that just goes on and on and on is something you might have endured yourself at some point.  They are one of our most common types of noise complaints.  There is an understanding that dogs bark, but allowing a dog to be unreasonably loud or disturbing to the point that it disrupts the peace and quiet of a reasonable person in the neighborhood, well, that’s where we start to take notice. 

Now, there is a bit more to it than just being loud and disturbing.  Keeping in mind dogs will be dogs, a formal complaint has to involve an ongoing barking issue.  A dog that barks for a few minutes and then is stopped by the owner doesn’t qualify.  The ordinance specifically says the animal barks, howls or emits audible sounds, without provocation from the complainant, with intensity and duration.  What’s duration?  The Animal Control Officers advise they use a thirty-minute time frame as a measure.

Are you now asking yourself, “How long do I have to listen to construction, the neighbor’s yard work, or even their automotive repair before I can call?”  Don’t worry, we’re about to answer that question.  Generally speaking, these types of noise complaints become an issue between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am.  So if you decide to rebuild your deck, mow your lawn or tune your hot rod in the middle of the night, don’t be too surprised to see us stopping by for a visit.

This finally brings us to the loud party call.  Unless you’ve invited all your neighbors and there’s no one left to be upset, parties that can be heard across any property boundary line and include operating, playing, or permitting any sound amplification or producing device to go on between the hours of 12:00 am (midnight) and 6:00 am are likely going to be called in to the police department.  We don’t like being the spoiler of a good time, but unfortunately sometimes we do have to offer a reminder that not everyone was invited to the party.

There are a few other less common types of noise complaints. Some have to do with trash collection in the early morning hours and others have to do with motor homes or semi trucks with sleepers running their air conditioning units in the middle of the night.   These are subject to the 10:00 pm to 7:00 am time frame and “across property boundary lines” we addressed with construction, yard work and automotive repairs.

That just leaves us with one question to ask at the end of all this… heard enough yet?  Well then, call us if you need to.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

DUI Check Lane Scheduled This Friday


On Friday, May 10th, 2013, the Overland Park Police Department will conduct its first DUI Check Lane of the year. This will be one of several held this year and is a cooperative effort done with the assistance of several county agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol.  The Overland Park Police Traffic Safety Unit will hold a briefing at the Myron E. Scafe Building, 8500 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS, prior to beginning enforcement.

The departments DUI Check Lanes are conducted as part of an ongoing effort to reduce alcohol related traffic crashes and public education.  All drivers entering the Check Lane will be briefly interviewed by an officer. Drivers who appear to be impaired by alcohol and/or drugs will be asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests and take a Preliminary Breath Test.

Drivers who fail these tests may be asked to submit to further testing of breath, blood or urine. Drivers who are determined to be impaired may be charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs.

As always, drivers are encouraged to find a sober ride home if they choose to go out and drink.  This is one more reminder that we take the task of DUI reduction seriously.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Detectives Need Your Help to Identify Persons of Interest

On April 23rd, 2013, Overland Park police responded to a reported auto burglary that occurred in the 12000 block of Lamar.  The victim reported her purse and its contents were stolen.  The victim's credit cards were then used at several places in the metro area.  The total loss in this case is around $1,000.
Detectives on the case are asking for help identifying three persons of interest in this investigation.  Please see the photos below.
Anyone with information on the identity of these three individuals, or their whereabouts, is asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8750 or contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.


 

Monday, May 6, 2013

18 Arrested During 2-Day Prostitution Sting

The Overland Park Police Department’s Vice Unit is continuing to combat all forms of prostitution within the city.

This past week, they conducted a two day sting operation which resulted in the arrests of 12 people for prostitution, four individuals for patronizing a prostitute, and two were charged with promoting prostitution.

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.

Friday, May 3, 2013

All Things Noisy and Loud – Part 1

Yes, it’s even colder today than it was yesterday but, just wait, it will warm up again soon.  And with the warmer weather, people will likely be leaving their windows open to enjoy some fresh air.  This usually brings an increase in noise complaints of various types.  Today we thought it would be a good opportunity to cover the noise complaints related to motor vehicles.

When it comes to all things noisy and loud in the motor vehicle category, there are four main types of complaints: the loud stereo, the non-working muffler system, the lead- footed speed racer who revs the engine, and the semi-truck driver who use “Jake-Brake” or compression released engine braking system.  Each of these has an Overland Park ordinance that regulates the noise they cause.

The loud stereo ordinance references “sound amplification devices or similar equipment” being “plainly audible” at a distance of at least “50 feet”.  In short, that means a radio, television, stereo, sound amplifier and so on, that is capable of being heard from at least 50 feet away.

 It’s not necessary to be able to make out the words of a song. The loud bass is enough by itself.  How far is 50 feet?  Well, the average car length is about 18 feet, so 3 car lengths or so is a good reference.  The non-working muffler system (or loud motorcycle) states that vehicles shall be equipped, maintained and operated so as to prevent excessive or unusual noise.

Exhibition of acceleration (the speed racer) talks about loud engine noise at the time of acceleration, which is often accompanied by a street racing complaint.  Those trucks that sound like they’re revving their engines as they’re slowing down are the “jake-brake” violations and they are prohibited everywhere in the city of Overland Park.

So now you know that you can’t street race your semi-truck with a non-working muffler system while listening to your loud stereo and then use the jake-brake to slow down. 

Enjoy that warmer weather when it returns!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

OPPD to Conduct DUI Saturation Patrol Friday Night

On May 3rd, 2013, from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am, the police department will be conducting a non-grant DUI Saturation Patrol. Four additional officers and a supervisor from the Traffic Safety Unit will be out looking for impaired drivers.

Last year, Overland Park Officers investigated 159 alcohol-related accidents and arrested 703 impaired drivers.

Drivers who appear to be impaired will be stopped and asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests.  Drivers convicted of Driving Under the Influence can face severe penalties.

If you observe an impaired driver, you are encouraged to call 911.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

REMINDER: Coffee with Copps is this Afternoon

Overland Park residents will have the opportunity to speak with local police officers over a cup of coffee on Wednesday, May 1st. 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.