Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What Does OPMSAR Stand For?

Did you know that Overland Park has a Mounted Search and Rescue (OPMSAR) unit that assists the police department and other agencies when needed for various emergencies. 

The OPMSAR unit was created to respond to emergency needs in various parts of the City, such as parks and rural areas, where streets or trails are not available. As the "green space" in Overland Park was reviewed, it was clear that the search of these areas would be difficult on foot and impossible by vehicle. A mounted search and rescue team surfaced as a reasonable solution to the need for emergency services in those areas. 

This unit is unique, as the members belonging to the OPMSAR are civilians volunteering their time for training with full-time police personnel to provide a professional response. Every OPMSAR member will provide their own horse that is capable of doing a wide variety of tasks. For volunteering their time, members will receive specialized training and equipment.

Members of the OPMSAR have to pass both a written examination and a practical horsemanship test consisting of basic horsemanship skills and sensory testing. The volunteer mounted unit provides opportunities for the Police Department and citizens to work in partnership with the community to provide equestrian services in a responsible manner. For more information on OPMSAR please contact Sgt. Roger Pesek with the Emergency Services Section at 913-895-6413.