Monday, September 29, 2014

Final DEA Sponsored Drug Take-Back Event a Success

Last Saturday, Overland Park participated in another successful drug take-back event, but unfortunately, this will be the last event sponsored by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency).

During Saturday's event, we collected over 300 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired medication. Although the DEA announced in late August they'll no longer sponsor nationwide collection events, Overland Park and Johnson County residents still have several options for medication disposal.

The DEA has now authorized certain DEA registrants (manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors, narcotic treatment programs, retail pharmacies, and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy) to collect unwanted medications from the public beginning on October 9th. The rule change creates a process for DEA registered pharmacies and hospitals to collect medications year-round without the need for law enforcement to be on-site. The rules also define how the hospitals/pharmacies must collect and dispose of the medications.

A press release with this information was posted on the DEA website on September 22nd. You can view it at:

In addition, Overland Park residents now have a permanent and convenient location to dispose of excess, expired, prescription and over-the-counter medications. In a partnership with the Johnson County Regional Prevention Center, we've established a permanent Prescription Drug Take Back Drop Box, located inside the Sanders Justice Center (12400 Foster Street). The hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Johnson County also has three other locations that offer permanent drop off sites:

Johnson County Sheriff's Office - Courthouse
125 N. Cherry Street in Olathe

Shawnee Police Department

5850 Renner Road in Shawnee

Lenexa Police Department
12500 W. 87th Street in Lenexa

Friday, September 26, 2014

Two Significant Events of Note this Weekend

This weekend, there are two very popular activities taking place that we believe is worthy of a reminder from this blog.
The first one is our Drug Take Back event which is scheduled to take place tomorrow from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. There will be six convenient locations in Overland Park where you can drop off your expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. 

The six locations are as follows:
  • 8500 Antioch Rd – Overland Park Police Department.
  • 12400 Foster St – Overland Park Police Department
  • 7000 W 75th St – Price Chopper
  • 7418 W 119th St – Price Chopper
  • 11700 W 135th St – Price Chopper
  • 7201 W 151st St – Price Chopper
  • 6900 W 135th St – Hen House
Of course you'll want to work it around your schedule so you can be sure to attend the Overland Park Fall Festival. One of the highlights every year is the Fall Festival Parade which kicks off at 10:00 AM.
  • Be sure to check out these other exciting events while you're down there:
  • The region's top Arts and Crafts Fair
  • 3 stages of free concerts
  • The nationally ranked OP Farmers' Market
  • Classic cars
  • Children's entertainment - moonwalks, singers and puppets
  • Food! Lots and Lots of Great Food
  • Live in Concert- The Elders, at 3 p.m.
  • Free admission
There is a new online app this year to help you find parking, the parade route, main entertainment stage, food court, kids face painting, information booth and where each of this year's arts and crafts vendors is located.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Another Dog Bite - Request For Information on Owner

The Overland Park Police Department/Animal Control Unit would like your assistance in locating a dog involved in a reported dog bite. The incident took place on a bike path along Indian Creek Parkway, just east of Roe Avenue. This occurred on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at approximately 3:50 PM.

The male victim was walking along the path when a large, leashed dog and handler passed the victim. As the dog passed the victim, the dog bit him on his forearm. The handler exchanged information with the victim but additional information is still needed.

The handler is a white male, between 38 and 48 years of age with brown hair and a ball cap. The dog is an unknown breed, approximately 3 feet tall, light brown fur - similar to a Golden Retriever, and weighed approximately 165 pounds.

If anyone has information on the owner of this dog, please contact the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Al Sneller Retires After 28 Years

Last Friday we held a retirement ceremony for Acting Major Al Sneller to say goodbye to him after 28 years of faithful and dedicated service to the citizens of Overland Park.

During his 28 year career with the City, it's evident that Al's drive and determination propelled him up the ranks of leadership. He started out as an officer and has held every rank up to, and including Major.

In fact, Al has been heavily involved in so many groups, departments, divisions, specializations, etc, that it would be hard to mention them all. We will, however, share a few of the highlights from his career. He's served as a Field Training Officer, Metro Squad Investigator, Background Investigator, Response Team member and supervisor, Training Lieutenant, FTO Program Coordinator, and Fleet Manager. In addition to the ones I just mentioned, he was assigned as the Dispatch Commander, Emergency Management Coordinator, Patrol Division Commander, Investigations Division Commander, and the Patrol Support Commander.

Please join us in congratulating Al Sneller on all of his accomplishments and his retirement from the Overland Park Police Department.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Drug Take Back Event This Saturday 9/27

On September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Overland Park Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

·       8500 Antioch Rd – Overland Park Police Department.

·       12400 Foster St – Overland Park Police Department.

·       7000 W 75th St – Price Chopper

·       7418 W 119th St – Price Chopper

·       11700 W 135th St – Price Chopper

·       7201 W 151st St – Price Chopper

·       6900 W 135th St – Hen House

Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—more than 2,100 tons—of pills.  There have been 7,086 pounds of pills taken back at Overland Park drop off locations since October 2011.

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.
DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) 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.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Overland Park Names New Police Chief

Overland Park, KS - Francis "Frank" Donchez Jr. becomes Overland Park's fifth police chief in the city's 54-year history.

Donchez is set to begin his new job on Monday, Oct. 20, pending final completion of a required background check.

"Frank is a leader with proven results in law enforcement in two other cities," said Overland Park
City Manager Bill Ebel. "His department in Davenport, Iowa, reduced its crime rate 49 percent during Frank's six-year tenure as police chief. He has also worked with neighborhood and business leaders on a community policing program and built a city team with other departments to quickly and effectively address emerging local crime trends.

"Frank will build upon the success of the
Overland Park Police Department and engage our 250 sworn officer force to develop law enforcement leaders and further implement programs and strategies that help the city maintain one of the lowest crime rates in the region and nation," Ebel added.

 "Overland Park's national reputation affords me an opportunity to work with a first-class team of officers and staff members, further build upon its community neighborhood efforts and proceed with innovative strategies and community outreach," said Donchez.

"Donchez is currently the
Police Chief of Davenport, where he has served in that capacity since 2008. He has also served as the city's Acting City Administrator at times since 2013.

He started his police career in
Bethlehem, Penn., in 1981, rising to the rank of Police Commissioner. In 2006 through 2007, he was a consultant for the Easton, Penn.,Police Department.

Donchez earned his law degree and became a licensed attorney in 2001. He was in private practice from 2001 to 2007. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in public administration.

Other training and education experiences include the
FBI National Academy; the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council; Harvard's Kennedy School of Government; a bachelor's degree in management fromMoravian College; Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Unit Commander's Academy; and United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Training.

Donchez replaces John Douglass, who served as Overland Park's Police Chief for 18 years prior to retiring in April.

Frank and his wife Beverly plan to live in Overland Park.

Sean Reilly, city of Overland Park's communications manager, 913-895-6109.

Release Below is Courtesy of the City of Davenport


Davenport Police Chief Frank Donchez, who led the department through a 49 percent reduction in crime during his six-year tenure, will take over the same position in Overland Park, Kan., on Oct. 20.

Coming from Bethlehem, Pa, Donchez took over Davenport’s force of 163 sworn officers in 2008. Overland Park’s force has 250 sworn officers.

“Chief Donchez did excellent work for the citizens of Davenport,” City Administrator Craig Malin said. “That he was recruited to a larger jurisdiction is not surprising.

“I’m particularly thankful that his support of professional development within the department has resulted in multiple internal candidates who I expect to be highly competitive in a national search for his replacement,” Malin said.

Donchez called the reduction of crime a major accomplishment for his time leading the Davenport Police Department.

“I’m proud that we have reduced the amount of crime that we have since I’ve been here,” Donchez said.

He cherishes a more personal accomplishment from last year, initiated by an 83-year-old widower who was looking for a son he hadn’t seen in 50 years. Donchez received a letter from Marvin Schimel looking for his son that he believed one time lived in Davenport.

Donchez took on the task personally to find the son, but ran into dead end after dead end. Enlisting help within the department, he finally found Gary Anderson, of Berwick, Iowa, who was told his father died in the Vietnam War. Donchez met the men during a visit prior to Thanksgiving.

“Professionally, all of these things we’ve done here are great, but personally, that is the best thing I’ve done,” he said. “Sixty years apart, and I helped reunite them.”

Overland Park City Manager Bill Ebel noted Davenport’s decrease in a release that announced Donchez will be the fifth chief to lead the Overland Park department in its 54-year history.

“Frank will build upon the success of the Overland Park Police Department and engage our 250 sworn-officer force to develop law enforcement leaders and further implement programs and strategies that help the city maintain one of the lowest crime rates in the region and nation,” Ebel said.

At times in Davenport, Donchez served as acting city administrator.

Donchez earned his law degree in 2001 and served in private practice from 2001 to 2007. He started his police career in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1981, rising to the rank of police commissioner. In 2006-2007, he was a consultant for the Easton, Pa., Police Department.

He has attended the FBI National Academy, the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Unit Commander’s Academy, and United States Secret Service Dignity Protection training.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Officer Helps With WWI Gun Donation to Museum

On September 8th, 2014, Officer Amy Malone was dispatched to our Sanders Patrol Station to take a recovered property report from a citizen. While we take lots of reports at the station for various reasons, the call Officer Malone responded to that day appeared to be nothing more than someone wanting to turn a firearm into the police department, but this call turned out to be much more than that.

This type of thing is certainly nothing new as we occasionally get people who inherit guns after a loved one passes, and for whatever reason, don't want the guns in their possession. They would rather bring them to the station so it'll be properly disposed of and there's no chance of it falling into the wrong hands.

Officer Malone met up with the reporting party that day who said he received the gun from his father-in-law back in 1978, shortly before he passed away. The son-in-law told Officer Malone that he had never fired the gun and now wanted it to be in safe hands as he was also getting up there in age. He hoped it could be utilized for something good so he decided to turn it in to law enforcement as opposed to selling it. 

The firearm was a WWI issue Colt 1911, 45 caliber in excellent condition, with four boxes of original ammunition. It was produced in 1918.

Officer Malone agreed to take the gun from him, but was uncertain as to what she could do with it. She knew it was a piece of history and was reluctant to destroy it or let it sit ignored for years on a shelf in the property room.

The next day, Officer Malone contacted Doran Cart, Senior Curator, at the
National World War One Museum located at the Liberty Memorial (100 W. 26th Street, KCMO). She told him about the firearm that had been turned into the department and inquired if it was something they may wish to preserve. Mr, Cart advised they were extremely interested in the firearm should the owner wish to donate it.

Officer Malone then contacted the owner at his residence and informed him of the possibility his gun could be donated to the museum. The owner and his wife thought it was a wonderful idea and wanted to proceed with it.

Not only did Officer Malone arrange to have the gun preserved at the museum, she also went over and gave the donor a ride down to the museum so he could deliver the gun in person.

The actions of Officer Malone and the gun's donor will assure that current and future generations will be able to visit the museum and see another important artifact from this nation's history.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Need Help Identifying Suspect Using Stolen Credit Cards

On September 10, 2014, the victim reported he arrived at the gym about 6:00 am and left about 7:20 am. When he returned to his vehicle he found his car had been burglarized and his backpack containing his wallet, a laptop and an Ipad was missing. There was evidence the suspect forced entry into the vehicle. 

Within 45 minutes of this happening, his credit cards were used at several different locations in the metro area.

The attached photos show an unidentified male attempting to buy some gift cards at an area grocery store using some of the stolen credit cards.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 20-30 years of age, clean shaven, medium build and height, brown hair, wearing blue jeans, a blue t-shirt with the words "Just Chill" on the front, wire-rim glasses, and a hat with the word "20X" on the bill. 

He was seen driving a black, mid-2000s Ford Super Duty,quad-cab pickup, with chrome step rails and a chrome tool box at the front of the bed (smaller than the standard sized tool box).

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

REMINDER: DUI Saturation Patrol Tonight

Beginning tonight at 10:00 PM, the Overland Park Police Department will be conducting DUI Saturation Patrol. This event will last until 2:00 AM and will consist of eight officers and one sergeant. 

DUI Saturation Patrols, not to be confused with DUI Checklanes, are for the sole purpose of arresting drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The officers assigned to the Saturation Patrols have significant experience in DUI apprehension and will be patrolling heavily traveled streets and highways.

It is the police department’s goal to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving within the community. So far through the end of August this year we've arrested a total of 471 impaired drivers.

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Child Passenger Safety Week

Beginning on September 14th and lasting through September 20th, the Overland Park Police Department will join other Kansas law enforcement agencies in an effort to prevent children from being injured or killed in automobile crashes.

In 2013, 28 children, ages 0-17 lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas. Sadly, 18 of those children were not wearing their seat belts, and 16 of the 18 were ejected from the vehicle. Wearing a seat belt is the best prevention of injury or death in a vehicle.

According to the 2014 Kansas observational seatbelt survey, children are much more likely to be buckled up if the driver is wearing their seat belt. If the driver is buckled, about 96% of the children are restrained. If the driver is not buckled, only about 21% of the observed children were buckled. We want adults to model good driver behavior for the children.

Throughout National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 14-20, law enforcement across Kansas will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. For more than twenty years, officers have educated and warned drivers and passengers regarding the importance of using seat belts while in their vehicle. There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort. Officers will issue citations to individuals who do not obey Kansas law. Please slow down and be safe, especially in school zones, eliminate the distractions, and always buckle up. 

Sgt. Scott Ferguson
Overland Park Traffic Safety Unit

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9/11 Memorial and Tribute

Tomorrow morning at the Overland Park Fire Training Center (12401 Hemlock), there will be a special ceremony to honor the fallen and their families.

The ceremony will begin at 7:00 a.m. with a dedication and an opportunity to hear how the community came together to make this memorial a reality. That will be followed by several sentinel events marking the exact times when the airliners struck each tower, the pentagon, and also highlighting the collapse of each tower.

New to the memorial this year is the addition of the "weeping wall" representing the tears shed on September 11th, 2011.

For more information, please visit the following link: