Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Help Identify Suspects from Yesterday's Armed Robbery at a Convienence Store

Please take a look at the surveillance video below and still pictures of the armed suspects who robbed the Minute Stop convenience store just before 1:00 yesterday afternoon.

Three males entered the store and took an undisclosed amount of cash along with some merchandise. They were last seen running west of Marty Street.

Press release from yesterday is included below.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8750 or the TIPS HOTLINE, 816-474-TIPS.
September 13, 2015

Armed Robbery

Overland Park Police responded to a reported armed robbery at a convenience store in the 10300 block of Marty at 12:50pm.  There were three suspects who entered the business, two of which appeared to be armed with firearms. 
The suspects appeared to be dark skinned males, wearing long pants, sweatshirts, hats, and their faces were covered with cloth.  The suspects left the business on foot and were last seen running west of Marty.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8729.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Drug Take-Back Event Planned for September 26th

On September 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Overland Park Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public with an opportunity to help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, with 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
  • 7418 W 119th St – Price Chopper
  • 6900 W 135th St – Hen House
  • 11700 W 135th St – Price Chopper
  • 7201 W 151st St – Price Chopper
 In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014 DEA, state and local partners collected 4,823,251 pounds or 2,411 tons of unwanted prescription drugs. There have been 7,393 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. 
The 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.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Results of You Drink, You drive, You Lose Campaign

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department conducted a Labor Day – You Drink, You Drive, You Lose - S.T.E.P. Campaign from August 20th through September 7th. The principle focus was on DUI deterrence and detection in an effort to reduce alcohol related accidents.  Officers also looked for speeding violations, seat restraint violations, testing violations, bicyclist violations, and pedestrian violations.

The program is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), but there was more than 10,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country that participated in this year's enforcement campaign.

It may have been Labor Day weekend, a time when most people are taking a few days off from work, but for the officers involved, it was yet another opportunity to make an impact and hopefully save some lives through their efforts.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Help Us Identify Subject Using a Stolen Credit Card

Please click on the video below for a short clip:

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Back to School Time Again

The Overland Park Police Department wants to make sure things go smoothly this year as students begin to hit the sidewalks, crosswalks and bus stops. As school begins to get back into the swing of things, officers will be paying special attention to these areas to encourage motorists to be cautious and on the lookout for children.

Whether you're transporting children to and from school, or just driving through, it's always a good idea to allow extra time for getting around on the roadways, especially during the morning and afternoon school rush hours.

If your child walks to school, rides the bus, or travels by car, teach your kids important safety tips to ensure they get to and from school safely.

Always remember to buckle up your child with the proper child restraint or safety belt while riding in a car. Wearing a seat belt is the best prevention of injury or death in a vehicle. (see guide below)

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.

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.

Please slow down and be safe, especially in school zones, eliminate the distractions, and always buckle up.

Monday, August 3, 2015

National Night Out in Overland Park is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4th

It's America's Night Out Against Crime!

The 32nd annual "National Night Out" (NNO), is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the
National Association of Town Watch (NATW), has been scheduled for this Tuesday, August 4th, 2015.

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 16,540 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37.8 million people participated in National Night Out in 2014.

The Overland park Police Department will be celebrating National Night Out along with 11 different neighborhoods. We are also anticipating at least another 12 neighborhood participants for the 2nd NNO event this year, scheduled for October 6th.

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.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Results of the July 17th DUI Check Lane

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department and several Kansas police agencies conducted a DUI Check Lane on Friday, July 17, 2015.  The DUI Check Lane was conducted with the intent to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving. 

Please review the results below:

521 -    Vehicles entered the Check Lane

32   -    Drivers tested for DUI                      

3     -    Drivers arrested for DUI

6     -    Transporting Open Container (Alcohol)

1     -    Battery LEO

3     -    Possession of Drugs

4     -    Minor in Possession of Alcohol

4     -    Other Arrests

Friday, July 17, 2015

To Be Or Not To Be - Impaired Driving

The following blog was written a year ago around this time by Traffic Safety Officer, Michelle Koos , who has a knack for writing thought provoking stories for our readers. She's worked for several years in our Traffic Division specializing in DUI enforcement and responding to multiple fatality accidents. It's safe to say that she speaks from experience so it's very fitting that we re-post this in light of tonight's DUI Check Lane.

To Be Or Not To Be - Impaired 

Do a search on the internet regarding fatalities related to DUI’s and the numbers you are likely to find are staggering. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2012 10,322 people died in drunk driving crashes. That’s 1 death every 51 minutes.

In 2012, 239 children under the age of 14 were killed in DUI crashes. Of those, 124 were riding WITH the drunk driver.

It’s not like we haven’t seen the public service announcements. It’s not like we can claim we didn't know. Even if there weren't public service announcements, word of mouth would probably get the message out there. After all in 2011 there were over 1.2 million drivers arrested for DUI.
But here’s something you might not know, in 2009 NHTSA did a study and found that 18% of the reported fatality crashes involved drugs OTHER than alcohol. That includes all those street drugs most people know about like marijuana, cocaine or meth and even the drugs you might not think of like prescription drugs and even some over the counter medications.

This Friday (tonight) the Overland Park Police Department is going to be doing another DUI check lane. Yes, another one. Because as long as people are making the choice to drink and drive and running the risk of forever changing someone else’s life or that of loved ones, we will be out there taking enforcement action.

This is not one of those times where asking for forgiveness later is better than asking for permission first so here’s what you can do to be proactive:

Prior to drinking or partying, pick a NON-drinking and sober designated driver or make plans to take a cab.

Don’t let your friends drive impaired.

If you are hosting a party where alcohol is served, remind your guests to make plans ahead and offer alcohol free beverages. We would recommend not serving drugs of any kind as a party snack or favor – not only is it a bad idea, it’s illegal.
Make sure your guests leave with a sober and unimpaired driver.

As always, you can make a plan for your own ride, or we can arrange one for you. Drive safe and no offense, but we hope we don’t have to see you Friday (tonight).

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Don't Leave Your Pet Inside a Hot Car

The hot, humid days of summer have arrived and are always a dangerous time for pets, especially those left inside hot cars.
Every year across the country, countless animals die after being locked in cars while their owners work, visit, shop, or run other errands. Overland Park Animal Control officers routinely respond to about 20 calls a week on reports of pets left inside unattended vehicles.

When it’s just 85 degrees outside, the seating area of a car (even with the windows rolled down) can heat up to over 100 degrees in 15 minutes. Within 30 minutes, the temperature can reach 120 degrees. Because of this danger it’s a good idea to keep your pet at home on hot days if there’s a chance the pets could be left alone in the vehicle.

Great Plains SPCA 
Overland Park Animal Control officers can forcibly rescue a pet if it is determined there is danger to the animal. Each officer carries a gauge to determine the interior temperature of a vehicle.

While we understand that pet owners are not intentionally trying to harm their pets, they can be subject to prosecution for animal cruelty.

Next time you think it will take only a minute, consider your pet’s safety and well-being. Its life is dependent on your careful consideration.

If you see a pet inside a car on a hot day, call 913/895-6300 and police dispatchers will notify an animal control officer.

For more information and hot weather tips for your pets, visit the Great Plains SPCA for more information: http://www.greatplainsspca.org/be-summer-savvy-hot-weather-tips-for-your-pets/

Monday, June 8, 2015

Explorers Participate in the 2015 Police Explorer Challenge

On Saturday, June 6th, the Overland Park Police Department participated in the Explorer Challenge. The training was hosted by the OPPD and held at the University of St. Mary (11413 Pflumm Road, OP) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Explorers who participated in this year’s event were from  the Overland Park, Olathe, Spring Hill, and the Grain Valley Police Departments.

Explorer advisors critiqued the explorers as they investigated various scenario-based training exercises.

The scenarios this year were:

• Physical Agility Course

• Traffic Stops

• Shooting Range

• Building Searches

• Domestic Disturbance

• Subject Refusing to Leave Disturbance

• Bomb Threat

• Pedestrian Check/Suspicious Subject

• Missing Person

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 call 913-895-6288 for more information.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Results of the 2015 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 18, through May 31. The campaign was conducted with the principle focus on adult, teen, and child seat restraint violations. Officers also looked for speeding violations, texting while driving violations, bicyclist violations, pedestrian violations, and DUI violations to help reduce alcohol related auto accidents.       
Please review the statistical results: 
  • 337.25 - Hours worked by officers assigned to the grant
  •  817 - Vehicles stopped 
  •  12 - Speeding violations
  • 774 - Seat belts (18 years or older)
  • 12 - Safety Belts (14-17 years of age) 
  • 3 - Safety Belts (8-13 years of age)
  • 5 - Booster Seats (4-7 years of age)
  • 2 - Child Seats (0-3 years old)
  • 4 - Texting While Driving
  • 155 - Hazardous Moving Violations
  • 86 - Other Violations
  • 6 - Warrant Arrests
  • 4 - Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Arrests
  • 3 - Other Arrests
Sgt. Scott Ferguson
Overland Park Police Department
Traffic Safety Unit   


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Help Us Identify Thief Using Stolen Credit Card

On May 29th, at approximately 2:00 in the afternoon, an Overland Park resident had her passenger side window smashed and her purse stolen. Inside her purse was a debit card which used soon after at a local gas station. Any help in identifying the pictured male and his vehicle would be greatly appreciated.

Suspect: A white male in his 20s or 30s with brown hair and a brown beard (longer near the chin), wearing a long-sleeved red shirt, blue jeans, black hat and black and white tennis shoes. 

Vehicle: A silver Lincoln Town Car, 2002 to 2012 model year, with no license plate on the front, however, the black bracket for the front license plate has been installed.

If you have any information, please contact Det. Wimsatt at 913-344-8742 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign Begins Today

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department will be conducting a Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” S.T.E.P. Campaign from May 18th through the end of the month.

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 2015 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 Safety Belt Use and Child Passenger Safety violations.

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 960 vehicles and issued 1278 citations. 926 of that total accounted for some type of seat belt or child seat restraint citation.

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, May 7, 2015

Be Wary of Door-to-Door Solicitors

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to remind our  residents to be very cautious regarding their dealings with door-to-door solicitors, especially those selling magazine subscriptions.

The warm months ahead will continue to make Overland Park an opportunistic location for solicitors to sell their wares or perhaps peddle their scams.

While there are many reputable companies doing business door-to-door in our city, there are still some unscrupulous ones who try to trick or coerce residents into buying things they don’t need or want. A lot of times residents will reluctantly pay for items that they never receive or the items they get are of poor quality.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) receives numerous complaints each year regarding door-to-door solicitors, so many that in fact that they have put them into their list of top ten scams. The most common complaint the BBB receives involves consumers paying for magazines they never receive. Several consumers allege the sales representative also misled them by claiming to work for a local school or charity fundraiser.

If visited by a door-to-door sales representative, the BBB recommends consumers do the following:

Be safe. Ask for identification before you open the door. Never invite the solicitor into your home.

Be wary of high pressure sales tactics. A trustworthy company should let you take time to think about the purchase and compare prices before buying or putting down a deposit.

Research the company with BBB. Visit www.bbb.orgto view the company’s BBB Business Review to find out more about their marketplace performance. If you have a smart phone, you can download and use the BBB app to access the company’s report while the person is standing at your door, or visit m.bbb.org on your mobile device.

Get transaction details in writing. Be sure you receive a contract or receipt explaining the details of your purchase and all the terms and conditions that apply.
Remember the “Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule.” The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives consumers three days to cancel purchases of more than $25 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business. Along with a receipt, the salesperson should always provide a cancellation form that can be sent to the company to cancel the purchase within three days. By law, the company must give consumers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice.

Listen carefully and be aware of high pressure sales tactics. Some unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will put pressure on you to close the deal at that moment. Listen to their tone. Are they increasing in volume as they speak to you? Are they ignoring you despite saying you are not interested? Find a way to end the conversation quickly to avoid long, drawn-out sales pitches.

Stand strong. Do not invite unsolicited salespeople into your home. If you do allow a salesperson inside and decide during the presentation that you are not interested in making a purchase, simply ask him or her to leave. If the salesperson refuses to leave, threaten to call the police, and follow through if they don’t leave immediately.

Victims of fraudulent door-to-door sales can file a complaint with their Better Business Bureau at 
www.bbb.org , local law enforcement, or state Attorney General’s office.

Contractors soliciting business door to door in residential neighborhoods are governed under the provisions of Overland Park Municipal Code Chapter 5.64. The ordinance can be found on the internet at 

Here are a few of the specific regulations for Overland Park:

- If you post a “No Solicitors” or “No Trespassers” sign, they can’t attempt to contact you for the purpose of soliciting.

- They can’t attempt contact prior to 10:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. local time, on any day.

- If you ask them to leave the premises, they must do so immediately.

- They can’t make more than one solicitation call to the same premises for any similar goods or contributions within any consecutive fourteen (14) day period.

- If requested, they must provide you with a written receipt for any purchase exceeding $5.00 cash.

- They must truthfully disclose the details of what they are selling or soliciting and they cannot misrepresent the purpose of their call.

No solicitor notices or signs must be posted at the front entrance of your home for the ordinance to be enforced. No soliciting stickers may be purchased at City Hall located at 8500 Santa Fe. Persons ignoring such signs or acting suspicious may be reported to the police department at (913) 895-6300, or if the need for police presence is immediate, by calling 9-1-1.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycles are small so it can be easy for one to slip into the blind spot of a vehicle.  It can also be difficult for some to judge a motorcycle’s speed or distance.  In regards to distance, motorcycles have nearly the same stopping distances as cars, but on slippery pavement it becomes difficult to stop quickly.  If you think it’s a bad idea to tailgate another vehicle, just think of how bad an idea it is to tailgate a motorcycle.

In 2014, the Overland Park Police Department investigated 52 crashes involving motorcycles, and of those, 37 were classified as injury accidents. There were also three traffic-related fatalities in 2014, with two of those deaths involving the driver of a motorcycle.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has some tips for motorists and motorcyclists.

For Motorists:

Look For Motorcyclists - Use your eyes and mirrors to see what's around and check the blind spots when you're changing lanes or turning at intersections. Look, and look again.

Focus on Driving - Hang up the phone, put down the MP3 player, settle the passengers, and drive.

Use Your Turn Signals - Signal your intentions for everyone's safety.

Give Two-Wheelers Some Room - Don't tailgate or pass too closely.

Take Your Time - Nothing is as important as the safety of your loved ones, yourself, and the others with whom you share the road

For Motorcyclists:

Be visible – They remind motorcyclists that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles so make sure your headlight works, use reflective strips or decals on your clothing, be aware of blind spots, and flash your break light when slowing or stopping.  They also suggest using your horn if a motorist doesn’t see you.

Dress for safety – Wear a quality helmet and eye protection, wearing bright colored clothing and a light colored helmet. Protect your body with leather or other thick protective clothing. Choose long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.  The Motorcycle Safety Foundation specifically points out that the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear.

Apply effective mental strategies and know your bike and how to use it – Constantly scan and search the road for changing conditions and give yourself and others space and time to respond. Use lane positioning to be seen, signal in advance, don’t ride tired or impaired, get formal training, take refresher courses and practice. Lastly, know how to handle your bike in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds and uneven surfaces.

For more motorcycle safety information visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's website at http://www.msf-usa.org/

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Traffic Officer Steve Beger Retires After 35 Years

This past Friday we held a retirement reception for Officer Steve Beger in honor of his retirement with the department after 35 years of faithful service.

You'll notice we said "reception" as opposed to saying "ceremony" because a reception was all Steve wanted, and true to his nature, he wasn't very comfortable doing that either. You see, Steve is a man of action and of very few words. The last thing he wanted to do was have some formal ceremony where people get dressed up and talk about him for an extended period of time.

The reception on Friday, as uncomfortable as it made Steve feel, gave his friends and co-workers an opportunity to say one last goodbye to him before he heads out to enjoy retired life . It's safe to say Steve has been a stalwart around this department for a long time and has a lot of friends who wanted to wish him well.

Please join us as we congratulate Steve on all of his accomplishments and his retirement from the Overland Park Police Department. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Creating Partnerships

Overland Park Police teamed up with the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley in support of the Soldier for Life program. OPPD hosted Army personnel who served as interns for two weeks. The Soldier for Life program was created to assist soldiers in the transition back to civilian life. It offers training and skill sets to assist soldiers in networking and securing careers, once their military commitment is complete.

As a result of our work with the Soldier for Life program, OPPD was nominated and received the Helping Hands Award at Fort Riley on April 28, 2015. The partnership was beneficial to the police department as well as the Army Interns.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Groundbreaking Ceremony For New Public Safety Facility

This morning, the City of Overland Park broke ground on a joint public safety facility that will house both police and fire personnel.

Many calls for emergency service require a joint response from police and fire, which means coordination and sharing of resources. The new police and fire station is a reflection of that valuable and necessary partnership.

The new building will be located just south of the intersection of W. 159th and Antioch and across the street from Blue Valley West High School. It will replace the current fire station at 159th Street and Metcalf. By relocating to the new site and combining with the upcoming interchange at 159th and US-69, it  provides a more strategic location to respond to emergencies in the area.

This project is truly a partnership that extends far beyond City Departments of Fire, Police, IT, Parks and Public Works.  It encompasses everyone associated with the project--all to produce a quality facility to better serve the Citizens of Overland Park to maintain the high quality of Public Safety we expect in our great community.  We don’t have the opportunity to build these types of facilities often and look forward to the completion of this project.

The fire side will have capacity for 12 fire/EMS full-time staff members in conjunction with four double-deep, drive through apparatus bays, living quarters, office, kitchen and more.

The police side will have  enough space for 30 officers and civilian staff members, room for patrol briefings, armory, special apparatus and more.

Over the past four years, Overland Park’s population has grown by more than 10,000 new residents, and businesses. It’s safe to say much of that growth has taken place south of 151st Street, and much more will in the years and decades to come.

Overland Park receives national recognition for its level of fire and police service, which is among the best in the nation.

Residents have resoundingly stated public safety is one of the top priorities for city leaders and this new facility is a reflection that goal.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Top Ten Contributing Factors for Motor Vehicle Crashes in 2014

Continuing on from our post yesterday on the subject of Distracted Driving, we wanted to share with you the factors that were listed by officers during their investigation into each of the 4, 325 crashes last year.

In 2014, 4325 crashes occurred in the City of Overland Park. An analysis of the accident reports revealed the following top ten contributing factors:

1. Inattention - 1036
2. Following to Close - 678

3. Fail to Yield Right of Way - 614

4. Too Fast for Conditions - 307

5. Improper Lane Change - 220

6. Red Light Running - 213

7. Under the Influence - 167
8. Distracted Driver - 103

9. Improper Backing - 98

10. Improper Turn -  96

Although the Distracted Driver is #9 on the list, it goes hand-in-hand with #1 on the list - Inattentive Driving. It's not always easy for the officer to prove exactly why the driver was at fault, nor are people so willing to admit to their miscues.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving is a growing problem throughout the country. "Distraction" is a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity instead. Here are just a few examples of items in our vehicles that can distract our attention away from the road; cell phones, stereos/CD players, MP3 players, satellite radio and GPS devices.

According to the National Safety Council, eighty percent of American drivers believe hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone, but that is not the case. Multiple studies have shown that hands-free devices are no safer than talking on a cell phone in your hand. When talking on a cell phone, drivers can miss seeing up to half of what's around them, such as traffic lights, stops signs and pedestrians.

Here in Overland Park, our mission is to make the streets and highways safer for the thousands of motorists who travel on them each day.  We have always taken an aggressive approach to educate motorists of the importance of distraction-free driving through education and enforcement.  

Let's all continue to do our part in ensuring everyone's safety while travelling on the roadways, whether in Overland Park or driving across the great state of Kansas.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Officer Hawes Assists Teen Task Force With Underage Alcohol Inititive

Last night, Officer Hawes with our Community Policing Unit, assisted the Teen Task Force (through The Regional Prevention Center of Johnson County) with their "Hang Tag" campaign to decrease alcohol sales to minors at liquor retailers in Overland Park. 

The goal of the Teen Task Force is to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. Members of the task force visited five area liquor retailers last night to hang informational tags on bottles of alcohol inside the businesses. 

See the full press release and photos below for more information.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Flooding Awareness

With the possibility for excessive rain in the area today and through the month of April, flooding will be a major concern as rivers and streams begin to overflow their banks.

Each year more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other weather related events. Careless or unsuspecting motorists who try to drive through flooded roads cause many of these deaths.

Flash floods usually result from intense storms dropping large amounts of rain within a brief period. Flash floods occur with little or no warning and can reach full peak in only a few minutes. They can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall.

Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles including SUV’s and pick-ups.

Here are just a few ways to avoid these types of situations:

Flooded roads could have significant damage that is hidden by floodwaters. NEVER drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads.

Barricades are put up in areas that are known to flood. Do not drive around the barricades.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers. When it’s raining, make sure you drive with extra care since flooding hazards sometimes can’t be seen until it is too late.

Pay attention to the weather radio and television reports in order to help protect yourself.

If floodwaters rise around a car, abandoned it and move to higher ground if it can be done safely.

Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don't try it.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Upcoming DUI SATURATION PATROL Friday 4/3/15

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department is conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday April 3, 2015.  It is the police department’s goal to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving within the community. 

The DUI Saturation Patrol will begin at 10:00 PM, and the enforcement will not end until 2:00 AM.  The Traffic Safety Unit will hold a briefing at the Myron E. Scafe Building, 8500 Antioch, Overland Park, KS prior to initiating the enforcement.     

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Results of Tuesday's DUI Saturation Patrol

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Tuesday March 17, 2015.  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:

3     -    DUI arrests
3     -    Drivers tested for DUI
1     -    Speeding violation 
2     -    Red Light violations
1     -    Suspended Driver’s License
1     -    Driver’s license violation
6   -      No Insurance violations
1      -   Improper turn / Lane violation
10      - Other Traffic violations   
8    -     Total vehicles stopped    


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

UPDATE: Arrest of Suspect in Fraudulent Flower and Gift Card purchases

On January 8th, we posted the story below and asked our readers, along with the media, for help in identifying the subjects. Thanks to the help of the public and our media partners, a suspect was developed and a warrant was issued through the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office for Cierra Hill. On March 17th the Kansas City Division of the FBI arrested Ms. Hill.

We want to express our gratitude for the help we received which was instrumental in solving this case. 

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. A criminal complaint merely contains allegations of criminal conduct.

"I'd like to Order the Pick Me Up Flower Bouquet and a $300 VISA Gift Card Please"

If you look closely at the photos we've presented below, you'll notice each one of the ladies is carrying a bouquet of flowers as they exit the store. What you don't see is the gift card they asked to be added to their floral order, usually in the amount of $200-$300.

They were able to order the items using someone else's credit card information, although how they got the info is still under investigation. The amounts on the flowers came to $127 while the total of the gift cards was over $1,500. We're wondering who the lucky recipient is for all those flowers.

In addition, the suspects in this case used the victim's credit card to rack up over $5,000 of charges at several other locations around Kansas City.

The photos and video are four different females who were caught on surveillance video picking up the flowers and the gift cards. We'd like to talk to them. There are also pictures of the vehicles in which they left.

If you can help investigators identify the suspects and/or suspect vehicles, please call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8767 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tending to the Garden...

            As you well know, if you don’t tend to your garden, your garden won’t thrive.  In an effort to keep our “garden” thriving, the Overland Park Police Department recently held its quarterly training classes for all their commissioned law enforcement officers.  The state of Kansas requires officers to attend a minimum of 40 hours of training each year, to keep their commission in good standing.  Overland Park PD has a training unit that works hard to get officers ready for the street and keep them educated and up to date.  Overland Park officers average about 50 training hours per year, which is higher than the minimum requirement.  Training topics include DUI Enforcement, Ethics, Law Updates, Crime Scene Investigation, Defensive Tactics, Traffic Accident Investigation,  CPR, Storm Weather Training, Emergency Driving, as well as scenario based training and other specialized topics.  The “fruits” of their labor assures a higher level of public service.  As they say, “Practice makes perfect”.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Help Us Identify the Couple in the Cadillac

The subjects pictured below have been frequenting Overland Park stores and stealing.  The male is a white male, who appears to be in his 40's or 50's, with a bald head, and mustache or goatee.  He drives a white Cadillac that has rear fender skirts and damage to the hood on the passenger side.  The female is a white female that appears to have longer brown hair.  If you recognize these subjects or their car, please contact the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300

Friday, February 13, 2015

Free Car Seat Safety Checks

Did you know that seven out ten child car seats are improperly installed? The Overland Park Police Department wants to help. The Police Department offers free Child Car Seat inspections on the first Wednesday of each month from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The next one is scheduled for this Wednesday, March 4th.

The inspections are conducted at the Myron E. Scafe Police Building at 8500 Antioch. Inspections are done by appointment only. An inspection takes approximately thirty minutes. There are two ways to schedule an appointment: You can go to
http://www.opkansas.org/city-government/police-department/police-special-services-and-programs/child-passenger-seat-safety/ or call 913-895-6419.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Help Identify Female Forging Over $15,000 in Stolen Personal Checks

The individual pictured below is wanted for Identity Theft and Forgery from a case that began on December 14th, 2014. The victim's purse, including her checkbook, was stolen while she was visiting a convenience store in Kansas City, Missouri.

After the theft of her purse, the victim reported to police that multiple forged checks had been cashed in Overland Park. Initially, six checks were written on her account totaling over $8,000. Since that time, the total has reached $15,000 as the suspect has continued to writes bogus checks all across the metro.

While the victim's account has since been reimbursed by the bank for the fraudulent checks, the detective on this case would like to identify this female for prosecution.

If you have any information on her identity, please call the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Warming Up Your Auto is Not Worth the Risk

Hopefully most of our readers have already heard on the news or through social media, about the large number of vehicles stolen in Overland Park and throughout the metro this winter.

The temperature outside may be down significantly, but it doesn't reduce the chances someone may drive off with your car if you leave it warming up outside with the keys in it.

Yesterday morning, during a two hour time period, we received five reports regarding vehicles that were stolen while “idling” or warming up. The total for the week now stands at 12 (Monday - Thursday morning). The vehicles were spread out in different areas of the city, which indicates there are possibly several suspects out there looking for opportunities. 

Last winter we had 34 vehicles stolen while warming up, and this year there are already 29. Keep in mind that we're only in the beginning of February and we've had a relatively mild winter so far.

Speaking of opportunities, we are also getting a few reports where people are leaving a spare key inside their unlocked vehicle and then having it stolen when the thief finds it as he rifles through it.

For many years, it has been suggested to warm a vehicle before driving. According to current research, today’s sophisticated engine management systems require no warm up. By foregoing the warm up you will save gas, money and may reduce your chances of becoming a crime victim.

Leaving your car running unattended is also against the law. City ordinance 12.04.107 prohibits running a vehicle unattended with the keys in it unless a remote-starter is being used.

We hope these tips will be useful. Safeguarding our automobiles and maintaining them properly will reduce criminal activity and keep us safe.