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 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.