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.