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OPCAT off to a fetching start

The Overland Park Crisis Action Team has hit the ground running in 2022, and there’s already a new four-legged team member on board. The behavioral health unit, known as OPCAT, welcomed Critical Incident Response Team K-9 Haven. Chief Frank Donchez swore Haven in to the Department at last night’s Public Safety committee meeting. OPCAT, began […]

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Work underway to establish Police Department’s behavioral health unit

Overland Park Police Department’s behavioral health unit is already beginning its important work. The Overland Park Crisis Action Team, or OPCAT, will begin full operations in 2022, with 12 crisis intervention-trained police officers and three Johnson County Mental Health co-responders ready to serve the public. The Overland Park Police Department receives, on average, seven mental […]

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Learn about mental health resources in your community

The past year has brought up many emotions, from confusion to worry to anger to sadness. It’s taken a toll on people’s mental health, too: around four in 10 adults in the United States have reported symptoms of anxiety or depression during the coronavirus pandemic. During May, we recognize the growing importance of mental health, […]

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Overland Park releases 2018 officer-involved shooting report

June 23, 2021 Update: Overland Park officials, responding to a recent open records request, discovered a series of still photos captured from an in-car police camera video that had been previously released to the public. The content of the photos is not new; it is simply a different format than the previously-released dashcam video which […]

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OPPD meets many recommendations of state commission on racial equity in policing

At last night’s Public Safety meeting, Overland Park Police Department Chief Frank Donchez shared the ways his department is meeting the Kansas Commission on Racial Equity and Justice’s recommendations. The department is meeting and will continue to work at nearly all of the commission’s 24 recommendations, Donchez said.  Some of those recommendations include: Increasing transparency […]

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Mike Mosher Boulevard honors a fallen hero

A section of 123rd Street now has a new name: Mike Mosher Boulevard. The name change honors fallen Overland Park Police Officer Mike Mosher, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year. Last night, City Council approved renaming 123rd Street between Blue Valley Parkway and Metcalf. Police Chief Frank Donchez took input […]

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OPPD to hold virtual trunk-or-treat celebration

The Overland Park Police Department’s annual trunk-or-treat event is going virtual for 2020. Typically, officers host trunk-or-treaters in the parking lot at Myron E. Scafe building for a Halloween celebration and decorating contest. This year, the physical event is will take place in your own driveway! This event is possible thanks to support from the […]

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OPPD collecting school supplies for students in need

Overland Park Police officers will be out at your local Target stores during the month of August to collect school supplies for local students. The department’s Community Policing unit will collect supplies for Blue Valley School District and Shawnee Mission School District students. Officers will collect: Boxes of 24 Crayola crayons Boxes of 8 Crayola […]

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Overland Park Police Department responds to questions regarding protests

Friday night, Overland Park Police officers monitoring a protest near 116th and Quivira arrested four people. Prior to the protest, the Overland Park Police Department held conversations with both the protest organizers and residents living near the expected protest area. The Department also received information that there may be counterprotests during the planned protest. Beginning […]

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Memorial services to affect traffic

Tuesday and Wednesday, memorial services for Officer Mike Mosher will affect traffic near College and Metcalf. Tuesday during Officer Mosher’s drive-thru visitation at the Overland Park Convention Center from 4-6 p.m. During Tuesday’s visitation, 110th Street will be closed between Woodson and Lamar (north of the Overland Park Convention Center) to allow for visitation traffic.  […]

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