All members of the Overland Park Police Department work within one of several divisions. Each division is responsible for a different aspect of police department operations.
Police administration is responsible for directing, overseeing, supervising and coordinating the day-to-day activities and operations of the Police Department.
The staff helps develop and implement department goals, objectives, policies and procedures to ensure top quality police services for residents, businesses and visitors of Overland Park.
They will also respond to and investigate complaints and compliments about police department staff.
The investigations division works to solve crimes and get criminals off the streets. Detectives conduct follow-up investigations on all active crimes, including residential and commercial thefts/burglaries, auto thefts/burglaries, financial crimes, domestic violence, rape, robbery, assault and battery.
They also investigate crimes involving the Internet, fraud, online prostitution, terrorism threats and online predators.
First responders from the Patrol Division respond to all requests for police assistance and enforcement.
Patrol officers work day, evening or midnight shifts. Day and evening shifts often handle traffic complaints in residential areas. Midnight shift handles DUI enforcement throughout the city. Patrol officers determine what areas of the city will be staffed in each sector, each day, hour-by-hour.
Patrol officers work from the Myron E. Scafe Building and the W. Jack Sanders Justice Center.
Officers working in the patrol support division provide assistance to patrol officers. They build relationships with the community in order to prevent crime, provide extra staffing to the patrol division, and help handle critical incidents. Patrol support officers work in the following units: