Police Divisions

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.

Administration

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.

Investigations

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.

Patrol

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.

Officers in the patrol division work closely with those from traffic safety, community policing, motorist assist and animal control.

Patrol officers work from the Myron E. Scafe Building and the W. Jack Sanders Justice Center.

Patrol Support

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:

  • Community policing (COPPS) officers work with neighborhood leaders, attend and organize events, and provide resources to build relationships with residents.
  • School resource officers work with and counsel students in Overland Park schools.
  • Traffic safety officers handle serious accidents and patrol traffic complaint areas.
  • Tactical operations, including:
    • Bomb unit officers, who are trained to handle any explosive situation or threat.
    • K-9 unit, whose handlers work alongside Belgian Malinois officers for patrol work and narcotic or explosives detection.
    • Dive team, officers trained in underwater search and recovery and fast-water rescues.
    • Tactical response team, officers who handle critical incidents and hostage situations.