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 any employee compliments, and investigate citizen inquiries or complaints.
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 assistance and enforcement by the Police Department.
Patrol officers work day, evening or midnight shifts. Day and evening shifts mostly 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 two stations: Myron Scafe and W. Jack Sanders Justice Center.
Officers working in the Patrol Support unit 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) build neighborhood relationships
- School Resource Officers work with and counsel students in Overland Park schools
- Traffic Safety officers handle serious accidents and patrolling traffic complaint areas
- Tactical Operations
- Bomb Unit - Experts are trained to handle any explosive situation or threat.
- Canine (K-9) Unit - Handlers work alongside Belgian Malinois officers for patrol work and narcotic or explosives detection.
- Dive Team - Divers are trained in underwater search and recovery and fast-water rescues.
- Tactical Response Team - These officers handle critical incidents and hostage situations.
Detectives who work within Support Services help maintain the integrity of the department while working with personnel. They do this through recruitment of strong candidates, maintenance of professional standards within the department and proactive training on topics such as firearms, legal updates, evasive driving, physical abilities training and more.