Overland Park Police Department (Kansas)
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Overland Park Police Department Kansas
Overland Park Police Department
Agency overview
Formed 1960
Annual budget $31,119,644 (2008)
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Overland Park in the state of Kansas, United States
Legal jurisdiction City of Overland Park
General nature
Operational structure
Officers 255
Agency executive Francis Donchez
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Overland Park Police Department is a local police department in the Kansas and is located in Johnson County, Kansas. The department was known as Mission Township Police Department prior to 1960.[1]

History

The Overland Park Police Department (OPPD), was formed in 1960 when the Mission Township Police Department disbanded and became the Overland Park Police Department. The department was also formed when Overland Park became a "first class city".

Tragedy first effected the Overland Park Police Department on January 19, 1968, when a Kansas Highway Patrol Sergeant, Eldon K. Miller, was shot and killed in Overland Park. The incident began with a bank robbery in Overland Park and during the robbery an Overland Park Police motorcycle officer was wounded and the suspects were then found in an apartment complex when officers found the getaway vehicle used in the robbery. Following the discovery officers set up a perimeter around the apartment complex and Trooper Miller hopped in a Johnson County Sheriff's Office patrol car and used the patrol car to cover other officers from gunfire, as he was moving the vehicle the suspects started shooting and gunfire hit Trooper Miller in the head killing him immediately. The suspects were arrested and sent to prison.[2]

Officer Deanna S. Rose is the only Overland Park officer to ever be killed in the line of duty. She was killed on January 6, 1985, when she was in the process of attempting to arrest an underage male for driving while drunk. As she tried to arrest him he knocked her down and got in his car and ran her over, she died 2 days later. He was later arrested for the crime and went to prison but was eventually released. She was the first female police officer killed in the state of Kansas.[3]

Divisions

  • Communications
  • Investigations
  • Tactical Response (SWAT)
  • School Resource Officers
  • Diving Unit
  • Finger Printing
  • Community Policing
  • Explorers Program
  • Citizens Police Academy

Duty equipment

Vehicles

References


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