OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - An Overland Park Police Department internal survey released Tuesday afternoon reveals some major problems with public safety, training, management, morale and equipment.
About two months ago, the Overland Park Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 21 asked the entire department to complete a survey, which 111 officers (less than half) voluntarily completed.
Less than one percent of the officers surveyed feel there are enough officers on the streets to handle the number of calls that come in. Nearly 90 percent of the officers feel they are more worried about violating policies and procedures than issues concerning officer safety.
Part of that may be a result of a lack of training. The survey indicates only 18 percent of the officers who responded feel the department sponsored training adequately prepares them for daily duties.
Only a fraction of those surveyed felt promotions are fair, impartial and appropriate.
Of officers surveyed, 94 percent say they do not feel the department promotes a friendly and positive work environment.
Also released Tuesday was a 15-page anonymous letter outlining many of the same concerns-- as well as several specific accusations against some of the high-ranking officers.
Police Chief John Douglass said he can't comment on personnel matters because of privacy. He did say he is well aware of the concerns expressed in the survey and will continue to work with the entire force to address them.
OPFOP President Brad Campbell released a statement regarding the release which stated in part:
"The results of that survey revealed areas of improvement on both sides that were then presented to Chief Douglass. This survey was intended to be private and areas of improvement are currently being worked on by all parties."
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