Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass to retire

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - After 19 years as Overland Park Police Chief, John Douglass is retiring.

He began his career as a patrol officer in 1973 and said a lot has changed in his 41 years.

Douglass is not retiring from work though. He will oversee security at the Shawnee Mission School District.

He said his own family reminds him how important children's safety is and he's ready for the challenge.

"I'll be working on helping create a comprehensive, all parallels approach to the security of the school district. It's apparent how seriously they take it and the safety of our children is a given, but this is an approach that I think will be worthwhile and I'm happy to be a part of that commitment," he said.

Douglass said his fellow officers have been like a second family to him and that he will miss them, but he's ready for a new chapter.

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