Overland Park Police Tout Prostitution Bust

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. --  It may be the world's oldest profession, but many still aren't getting the message prostitution is illegal - and it's on the police radar in Overland Park.

Officers made several prostitution related arrests during a recent sting.

"It's one of our major initiatives not to let prostitution get a foothold in Overland Park," said Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass.

The chief and city leaders say that they have a specific goal in mind when it comes to Overland Park - keep it safe. Arresting people for selling sex is one step in that process, but the chief says it's all part of a grander plan, especially as the city continues to grow.

"We remain one of the safest cities in the country for a city our size we would stand up against anyone, but at same time we cant forget we are almost one hundred eighty thousand people and we have issues that require attention and work," said Douglass.

One of those issues is watching big city problems creep in.

"The character of the city is starting to change, we're getting a few more urban problems, a few more urban issues," said Douglass.

The chief says he decided to tackle the problems head on.  The department has several specific initiatives it's working on. In addition to stemming prostitution, the chief wants to curb drug sales and dope houses, gang activity and identify career criminals living in the city.

The prostitution sting netted eight arrests.  It may not seem like a lot, but Chief Douglass says overall, it will make the people think twice about committing a crime in Overland Park.

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