Captain Ken Robinson serves as the Director of Support Services. He is a 17 year veteran of the Overland Police Department. Captain Robinson has served as a Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Lead Patrol Officer, Juvenile and Sex Crimes Detective, Major Case Squad Member, Corporal, Sergeant, and Patrol Lieutenant. He is a recipient of the Officer of the Month award from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, is a Certified Fraud Examiner and has a degree from St. Louis University in Accounting. Captain Robinson is also a veteran of the U.S.M.C.
The Support Division consists of the following units; Records Unit, Community Services, Facility Maintenance, and Health & Rabies.
The Community Services Unit (CSU) is designed to help the Police Department better relate to the community. The CSU officers teach DARE classes and provide police resources in all our local elementary schools, teach Safety Town programs to younger children during the summer, and assist in many other services to the community. The CSU also organizes the annual Community Services Golf Tournament. The Overland Police Department is involved in several other community programs to improve the quality of life of our residents.
The Records Unit of the police department is staffed with several highly skilled employees. They have the responsibility for the police record room, electronic and microfilm record storage, addressing citizen requests for police reports and providing general information to the public. These employees provide the backbone of our police record system and office support.
The Facility Maintenance staff of the police department have the responsibility for first-line maintenance of the police department buildings. The staff does an outstanding job caring for the 14,000 plus sq. feet of the main police building which is used around the clock. They also maintain the police department firing range and the western police sub station, located at 2500 Ashby Road, Building "D" (near Wild Acres Park).
Our Health & Rabies officer is far from being “just a dog catcher”. He is responsible for addressing numerous other situations that help insure the health and safety of the community. On any one day, he may address tall grass, improper trash storage, or rodent issues. This is in addition to rescuing over 200 stray animals from the street per year and bringing them to a safe location where their owners can find them. Our Health & Rabies officer, Tom Pupillo, is a Nationally Certified Animal Control Officer.
The Support Division handles the procurement responsibility for the Police Department. Procurement consists of supplying all necessary items for the everyday Police operations. This includes the uniforms, specialized equipment and supplies for maintaining the 24 hour operations of the Police Department. This duty also includes overseeing the maintenance of the police vehicle fleet, providing all office and maintenance supplies, and providing food and supplies for the confined “guests” in our holding facility.
Recently, the Division of Support Services has taken the additional role of department certification through the Missouri Police Chiefs Association and Department wide training.