PD Receives Certificate of Appreciation

Today the Galena Police Department received a Certificate of Appreciation and a box of bagels from Spring River Mental Health & Wellness, Inc. This Certificate is in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month and in appreciation of the positive influence, work and dedication to the residents of Cherokee County.

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Click It or Ticket Begins May 22, 2017

Click It or Ticket is on its way

Beginning on Monday, May 22, and continuing through Sunday, June 4, drivers can expect increased police presence on city streets as the Galena Police Department joins almost 160 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2017 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign.  This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).  Enforcement will occur around the clock.  Officers will be especially vigilant at night because the likelihood of seatbelt use at night is much lower than during the day and the percentage of unrestrained crash deaths soars much higher at night.

Drivers can expect strict enforcement of both the Safety Belt Use Act and the Child Passenger Safety Act. These

acts require that all vehicle occupants must be appropriately restrained. Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe front seat occupants, teens in any position, or children under the age of 14, riding without being properly restrained.  Occupants, ages 14 and over, are cited individually.  In the event that a passenger under the age of 14 is observed to be unrestrained the driver will be cited.  The fine for an adult violation is $10 (no court cost).  The fine for a youth (14-17) violation is $60 (no court costs), while the driver’s fine for a child (0-13) restraint violation is $60 + a court cost charge of at least $108.

Children under the age of four must be correctly secured in an approved child safety seat. Children, ages four through seven, must be securely belted into an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds, in which case, the booster may be removed and the child belted in without it.  Children, ages eight through 13 must be safety-belted.   In addition, the act prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed.

The aim of Click It or Ticket is simple:  to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes.  While seat belts may not always protect from serious or fatal injury, certainly no other piece of equipment within the vehicle provides more protection.

Kansas’ overall adult seat belt compliance rate is 87% and ranges, by county, from 61% to 96%, with occupants in rural counties generally less likely to buckle up than those in urban counties. According to KDOT, this rural-urban difference in seat belt rates is especially problematic because rural roadway conditions are, in general, less forgiving than those in urban areas and the consequences of driver misjudgment – such as unsafe speed and failure to buckle up – are likely to be more severe.  Picture, for example, two lanes, narrow shoulders, ditches on both sides, and random culverts waiting to snag vehicles leaving the roadway.  Or, consider the rollover crash, which is so much more prevalent on rural roadways than city streets.  One of the grimmest duties a police officer is called upon to perform is to work a crash where an unrestrained occupant is partially or completely ejected, and then crushed by the rolling vehicle.  It is easy to see why fully two-thirds of Kansas’ fatality crashes occur on rural roadways even though they see only one-third of all crashes.

Kansans like to see their state as one which protects children, and it does well with its youngest ones, those aged 0-4, who are buckled in to child safety seats at the rate of 97%. However, the percentage of properly restrained 5- to 13-year olds is only 84%.  Moreover, eight out of ten times when drivers, themselves, are unbelted, their child passengers are also unsecured.

According to Chief Charles, “I would like remind the community that when they don’t buckle up themselves, or require their passengers to buckle up, they are, in effect, promising themselves and those passengers, along with family and friends not present, that no circumstance will arise that will trigger seat belt activation. That the drivers they will encounter on the road are not going to be critically affected by drug or medical impairment, sleepiness, cell phone conversations, texting, sloshing coffee, the radio dial or kids fighting in the back seat.  Nor will there be animals in the road or a mechanical or other circumstance that will cause them to suddenly slow or veer out of their lane.”

“I want people to know that, day or night, the Galena Police Department is committed to aggressively ticketing violators of seat belt and child safety laws, as well as other traffic infractions – such as speeding and texting while driving – which make the need for occupant restraint so necessary.”

Officers At Galena School Career Day

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On Friday May 12, 2017, Officers with the Galena Police Department and School Resource Officer from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office got to spend time with students at the Galena Schools for Career Day. Officers spent time explaining their job duties, the requirements to become a police officer, advancement opportunities and demonstrating how some of the equipment is used throughout their shift.

Death Investigation

On April 26, 2017 at approximately 9:32 PM, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a shooting which occurred at 207 W Empire St. in Galena, KS.

Upon arrival of Galena Police Officers and EMS, they discovered a female inside the residence with an apparent gunshot wound. The female was transported by EMS to Freeman Hospital in Joplin where she later died from her injuries. The body is being transferred to Frontier Forensics in Kansas City where an autopsy will be completed.

The residence was secured by responding officers. The Galena Police Department has requested the assistance of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office and the KBI to assist in processing the scene.

As information becomes available updates will be released.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to contact the Galena Police Department at (620) 783-5065.


There has been an accident in the Area of 5th and Belleview. There are two Power Line poles down.  Empire and Media-Com are in the area trying to get the poles replaced and Power and Cable service restored. Please avoid this area until the repairs are finished.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Officer of the Quarter

Patrol Officer Wayne Nelson was awarded Officer of the Quarter during the Police Department Staff meeting on April 13, 2017.

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On March 11, 2017 Officer Nelson was dispatched to a home for a medical emergency. The home owner subsequently wrote a letter stating this was the second family member they lost within the past 16 days. The letter continued by complimenting Officer Nelson for the professionalism and courtesy he showed toward the family in their time of need and also stated Officer Nelson returned with dinner for the family and “it made things just a little bit better”

Officer Nelson recognizes sometimes small acts of kindness and generosity can mean the world to those in a crisis situation.

I am proud to have officers willing to go above what is expected to serve the community and continue to improve interactions with residents of Galena.

“Service With Honor”


Galena Viduct/Front Street Bridge Closed for Repairs

The repairs to the Galena Viaduct/Front Street bridge will begin April 24th and continue until the end of June. Historic Route 66, Front Street from Bellevue to Joplin Street will be closed for Bridge repairs. There will be a detour set up on Clark Street, thank you for your patience during these repairs.

The repairs to the Galena Viaduct/Front Street bridge will begin April 24th and continue until the end of June. Portions of Historic Route 66, Front Street, will be closed for Bridge repairs, Joplin to Bellevue. There will be a detour set up on Clark Street. The city is very excited about the 2nd phase of the Viaduct being completed and would like to thank Pat Collins, Leonard Vanetta and everyone at county for saving this Historical Monument.  Thank you for your patience during these repairs.