Galena Police Department Explorer Program

Galena Police Departments

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Explorer Program!

When: Friday July 28th

Time: 08:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Ages:  14 – 17

Both Males & Females are encouraged to attend

Click here for more Information

 

The Galena Police Department would like to thank: Caseys General Store, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, and Beans Towing, for assisting in making this event possible

 

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”

 

Corporal’s Corner

Patrol Corporal Blaine Cornelius #204

Corporal Blaine Cornelius #204

A concerned citizen recently posed a question to our department inquiring how finding marijuana and a handgun during a search warrant was a success. While we are proud of the work we do to counter criminal activity in Galena, the word “success” has not been a part of any of our vocabulary, and it is merely just a step in the right direction. The gravity of the drug problem and socioeconomic stress on our community is not lost on us.

Citizens of our town, our neighbors, our friends, and our families, are being jailed and prosecuted for breaking laws subsequent to their pursuit of that next “bump” or “high”. Citizens of our community, outlying communities, other states, regions and even other countries are exploiting our populace in an effort to make their selves rich or at least a little better off.

Our demographic, unfortunately, is ripe for the picking. There are very few of us who can honestly say, we haven’t in some way been personally affected by the abuse of illicit substances. Unfortunately, even knowing this, very few of us will ever feel the call to combat the problem. “Those aren’t my kids”, “It’s none of my business”, and “I’m scared of retribution”, are all common themes which prevail in the vocabulary of far too many of us.

Investigations in to all sorts of crimes metabolize in just as many different ways. Leads and cooperation from the community are our biggest asset. We can’t be everywhere at the same time. This is my 13th year in Law Enforcement and my fifth year serving the citizenry of Galena. I have spent the majority of my shifts on patrol as the sole “protector” of roughly 3,000 citizens. Daytime, nighttime, dawn or dusk, it was just me, or one of my brothers or sisters on your beat much of the time. I once had a former council member approach me in public and tell me, a lowly patrolman at the time, if I didn’t do something about the thefts; he was going to “cut my funding”.

My reply, not so elegant at the time, was basically, “how can you make it any worse?” Because, let me tell you, my stories are plenty and by no means unique. I have been in fights with no backup for miles in any direction; I have done CPR on one of our citizens for so long, I could barely lift my arms the next day; I have held guys twice my size at gun-point begging them to not make me kill them, because I knew if I didn’t they could kill me; I have disarmed a meth raging lunatic on the side of the highway armed with an AK-47; I’ve gone forward when everything in me said run away. I have, more than one time, stripped my uniform off in the garage for fear of contaminating my own home and children with the toxicity of the scene I had just left.  I have shed tears with you, shed tears for you, and prayed with, and for, a lot of you and I will do it *all* again tomorrow and so will every one of the people who dress just like me every day.

Every once in a while, the stars align and we do something big, the right pieces of the puzzle fall into place at the right time and we manage a substantial seizure or we solve a big case and there are many of you, who still can’t be satisfied or choose not to be satisfied. That’s ok, neither are we; while we may have won a small battle, the war rages on. There is no success in that. There is no success when our investigations lead to a small child screaming at us to not “kill their parents”. You can’t seize enough drugs, cash or guns, to ever take the sting out of that!

The focus of the Galena Police Department, no matter our manpower, is protection of life and property, service to the public, and the suppression of criminal activity. While we hold a certain amount of discretion, Illegal drug activity will not be tolerated. One day, the prohibition of marijuana may be repealed in the State of Kansas. That day has not yet come however, and until it does, the possession, use, cultivation and distribution of such will not be permitted. Just the same as speeding in school zones and running stop signs or red-lights are not allowed, neither are any illegal substances, no matter the popular opinion of them. We don’t always agree with the laws. We sure don’t make the laws. We will however, enforce the laws to the best of our ability with the utmost respect toward the constitution.

Some lingering questions remain which were also posed to me today. Inquiring minds are curious about our turnover rate and what they can do for us to assist in the retention of our ranks. Truthfully, not much; people are going to come and go. Certain individuals come here merely for experience and certification, then move on where they feel the grass will be greener. Others will come to the conclusion police work is not for them and will leave the field completely. Some make mistakes to a degree their continued employment would be a liability to the city.

This is a stress realized by every department, large and small. We do our best to select the best candidates for open positions. Nationwide, law enforcement agencies are struggling to fill their empty patrol positions it’s not just us. The benefits must reward the position. I have never heard a cop in our area talk about how rich they were so the benefits must lie somewhere else. What you can do as a community is simply give us your support. Cookies and pies are a nice touch, but please, only in moderation. We can’t afford to keep buying larger gun belts. Fruit baskets people! Please! Best of all, smile and wave, take the time to get to know us personally. We can prove to you, the disconnect you feel with our position is irrational once you get to know the person who holds it.

I think I have hit all the high points of the discussion at hand and if you have stuck with me this long, I applaud you. You are obviously concerned about our community enough to listen to me ramble. Therefore, I would like to invite you in to a partnership with us to assist in our endeavor to curb criminal activity within your neighborhoods. There is no person, more intimately familiar, who has any greater investment to do so than you the citizen. Take ownership of your security back. When you see something, say something without hesitation. Let us know when you feel criminal activity is afoot immediately. Gather intelligence for us and be our eyes and ears when our eyes and ears are occupied somewhere else.

When the citizenry realizes its potential as a force multiplier to its police force, the criminal element will be put on notice. Until then, we will just keep doing the best we can.

Corporal Blaine Cornelius

 

GPD Officers Taking the Plunge for Special Olympics

The Galena Police Department is putting together a team to take the plung for the Special Olympics Kansas. This is the First Year the Police Department will partisipate in this event.

We are asking for your help. We have set a team goal of $500.00 and we need your help to accomplish it. You can do this by making a donation to the Special Olympics Kansas on our behalf. Any amount would be appreciated!. All of it goes t a great cause and every dollar and cent gets us closer to our team goal.

If you wish to support our team by making a donation you can follow the link:

This is fast , convenient and safe way to sponsor us via your debit or credit card. If you wish to make a donation by check, please make your check payable to SOKS and return the check to one of the team members or the Police Department.

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support his fundraising efforts.  Many thanks for your support — and don’t forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

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Please click here to support the Special Olympics through the Galena Police Department by donating today!!!

Galena Police Department Polar Plunge 2017

 

City of Galena Christmas Party

Friday December 16, 2016 the City of Galena held their annual Christmas Party. During this event the following employees were recognized for their outstanding service to the City throughout the past year.

Public Works Department:

  • Bill Hamlin Certificate of Appreciation
  •  Jason Charles Certificate of Appreciation
  • Lonnie Atkins Certificate of Appreciation

City Clerk’s Office:

  • Janine Hayward Certification of Appreciation
  • David Barry Certification of Appreciation.

Galena Police Department:

  • Matthew Smith Officer of the Quarter (4th Quarter)
  • Michael Lewis Traffic Safety Officer 2016
  •  Blaine Cornelius Leadership Award 2016
  • Jeff Daugherty Officer of the Year 2016

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Galena Police Department Christmas Boot Block

On Friday November 25th, 2016 the Galena Police Department will be in the intersections of 7th and Main Streets conducting a Boot Block from 7:00 am – 11:00am. They are raising money for the annual Toys for Kids Program.  If you happen to be out during this time please donate what you can and help provide toys to kids during this Christmas Season.

 

Thank You in advance for your participation.

THANKSGIVING TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

For Immediate Release

Beginning Monday, November 21, through Sunday, November 27, The Galena Police Department will join many other police agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the Kansas Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign. A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will underwrite overtime enforcement efforts that specifically aim at removing impaired drivers from our roads and ticketing vehicle occupants who are unrestrained or whose child passengers are unrestrained.

In comparison with other holidays, the Thanksgiving holiday period (Wednesday-Sunday) outranks all but New Year’s in average number of crashes in which driver impairment is cited as a factor.  Those driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs endanger not only themselves, but also others they share the road with – such as their passengers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.  On average, across Kansas, five persons are killed or injured in alcohol/drug-related crashes each day.  And the crashes tend to be more severe.  According to KDOT, which tracks all crashes in the state, vehicle occupants in alcohol- or other drug-related crashes are over 2 ½ times more likely to be injured or killed than those involved in crashes where alcohol or other drugs were not a factor.

Each week across Kansas, over 250 drivers are arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence).  A DUI conviction will result in jail time, the suspension or revocation of driver’s license, a fine of $500 to $2,500, participation in an alcohol or other drug treatment program, and the purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device in the offender’s vehicle.  This device requires the offender to blow into a device that measures blood alcohol concentration prior to starting the car.

Also responsible for needless death and maiming is the failure by many teens and adults to simply buckle up, or to properly buckle up child passengers.  Twice as many Kansans who die from a crash are unrestrained as are restrained.  Even worse is the fact that injuries suffered by those who are unbuckled are likely to be much more severe and disabling than injuries suffered by those who are buckled in.  This applies regardless of speed, and whether the occurrence is on a city street, a county road, or a highway.

“Keep in mind that if you are going to be drinking – any amount at all– don’t even consider driving home.  Arrange to ride with a non-drinking acquaintance.  Don’t let pride or concerns for your convenience endanger your life and the lives of innocent others.”

Letter of Appreciation

Received this message from Candice Wammack and wanted to pass it on.  It is good to know we have officers that care about the community they work; It is great when the community confirms it.

I’m not sure who runs this page or who I could speak to but last Sunday while out for our little annual hayride , officer Cornelius followed us on a back road in empire, he went on as we turned to continue our ride, about 10 minutes later he passed us by the old nursing home in empire, turned around , got behind us on the side road he flipped on his sirens and stopped us… he got out of his car with 2 bags of candy which he ran by the dollar store to grab after seeing us the first time.. he showered the kids with candy and conversation for a few minutes… after wishing the kids a happy Halloween he went on his way and we did the same but every kid on this hay ride was so excited and my kids still are talking about it so please extend our thanks to him for not just patrolling our streets but also interacting with people in such a caring way, we truly appreciate it!!!
Candice Wammack
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Galena Halloween Holiday Events

Here are events going on in Galena for the Halloween holiday:

Wednesday, October 26th

Nazarene Church
5:30 – 7pm
Fall Festival

Monday, October 31st

Halloween Parade
3:30 line up
Pappy Litch Park
*Businesses/organizations not located on Main can also join!

Galena United Methodist Church
5pm
Hotdogs, chips, candy!

6th Street Baptist
5-7pm
Bounce houses, cotton candy, popcorn & more!

1st Baptist Church
6-8pm
Fall Gymboree (candy, popcorn, hot chocolate)

1st Christian Church
6-8pm
Bible Story Carnival (candy, corn dogs, prizes)

Galena Fire Department
6-8pm
Popcorn & candy

*If any times are incorrect, please let me know! And any other events, please comment below!

*It’s so awesome that we have a community filled with people who want to provide our kids with a fun and safe Halloween!!

Ashley Qualls Groves