Sergeant’s Safety Tip

When you are travelling north bound at 7th and Main, it is the tendency of most east bound turning drivers to courteously pull to the right before executing the turn. Unfortunately the next northbound vehicle will inevitably pull up right to the line, or past it, causing your field of vision to deteriorate. Naturally drivers will creep forward to see better. This has on several occasions caused many accidents in this intersection.

The second circumstance which tends to happen is a north bound driver will pull up to the line correctly to initiate an east bound turn, simultaneously another driver will pull to the right to initiate an east bound turn as well. The first driver will be focused to the west monitoring traffic and execute their turn striking the second vehicle.

Main Street is a two lane roadway with one north and one south bound lane. The widened area is simply an easement for large commercial vehicles to be able to execute the east bound turn without having to encroach on the westbound traffic.

If you have any questions on this, do not hesitate to contact us!

Stay Safe!

Sgt. Blaine Cornelius

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Galena Police Department Teams Up for Drug Take Back Event

[Columbus, Kansas] – On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Galena Police Department will join the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement agencies across the country to give the public its 14th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Residents can drop off their unwanted drugs at Apple Market in Columbus, Marvin’s IGA in Baxter Springs or the Galena City Hall.

“This program has proven successful locally and nationwide,” according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

Last April Americans turned in 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds of pills.

“With the high prevalence of prescription drug abuse and the opioid crisis, an initiative like the Drug Take Back Program helps address a vital public safety and public health issue.  We know the longer medicines languish in homes, they more susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse they become.”

“In addition to those who choose to abuse or misuse prescription drugs, we also have concerns about children or others accidentally getting a hold of those drugs and unintentionally overdosing.  The Drug Take Back Program provides a safe way for residents to dispose of drugs without introducing them into our waterways,” concluded Sheriff Groves.


City of Galena is Accepting Sealed Bids

The City of Galena is accepting sealed bids for an Animal Control box. This is the box off of the old Chevy Animal Control Vehicle. The box measures: 68 ¼“ 96 3/8” at the top of the box. This box has 2 large animal compartments in the rear, and 2 smaller animal compartments on each side. It also has a tool/utility compartment that is accessible from both sides and extends all the way through.

This box is at the City Lot located at 12th and Wood Street in Galena. If you would like to look at it before bidding you can contact Public Works at (620) 783-1991.

The bids have to be sealed in an envelope and turned into the City Clerk’s office no later than 4:00 PM Friday September 1, 2017.


One in custody after Assault at local residence


On July 28th, 2017 at approximately 8:45 in the evening; Officers of the Galena Police Department were alerted to a disturbance in the 900 block of Joplin Street. Two individuals at that location had been assaulted. One of the victims was seriously injured and subsequently transported to the hospital for his injuries. An extensive search was conducted by on duty patrol officers, reserve officers, and citizens.

At 01:10 the morning of the 29th the suspect, identified as Bryan Keith Nelson, Age 40 of Batesville, AR, was apprehended hiding in an alley a few blocks from the incident. He was transported to the Cherokee County Jail where he is being held for Aggravated Battery. His bond has been set at $5000.00. Nelson is also being held for an outstanding warrant through the Galena Municipal Court on a bond for $1500.00, and will further be held pending extradition to Jasper County to appear on two additional warrants there.

Thank you to the citizens of Galena for your vigilance and timely reports of the suspect’s movements through the area. This is a perfect example of the positive effects of citizen and police partnerships.

Galena Police Department Explorer Program

Galena Police Departments


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


Reserve Police Officer

The Galena Police Department is seeking highly motivated individuals from the community and beyond to join our ranks as a member of our Reserve Officer Corps. Reserves are fully uniformed and armed officers. They work as a force multiplier to assist full and part time officers with the suppression of criminal activity in our community. Reserve Officers also assist with special events such as parades, ball games, community policing, and the annual Galena Days festival. The Reserve Officer candidate MUST be able to devote no less than 16 hours monthly to the agency. This includes one mandatory training meeting each month and potential court appearances. Candidates will be subjected to a criminal background check as well as an oral board and peer evaluation before taking an oath as a Reserve Officer. No experience is necessary, however the drive to support your community is! You must be 21 years of age and able to legally own and possess a firearm with no felony or domestic violence convictions.

Do you have what it takes to be a member of our team?

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Addendum to Application

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The Galena Police Department.

Service with Honor!



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


Galena Police Departments Toys for Kids

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On November 19, 2016 the Galena Police Department held a Boot Block on the corner of 7th and Main Street in Galena, KS. This was in effort to raise money to buy toys for children within the community. Through the Boot Block and a donation from Myra with Carlisle Real Estate, the Police Department was able to raise over $2100.00 for the Toys for Kids event held at the Spring Grove School every year. The Toys were handed out to the Kids on Wednesday December 14, 2016 through the help of Volunteers Dorothy Allen, Deana Hill and Mark Williams which are all instrumental in making this event a continued success.