Traffic Enforcement ” Thanksgiving Safe Arrival”

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will underwrite overtime enforcement efforts through a grant for the Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign.

Starting Monday through Sunday (November 20 – 26, 2017) The Galena Police Department will join the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol and many other agencies across the state to help insure the safe arrival of family and friend to their destinations throughout the holiday weekend.

According to KDOT, the Thanksgiving holiday period outranks all other major holidays in the number of crashes that impairment is cited as a factor. Failure of adults to simply buckle up or to insure child passengers are properly restrained is a contributing factor in severe and/or disabling injuries to include death of passengers involved in crashes. Drivers and passengers in Kansas are twice as likely to be seriously injured or killed in crashes from being unrestrained than ones that are properly restrained.  They go on to state that occupants in alcohol-or other drug related crashes are more than 2 ½ times more likely to be injured or killed.

Arrange a ride with a non-drinking acquaintance if you are plaining on drinking any amount of at all. Drivers, always wear your seatbelt and don’t move the vehicle until each person riding with you is buckled in. This is your best defense against death and injury, it’s their best defense, and it’s the law.   You will live with the consequences – good or bad – the rest of your life.  By always following these simple rules, you can preserve life – maybe your life – and certainly your cash.  You can safely arrive.”

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.

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MOTHER ROAD MARATHON 2017

This is just a reminder that on Sunday October 1st, there will be runners participating in the Mother Road Marathon. The race begins at 7 am and will enter Galena on the West bound lane of  7th  Street (US 66) heading East to Main. From 7th they will head North on main to Front Street and then East on Front to Stateline continuing into Missouri.

North Main Street will be close  from Front Street to 7th for this event, and the West bound lane of 7th (US 66) form Main all the way to Riverton will be reduced to one lane.

This event should be complete by 1:30 PM Sunday afternoon.

We would like to thank all residents for their cooperation during this time and encourage them to come out to watch and cheer on the runners.

 

Part Time Patrol Officer Position

The City of Galena, KS is looking for professional, self-motivated, community oriented, individuals to apply for a Part Time Police Officer positions. Patrol duties include enforcing laws, investigations of crimes, accidents and providing public assistance.

TYPE:  Part Time

SALARY:  Depending on Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

Applicants must have high school diploma or GED, 21 years of age, valid driver’s license, U.S. citizen and no Felony convictions. Applicants must successfully complete a preliminary background check  KLETC preferred but not required. Have ability to communicate well in person, over the phone and the radio with public and other Law Enforcement employees.  Applicants recommended for hire will be required to successfully complete a post offer drug screen, written, psychological, and physical exams.

OBTAINING AN APPLICATION: 

Apply at the City Clerk’s Office, 210 W 7th Street, Galena, KS or print an Application Form, Addendum to Employment Application, Authorization to Release Information from the City Web Site: www.galenaks.gov and/or mail resume to:  City of Galena, c/o Human Resource Dept., 210 Turner Drive, Galena, KS 66739 or email resume to police@galenaks.gov.

The City of Galena is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

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.

 

You Drink, You Drive, You Lose

Be warned that during the period, August 17 through Labor Day, September 4, The Galena Police Departmenthtt will join 150 other local and state police agencies across the state in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk, drugged, and other dangerous drivers from the roadways. Titled, You Drink. You Drive. You Lose., the enforcement campaign is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Kansas averages three persons injured every day, and one person killed every three days, in crashes where at least one of the drivers involved is impaired by alcohol and/or another drug.  According to KDOT, over the past eight years the yearly proportion of fatality crashes attributable to alcohol/drug impairment has fluctuated between 22% and 35%.  The agency also reports that crashes involving impaired drivers are likely to be more severe than are other crashes.  For example, drivers and passengers who are involved in such crashes are more than twice as likely to be non-fatally injured, four times as likely to suffer serious injury, and eight times more likely to die from their injuries, than if impairment is not a factor.

  1. We are asking all citizens on the roadways – drivers and passengers – to watch for suspicious driving behaviors. Note the location, a description of the suspect vehicle, along with its direction of travel, and call 911 as soon as it’s safe to do so. You may save a life.
  2. You can count on this department to vigorously enforce impaired driving and other traffic laws, not just during this campaign, but through the year.
  3. Always remember that Restraints save lives and reduce injury severity across a wide range of driving mistakes and mishaps. A person’s best protection while in a vehicle is the use of seat belts and appropriate child restraints – every trip, every time.

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.

2 Kids Removed From Home Following Drug Raid

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Just after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 27th, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Galena Police Department executed a narcotics related search warrant at 1004 East 9th, in Galena.

While searching the home, investigators seized suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Arrested at the scene were Justin Legg, 31 and 27 year-old Terry Johnson, both of the home. They are currently being held in the Cherokee County Jail on allegations of Possessing Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond has been set at $3,000.00 each.

In addition to the arrests, two children, ages 3 and 6, were taken into protective custody.

According to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves, “One of the biggest concerns we’ve had with this case is the presence of young children in the home, and the living conditions they were subjected to.”

Due to the condition of the home, following the search, the Galena Police Department took action to issue an emergency condemnation of the house.

“I’m glad we were able to remove the kids, at least on a temporary basis, so we can collaborate with other family support agencies and assist in making sure they are safe and properly cared for,” concluded Groves.

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