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.”

Warrant Issued for July Traffic Accident

On October 25, 2017 the Galena Police Department received a warrant from the Cherokee County District Court for Shelby L. Colon of Galena, KS. This warrant is in reference to the traffic accident which occurred the morning of July 6, 2017 that claimed the lives of Charles Burkybile Jr. and Glen A. Roosa. The Cherokee County Attorney has filed two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter, a level 4 person felony in this case.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Ms. Colon you are asked to contact the Galena Police Department or your local Law Enforcement Agency

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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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

 

 

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.

One Arrested during Tuesday evening Search Warrant

On Tuesday July 25, 2017 at approximately 6:30 pm, as a result of an ongoing investigation; officers with the Galena Police Department conducted a search warrant on a residence at 1001 Joplin Street in Galena KS.

While searching the residence, officers discovered suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Also found were paraphernalia used to distribute a controlled substance and a hand gun. Steven W. Davis of the home was taken into custody and transported to the Cherokee County Jail.

Davis was arrested and being held at the Cherokee County Jail on charges of Possessing Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal use of a weapon, Possession of drug paraphernalia used to distribute a controlled substance and Possession with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a public school. His bond is currently $25000.00

 

High Visibility Speed Enforcement

Beginning July 21st thru July 23rd, The Galena Police Department will join other Law Enforcement agencies in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to stop what has been an epidemic that often has fatal consequences, “speeding” on our streets and highways.

In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement across the six-state area will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around city, rural state and federal highways. As speed increases, the severity of crashes increases, leading to a rise in fatalities and/or serious injuries. Officers are educating drivers and passengers regarding the importance of slowing down, using restraints and not driving while impaired.

There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort. Officers will issue citations to any individual who refuses to obey traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, texting, driving while impaired or failing to buckle up.

Chief Charles says, “Even one death is unacceptable. Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up.”

 

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Traffic Accident Claims Life of Two Galena Residents

The Galena Police Department is investigating a vehicle – pedestrian accident which occurred early this morning at 18th and Main Street in Galena, KS.

The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 07:05 a.m. a Silver 2001 Mitsubishi Montero driven by 24 year old Shelby L. Colon, of Galena was driving South on Main Street when she struck Charles W. Burkybile Jr., 66 years old, and Glen A. Roosa 86 years old, both of Galena who were walking north on Main.

Charles Burkybile Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, Glen A. Roosa was transported to Mercy Hospital in Joplin were he later died from his injuries.

The Galena Police Department requested the assistance of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office and the investigation is ongoing at this time.

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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