Garden City Police Department

  • Agency: Garden City Police Department
  • Address: 301 East 50th Street, Garden City, 83714 ID
  • Chief: James Bensley (Chief of Police)
Phone: 208-472-2950
Fax: 208-472-2997

Garden City Police Department is located at 301 East 50th Street, Garden City, 83714 ID. The Chief of Police of the department is James Bensley. The Garden City Police Department phone number is 208-472-2950.

Garden City Police Department News

Congratulations to our newest officer, Aaron Rosen! Officer Rosen graduated from POST academy today and will be hitting the streets starting tomorrow, providing S.E.R.V.I.C.E. to the citizens of Garden City.

Date: June 22, 2018 Boise Music Fest GARDEN CITY- With the Boise Music Festival about to take over Expo Idaho this Saturday (June 23rd) we’d like to share some tips on how to have a fun and safe experience. Plan ahead for traffic congestion, both entering and leaving Expo Idaho, no matter what time you decide to arrive. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend, so expect getting in and out of the parking lot to be a challenge. Consider carpooling if you know anybody else who is going, or find someone to give you a ride. The pick-up and drop-off area is the parking lot at Hawks Stadium. No cars will be allowed in the main parking area after 8:30 p.m. but they will be able to get to the pick-up area. We are asking all motorists who find themselves by Expo Idaho on Saturday to keep a sharp watch out for pedestrians. We expect lots of people will be milling around in what is already one of the busiest traffic corridors in all of Idaho, so we are asking drivers to be extra careful. That goes for bicyclists and pedestrians as well. Please stay on sidewalks, use crosswalks and obey all traffic signals so we can all be safer. Once you make it into the festival, please make sure to drink lots of liquids and stay hydrated. The weather forecast calls for sun and temperatures approaching 81 degrees. So wear a hat, stay hydrated and use sunscreen. You will be much happier the next day. Alcohol, intense Idaho summer sun, and hot weather don’t mix so well, so the safest thing to do is to avoid drinking alcohol at all. If you do plan on drinking alcohol, please make arrangements for a designated driver or to be picked up. The festival starts at 10 a.m. and wraps up by 10 p.m. Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Garden City Police, Boise Fire Department and Ada County Paramedics are all working together to try to make this year’s festival the safest one yet. Let’s all work together to make that happen.

Detective Jim O'Gorman was awarded the 6th annual Men In Top Tier Award from Advocates Against Family Violence. Nominees for this award must be a man whose involvement with the community positively affects the lives of children, families, and/or embodies the mission of our agency. We couldn't agree more. Congratulations, OG!

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Date: Thursday June 14, 2018 Attempted Burglary Arrest Garden City - Garden City Police located and arrested a Nampa man for several counts of at­ tempted burglary. Details: Garden City Police received several reports of vehicle and residential burglaries around the Atwater and River Beach Lane area. Investigators learned the suspects were likely targeting this area over the last week and looking for unsecured residences and vehicles during the nighttime hours. An investigative task force was convened consisting of members of the Garden City Police Department in order to locate and apprehend the suspects. In the early morning hours of June 14th, members of the task force located a male subject wear­ing dark clothing attempting to gain entry to several vehicles in the area. Officers attempted to contact the subject and a short foot pursuit ensued. Officers caught up to the male in the back­ yard of a residence and a struggle took place. The suspect was ultimately taken into custody. The suspect was identified as James Hunter Hyde ( 25) of Nampa. At the time of his apprehension, Hyde was on felony probation for burglary, grand theft and possession of a controlled substance. The suspect and one officer sustained minor injuries as a result of the struggle. The suspect was treated and later booked into the Ada County Jail for the following charges. • Attempted Burglary X 5 (Felony) • Resist and Obstruction (misdemeanor) Lt. Tom Patterson stated; "This is a great example of the police department working closely with our community members to identify and combat problems. We take great pride in provid­ing excellent S.E. R.V.1.C. E. to the members of our community. If you're going to commit crimes in Garden City, we will locate you and take you to jail." Hyde will be arraigned in Magistrates Court on Friday at 1:00 PM.

CHIEF RICHARD K. ALLEN OF THE GARDEN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES POST EXECUTIVE CERTIFICATE Meridian, ID – Peace Officer Standards & Training Council Chairman Jeffrey A. Lavey presented Chief Richard K. Allen the POST Executive Certificate—the highest certificate warded to peace officers in this state. Chief Allen started his law enforcement career on May 17, 1993 as a reserve officer for the Garden City Police Department. He accepted a police officer position 1994 and transferred to Criminal Investigations in 1996. Chief Allen was promoted to management level positions as Operations Captain in 2002 and then, Deputy Chief of Police in 2009. He was appointed Chief of the Garden City Police Department in March of 2015. Chief Allen’s initial Idaho POST certification was a Reserve Level I certification. He now holds Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Management Peace Officer certifications. Chief Allen completed Northwestern University Police Staff and Command in 2005 and attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, graduating with honors in 2010. In addition to attending law enforcement training and academies, Chief Allen attended Boise State University and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 1994. He also received a Master of Arts degree in Management, Emphasis in Organizational Leadership from American Military University in 2014, graduating with distinguished honors. The Executive Certificate was presented to Chief Allen at the Garden City Council meeting, in Garden City, Idaho, on Monday, June 11, 2018.

CHIEF RICHARD K. ALLEN OF THE GARDEN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES POST EXECUTIVE CERTIFICATE Meridian, ID – Peace Officer Standards & Training Council Chairman Jeffrey A. Lavey presented Chief Richard K. Allen the POST Executive Certificate—the highest certificate warded to peace officers in this state. Chief Allen started his law enforcement career on May 17, 1993 as a reserve officer for the Garden City Police Department. He accepted a police officer position 1994 and transferred to Criminal Investigations in 1996. Chief Allen was promoted to management level positions as Operations Captain in 2002 and then, Deputy Chief of Police in 2009. He was appointed Chief of the Garden City Police Department in March of 2015. Chief Allen’s initial Idaho POST certification was a Reserve Level I certification. He now holds Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Management Peace Officer certifications. Chief Allen completed Northwestern University Police Staff and Command in 2005 and attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, graduating with honors in 2010. In addition to attending law enforcement training and academies, Chief Allen attended Boise State University and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 1994. He also received a Master of Arts degree in Management, Emphasis in Organizational Leadership from American Military University in 2014, graduating with distinguished honors. The Executive Certificate was presented to Chief Allen at the Garden City Council meeting, in Garden City, Idaho, on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Date: June 10, 2018 Garden City Man Arrested for Kidnapping and Rape GARDEN CITY- On June 9, 2018, at 8:29 PM, Garden City Police were dispatched to a Rape Just Occurred on Remington Street in Garden City. The incident occurred in a residence. The fe­male adult victim fled the residence and went to a neighboring residence where the police were called. Police learned that the victim knew the assailant, who was identified as Douglas Ray Kaufman (59 years of age) of Garden City. Police located and detained Kaufman at the scene. Garden City Police Investigators responded to the scene to investigate. The investigation revealed evidence consistent with the victim being restrained with zip ties and tape. Investigators also learned Kaufman was listed as a registered sex offender in Ada County. The victim was transported to an area hospital where she was treated for non life threatening injuries. Garden City Police placed Kaufman under arrest and booked him into the Ada County Jail for the following charges: 1. Rape (Felony) 2. 2"d Degree Kidnapping (Felony) Kaufman will be arraigned on Monday June 11,2018, at 1:30 PM.

Parents - be aware that baby monitors can be hacked and used to observe you.

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The 100 Deadliest Days are underway and Idaho has already had seven fatal crashes.

Just drive.

Thanks to Sprint for making our Friday a little sweeter!

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Weather warning: ...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR CENTRAL BOISE...SOUTHWESTERN VALLEY AND NORTHEASTERN ELMORE COUNTIES UNTIL 300 PM MDT... At 202 PM MDT, Doppler radar was tracking a cluster of strong thunderstorms over the central Idaho Mountains near Lowman, moving northwest at 35 mph. Dime size hail and wind gusts up to 40 mph will be possible with this storm. This strong thunderstorm will be near... Idaho Highway 21 and Banks to Lowman Road by 2:15 pm. The storms will reach Hardscrabble Campground, Trail Creek Summit and Sulphur Creek Ranch around 230 PM MDT. Boiling Springs, Silver Creek Work Center, Monumental Peak and Deadwood Summit around 240 PM MDT. Warm Lake around 250 PM MDT. Cascade, Horsethief Reservoir, Cascade Reservoir and Big Creek Summit around 300 PM MDT. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with these storms. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.

This is a serious recall pertaining to cruise control issues for Chrylser, Dodge, Jeep and Ram models.

Memorial Day weekend begins the "100 deadliest days" of driving. The following is a press release from ISP: Idaho is about to enter the annual "100 Deadliest Days of Driving," the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. In 2017, 90 people died on Idaho's roadways during that timeframe. Local and State law enforcement agencies are teaming up to educate Idahoans on the best ways to arrive alive at your destination. During the 100 Deadliest Days, Idaho State Police will team up with local law enforcement agencies and deploy across the region to aggressively apprehend impaired drivers. Troopers and officers will be looking for motorists driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and other substances - as well as aggressive drivers - to enhance public safety. Idaho law enforcement agencies want to remind drivers of the simple things that can save your life and the lives of your loved ones. In coordination with the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety, we are working toward zero impaired deaths. - Buckle up - it's the best defense if you're in a crash - Slow down, be patient. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going. - Drive sober! Impaired driving is a leading cause of accidents and resulting injuries and deaths on our roadways. Law enforcement will be watching closely this summer for signs of impaired driving. - Just drive. Put down your phone and other distractions such as food. - Give yourself some distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Use the three-second rule. - Promptly report suspected impaired drivers and other hazardous drivers to law enforcement.

If you are heading out tomorrow for the long weekend, be aware that the weather could be an issue.

Wow! Look at this amazing cake that Ada County Dispatch dropped off for night shift. Thanks for all you do to support GCPD!