Garnett Police Department

  • Agency: Garnett Police Department
  • Address: 131 W 5th Ave, Garnett, 66032 KS
  • Chief:
Phone: 785-448-6823
Fax: 785-448-0088

Garnett Police Department is located at 131 W 5th Ave, Garnett, 66032 KS. The Garnett Police Department phone number is 785-448-6823.

Garnett Police Department News

The phone lines are not working for the police department. For non-emergency calls, dial 7854486823 to reach Dispatch. For emergency calls , the number is 911. Hopefully this will get corrected tomorrow.

Hope everyone will be safe this weekend with the bitter cold! We understand most of you will want to celebrate the new year, and if you must be out and about, dress warmly, have fun, and celebrate! However, remember, just because it's gonna be cold and a holiday, Law Enforcement Officers will be out doing thier jobs like normal, so buckle up and PLEASE don't drink and drive! We want you to be around for the new year! Make sure you remember your pets and make sure they stay warm as well.

The Garnett Police Department is having new phones/internet installed this week. It appears it is almost transition time, so here is hoping to no issues. If you need to contact us and our phones are down during this transition time, call Dispatch at 448-6823. And as always, if you have an emergency, the number is 911.

However, or whatever, you celebrate, the Officers at the Garnett Police Department wish everyone a safe and blessed Happy Holidays!

A Good Samaritan turned in found money to us today. It was found around the downtown square around lunchtime today. Message us with the amount and denominations to claim it.

Stop by the fire station and have some all-you-can-eat chili, potato soup and vegetable beef soup as well as some cake, cookies and drinks. Then, watch the annual Christmas parade and lighting ceremony. Santa will be at the fire station after the parade. The Ladies Auxiliary is collecting nonperishable items so bring some with you if you can and we will donate it to the ministerial alliance. We will also accept donations for the ECKAN toy drive so bring an unwrapped toy for a special boy or girl. $6 for adults. $3 for kids under 12.

Beginning Monday, November 20, through Sunday, November 26, Garnett Police Department will join many other police agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the Kansas Thanksgiving Safe Arrival 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. According to KDOT, which tracks all crashes in the state, in comparison with other holidays, the Thanksgiving holiday period (Wednesday-Sunday) outranks all other major holidays (including the Super Bowl) in 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, three persons are injured every day, and one person is killed every three days in alcohol/drug-related crashes each day. And the crashes tend to be more severe. 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, where alcohol is cited as a contributing factor, 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 themselves, 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. 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.”

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the Garnett Police Department was called to the Anderson County Jr/Sr High School for a report of threats. There, we were told a student made threats of bringing a gun to school and conducting a school shooting. Through our investigation, it was determined these “threats” were started as in inappropriate joke. Through the rumor mill, this joke was manipulated and exacerbated to the point the joke now seemed as a credible threat to other students. While there is no law in place for telling an inappropriate joke, there is school policy regarding student conduct. The student whom told the joke was dealt with accordingly as per school policy. On Wednesday, November 01, 2017, the Garnett Police Department was made aware of more threats of a school shooting at the Anderson County Jr/Sr High School. Through that investigation, there was no evidence of any threats to the school. This “threat” was tracked to one particular student who played a part in the first rumor starting. Through the investigation conducted by the Garnett Police Department, with assistance from Anderson County Jr/Sr High School Administration, it seems both of these “threats” started as a fictitious story that was exacerbated through the rumor mill. Even though there was no evidence of any validated threat to the school, Officers from the Garnett Police Department and Deputies of the Anderson County Sheriff Office were at the school throughout the school day on Wednesday. While at the school Wednesday, it was reported to administration that another student (not associated with either prior threat), was making gestures of having a gun on him. Through that investigation, the student stated he was “messing around” when he made a pump-action motion and placing a pencil in his hand as if it were a gun barrel and saying “bang” while pointing it at another student’s head. That student was dealt with according to school policy. Throughout the investigations, it has been determined no legitimate threat was ever made to any student of the school, but rather inappropriate jokes were developed into threats through rumors. As always, the safety of the public and our children is the number one goal of the Garnett Police Department, the Anderson County Sheriff Department, and USD 365.

Great information from the KBI about precautions to take while trick-or-treating tomorrow.

Don't forget the races are tomorrow at North Lake!

For all you Craigslist users, there is a new scam out there. We just had a report from a citizen where he was trying to sell an item on the site. A "buyer" sent him a check for well over the asking amount, then requested he cash the check, keep the money for the item he was selling, then give them the extra cash back. This person was smart. They went to their bank, and requested to see if the check was good. The bank then contacted the "buyers" bank and was told it was not good. This person would have been out of a good deal of money had he not checked beforehand. Please people, don't be taken in by this stuff. Do your homework. Check with your bank and/or the "buyer's" bank if dealing with checks. Cash in hand is always the better deal, but you also have to be careful of counterfeit money. The following link is a good website that tells you how to check for real or counterfeit money. Protect yourselves and your bank accounts from these people.

Seat belts save lives.

Gates are open at CORNSTOCK. Remember to bring your chairs and ID (no matter your age it is required to drink). Come out and enjoy. And have a sober driver.

Please pay attention in the construction/work zones. It is marked by warning signs and cones. The maximum speed limit is 30 MPH all the way thru the zone and is clearly marked. It does not matter if it is 12 noon or 12 midnight, the zone is in effect and does not matter if people are working thru it or not. It is zoned off and speed enforced for the safety of any workers, and for the general public as well. The lanes are narrowed and veer slightly, and can cause some confusion for drivers, especially for out of town people. We want all people to be safe, and speeding and/or driving recklessly thru a work zone can place anyone in danger. This area is heavily enforced, with some drivers being checked at more than 30 MPH OVER the limit. Normally, work zone fines are doubled, which means that you could receive a fine of up to $490.00 (including court costs) or even a mandatory court appearance. I'm not sure about you, but I can think of better things to do with my money.

There will be a heavy Police presence in the 100 blk S Pine Street today. Have no fear, it is training only. You might hear some yelling and muffled bangs if you are in the area. Practice makes perfect.

Today is city wide garage sale day. Here's to no pursuits through town! But on a serious note, be careful while driving around town. It never fails we have a lot of accidents today because people get in a hurry and are not paying attention. The rules of the road still apply--drive and park on the correct side of the road and things will go smoothly. Happy hunting!

We have had a large number of vehicle burglaries reported within the past two weeks. It appears as if the targeted vehicles are not locked and entered with the intent to locate money. While inside, other valuables are taken. It appears the majority of these burglaries are being done between midnight and 0300 hrs. Please lock your vehicles and pay attention to any valuables you have in them. And if you see anything suspicious, call.


HOME RUN DRIVE IS CLOSED for all you GES parents and teachers. All GES traffic will have to enter from Maple St for the time being. We will open Home Run Drive as soon as it is safe to do so, but it is expected not to be open until after school starts. If you didn't know already, it's pouring outside. And has been for a few hours. And is expected to for the next 2-3 hours. There is running water everywhere and it is deep. At 1st & Maple, there is approximately 4'' of water across the intersection. The edges of Maple are mini-rivers. Cedar Valley Reservoir is closed due to flooding. Please, take your time and be careful this morning on your commute.

FOUND: Set of keys at the depot. If you think they are yours, please call 785-448-6823 to identify and claim them. Thank you.

Tomorrow is the first day of school in Garnett. Please be mindful of the school zones (20 mph means 20 mph) and be extra aware of your surroundings as there will be heavy foot traffic along the trail and GES. Also, anywhere in Garnett where you encounter a stopped school bus with its flashing signs means you shall stop--no exceptions. Children are our greatest gift, so let's do everything we can to protect them. And good luck to all the students!

We advertised a DUI Check Lane occurring on August 11, 2017, between 2200-2359 hrs at the intersection of U-59 & K31. During that time, 87 vehicles (every southbound vehicle) were stopped heading into Garnett with the average time of stop less than 1 minute. Of those drivers contacted, 4 drivers were tested for impairment with one arrested for DUI. There was also an arrest for two drug charges. 16 warnings were given for equipment violations. During the check lane, a Runaway was detained from Franklin County which had not yet been reported as this child was not known to be missing by their family at the time of the contact. Their parents were contacted and arrived shortly thereafter to take custody of their child. The point of these check lanes is to deter driving under the influence. If this lane kept one person from driving intoxicated, it succeeded. Since we were able to take one intoxicated person off of the road who had been driving, even better.

You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. Be warned that during the period, August 17 through Labor Day, September 4, Garnett Police Department 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. According to Garnett Police Department, This campaign is intended to remind drivers of several things: 1. If you’re going to drink while away from home, do it responsibly by looking ahead and lining up a designated driver before leaving home. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until it’s time to go home to start asking around. Chances are, if you do that you’ll wind up with someone who may just be “more sober” than yourself, but not sober enough. 2. Think of a family you know – maybe your own. Now, consider how it would be to wake up every day to the memory of your decision to drive after drinking – a decision which unintentionally brought injury or death to one of them. If you’re driving impaired, you are not only more likely to crash, but you are much more likely to cause serious injury or death to yourself and others when you do crash. 3. Even if you appear to be driving well enough to get by, you may still be pulled over for another traffic offence. If this happens and the officer detects alcohol you will be tested. If you fail the testing process you’re looking at a fine of $500-$2,500; up to one year in jail; the suspension of your driver’s license; increased insurance premiums; and the purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device in your car. Imagine not being able to start your car without blowing into the interlock’s alcohol sensor several times during an afternoon’s errands. How do you explain to your boss why you cannot drive a company vehicle? Add in an attorney’s fees and you can tie up $13,000 or more before all is said and done. Don’t take the chance; it’s not worth it. 4. 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. 5. You can count on this department to vigorously enforce impaired driving and other traffic laws, not just during this campaign, but through the year. 6. Always remember that the best protection against a drunk driver (even when it’s yourself) is the use of seat belts and appropriate child restraints – every trip, every time. Restraints save lives and reduce injury severity across a wide range of driving mistakes and mishaps. ####

This morning, officers were able to locate those responsible for the criminal damage to the school. Probable Cause Affidavits are being forwarded to the Anderson County Attorney asking for charges of Criminal Damage to Property against two local juvenile females. We would like to thank you, the public, for sharing this post and the tips that were generated.