The Community Policing Unit (CPU), is commanded by Lieutenant Jason Chase. is comprised of two sergeants. There are three motorcycle officers, two K-9 officers, two community service officers, municipal court bailiff, and four school resource officers. The Community Policing Unit is also responsible for the Animal Control Officers.
Sergeant Michael Kerley is responsible for the supervision of the traffic unit; which is comprised of the motorcycle unit, K-9 unit and the municipal court bailiff. Sergeant Lana Urteaga is responsible for the supervision of the school resource officers, the community resource officers and the animal control officers.
Two school resource officers are assigned to the Garden City High School and one each at the Horace Good Middle School and Kenneth Henderson Middle School. The school resource officers work closely with school administrators in an effort to create a safer environment for both students and staff.
The community service officer works closely with members of the community and utilizes community policing strategies along with traditional policing methods to develop solutions to the immediate underlying conditions that contribute to crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.
The department’s activities in community policing and crime prevention are coordinated through the Community Services Officer, under the direction of the Community Policing Unit Commander. The department conducts various public information and community relations programs to establish direct contacts with the community. These are aimed at eliciting public support and identifying crime-related concerns in the community.
The Community Services Officer (CSO) will:
• Coordinate and conduct programs and presentations related to crime prevention.
• Educational school presentations and programs.
• Bicycle, pedestrian, and teen-driving safety.
• Business security surveys, crime prevention, Crime Stoppers Inc., and business locator updates.
• Provide department tours.
• Coffee With A Cop.
• Oversee training for USD 457 crossing guards.
• Peace Officers Memorial Day, National Night Out and Citizens' Police Academy.
Canine (K-9) Unit
In July 1998, The Garden City Police Department started a Police Service Dog Program. This program was funded with proceeds from asset forfeiture funds and public donations. The department currently has two K-9 officers, Officer Richard Colburn, who is partnered with K-9 Leroy and Officer Christopher Seeman, who is partnered with K-9 Johnny.
On September 25, 1923, Chief Richardson hired Roland Terwilliger as the department's first Motor Officer. There were no other known Motor Officers until 2008. In 2008 the Department purchased four 2002 Kawasaki Police 1000 motorcycles. In 2010 the Department obtained an additional two Kawasaki Police KZ1000 motorcycles with plans to expand the Unit to 6 Motor Officers. Primary duties of the Motor Unit include: Traffic Enforcement, Accident Investigation and other special duties such as Escorts and Parades. In July 2014 the department purchased two 2014 Victory Commander motorcycles to begin replacing the fleet of Kawasaki KZ1000’s.