Q. How can I report an abandoned vehicle?
A. A person may call the Police Department to report an abandoned vehicle. An
officer will be dispatched and will place a notice on the vehicle informing the
owner that the car will be towed if not moved within a 48-hour period. The
officer will return after a 48-hour period. If the vehicle has not been moved,
the officer will impound the vehicle.
Q. What should I do if I've been involved in a traffic accident?
A. A person should first ensure that no one is injured. If no one is injured,
all parties (drivers) should exchange information: driver's license numbers (if
in possession or known), vehicle license numbers, names, addresses, and phone
numbers of all drivers (passengers, if possible), and the names of the insurance
companies of the drivers involved. The involved persons should also write down
the location where the traffic collision occurred (utilizing cross street names
or addresses and street names) and the time it occurred.
Q. What are the reporting requirements if I've been involved in
a traffic accident?
A. A traffic collision report will be taken by the Police Department when one
of the following reporting criteria is met:
a person involved in the traffic collision has been injured
(complaining of pain is considered injury) or dies
one of the drivers is under the influence of alcohol or
one of the drivers has fled the location without stopping to
exchange information or check on the welfare of the other
city or county property is involved (city vehicle, light
post, signal light, etc.)
damage in excess of $1000.00 has been done.
Q. How do I make a traffic accident report?
A. To make a traffic accident report, a person only needs to contact the Police
Department and an officer will be dispatched to take the report and investigate
the accident. A person can contact the Police Department by calling one of the
911, in an emergency
Police - 785-762-5912
Q. How can I report child abuse?
A. Call your local Police Department, Sheriff's Office, or Social Services
Department. To contact SRS for the Geary County area the phone number is
1-888-369-4777 or, if the abuse continues, make an emergency call to 911.
You can also contact the Crisis Center at 785-762-8835 or
Q. How can I report elder abuse?
A. "Elder physical abuse" is defined as a situation where any person who has
the care or custody of, or who stands in a position of trust with an elder,
willfully inflicts upon that elder any cruel or inhuman corporal punishment or
injury. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, direct beatings, sexual
assault, unreasonable physical constraint, or prolonged deprivation of food or
water. To report elder abuse, call your Police Department, Sheriff's Office, or
Social Services Department. To contact SRS for the Geary County area the phone
number is 1-888-369-4777, or if the abuse continues, make an emergency
call to 911.
Q. When should I use 911 versus 7-digit telephone lines?
A. Call 911 when there is a life or death emergency that requires the
immediate response of emergency service such as police, fire, or paramedic.
Always call 911 when there is a medical problem or something that
requires any of the emergency services to respond. Emergency services include
the Sheriff, Police, ambulance, and Fire Departments.
When there is a situation that requires Police response but is
not an emergency, use the non-emergency 7-digit telephone numbers:
Q. How can I call 911 at all times?
A. All 911 calls are received by Police Dispatchers who are trained to
screen calls quickly and efficiently. When calling to report a non-emergency
incident, dial the operator and ask for a non-emergency police line. this does
not require money when calling from a pay phone.
Dial 911 (on a pay phone it is not necessary to
Tell the 911 operator what you need--ambulance, fire
truck, or the police.
Be calm. When a caller is upset, it is hard to understand
what he or she is saying or to get vital information quickly.
Stay on the phone. Do not hang up!
Give your name and address. If your address is different
from the location of the crimes, be sure to let the operator
If possible, give the operator suspect description, weapons
( if any), and vehicle descriptions and license.
Emergency operators will verify your address and telephone to
ensure that the telephone company address that is sent with the call is current
and accurate. People living in mobile home parks or on private roads often
have addresses that differ from the telephone company street addresses.