GCPD to host Academy on Jan. 18

The Garden City Police Department will host its annual Citizens' Police Academy, starting Jan. 18, 2014.

The academy consists of eight sessions that will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Citizens' Police Academy is a program of citizens and law enforcement working together to make Garden City and Finney County a better and safer place to live. The ultimate goal of the program is to enhance the working relationship and communication between members of the community and law enforcement officers.

During the academy, officers will provide information on subjects such as: GCPD hiring process, crime scene investigation, school resource officer, police K-9, communications, surveillance, gangs, DUI's, S.W.A.T., police motorcycle operations, firearms, defensive tactics, and much more. There will be demonstrations of some activities, and some classes will include hands-on training.

Registration forms are available at the Garden City Police Department, 304 N. Ninth St., during normal business hours, and online at www.gcpolice.org. The deadline to register is Jan. 10, 2014.

USD 457 schools to close Monday

Garden City Public Schools will dismiss for winter vacation Monday through Jan. 6.

All district facilities, including the Educational Support Center, will be closed for the winter break from Monday, through Jan. 3. The district offices will be open with regular business hours on Jan. 6.

All faculty members will report for a work day on Jan. 6 to prepare for classes to resume. Classes will be back in session on Jan. 7.

YMCA to host

slumber party

The Garden City Family YMCA will have a Slumber Party on Dec. 31, featuring swimming, games and activities, a snack and a showing of the movie "Despicable Me 2." Breakfast will be served in the morning before parents pick up their kids.

Fees are $15 for child-care participants, $20 for member participants and $40 for program participants.

For more information, call Krystal Richardson at 275-1199.