Organization: There shall be a Police Department, the head of which shall be a Chief of Police. In addition to Chief of Police there shall be such other Subordinate Officers and Patrol Officers as shall from time to time be determined by the Council. Said Chief, Subordinate Officers and Patrol Officers, subject to such probationary requirements as may hereinafter be set forth, shall constitute the permanent Police Department of the Town.
Qualifications: The Chief of Police shall be appointed by the Council and shall have at least five years' experience above the rank of Patrol Officer in any organized Police Department and have expertise in the organization, administration, management and direction of police personnel and shall possess such other qualifications as the Council may prescribe by Ordinance.
All police officers below the rank of Chief shall be appointed or promoted as the case may be by the Council upon recommendation by the Chief of Police, provided that they shall have satisfactorily passed such qualifying tests as the State may require concerning standards and training for police officers and such other qualifying tests as the Chief of Police and/or the Council may require by Ordinance. All members of the force shall, at the time of their permanent appointment, have served for a period of not less than one year in a probationary status after completion of the required training during which period they may be removed at any time by the Council upon recommendation of the Chief of Police, with or without cause.
Powers and Duties: The Police Department shall be responsible for the preservation of the public peace, prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals, protection of the rights of persons and property and the enforcement of the statutes of the State and the Ordinances of the Town. The Police Department shall also be responsible for assisting other Town Departments and Officials in the performance of their duties where required.
In addition to the members of the permanent police force of said Town, the Town Council, upon the recommendation of the Chief of Police, may from time to time appoint reserve police officers for occasional service and for limited terms, none of which shall exceed one year. Said reserve police officers shall receive such compensation as shall from time to time be fixed by the Town Council within the limits of the appropriations currently available for such purposes.
Prior to their appointment as reserve police officers, they shall have passed such qualifying tests as the Town Council shall require by ordinance: furthermore, they shall attend and successfully complete the State certified school given for reserve police officers; and furthermore they shall undergo the State psychiatric examination required for all police officers. Only those reserve police officers that have been certified as qualified shall carry firearms. Reserve police officers may be re-certified or re-appointed by the Town Council, again for the maximum of one year. They may be removed by the Town Council at any time with or without cause.
There shall be no Constable appointments by the Town Council.
There shall be one or more Animal Control Officers appointed by the Council, to serve at the pleasure of the Council, who shall be responsible for the supervision and enforcement of Laws and Ordinances pertaining to dogs and other animals, and who shall have such other powers and duties as are prescribed by Law or Ordinance. The Animal Control Officer(s) shall receive such compensation as the Council may fix, within the limits of the amount appropriated in the budget voted on at the Financial Town Referendum. The Council shall appoint one or more appraisers of dog damage, one of whom may be an Animal Control Officer, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Council and who shall have such powers and duties as are prescribed by Law or Ordinance.
Authorization: In the event any of the legislatively created fire districts are no longer able to provide adequate fire protection and/or emergency medical services, the Council may by Ordinance, and subject to approval at a Financial Town Referendum, create a Fire Department and/or emergency medical services.
[Amended 11-4-2008; 11/4/2014]
There shall be a Director of Emergency Management appointed by the Council who shall:
Prepare a Comprehensive Plan for the utilization of Town facilities, equipment and personnel during any emergency.
Assist the Council in any declared emergency.
Be the liaison with the State Office of Emergency Management and the State Health Department.
Perform any other duties or functions as the Council may direct by ordinance or during any emergency as the Council President may direct.
Be a qualified elector of the Town.