City of Town And Country, MO
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Cross References — General penalty for Code violation, §100.150; police and fire commission, ch. 125, art. III; motor vehicles and traffic, title III; municipal court, ch. 135; offenses and miscellaneous provisions, ch. 210.

Section 200.010 Chief of Police.

[Code 1975 §§4.05, 7.01(2); CC 1989 §18-6; Ord. No. 1022 §1, 7-14-1986]
A. 
Generally. There shall be a Chief of Police who shall be the head of the Police Department, whose appointment, term and duties shall be as provided in this Section.
B. 
Office Established. There hereby is, and shall be established the office of Chief of Police and the Chief shall be under the supervision of the Mayor; the Chief of Police shall control, supervise and regulate the personnel, equipment and operation of the Police Department in all aspects of Police protection and regulation within the jurisdiction of the City subject to rules and regulations set down by the Board of Aldermen by ordinance.
C. 
Appointment And Term. The Chief of Police shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Board of Aldermen and he/she shall hold his/her office subject to removal by the Mayor with the approval of the Board of Aldermen. The Chief of Police shall perform all duties of the Marshal as required by law.
D. 
Duties. It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police to execute all orders and processes arising out of the provisions of this Code or ordinances of the City. He/she shall be a conservator of the peace and active and vigilant in the preservation of good order within the City. He/she shall also perform such other duties as the Board of Aldermen may, from time to time, require by ordinance or resolution. The Chief of Police shall at all times have power to make or order all arrests, with proper process, for any offenses against the laws of the City, or the State, by day or by night, and bring the offender to trial before the proper court; and he/she shall have the power to arrest without process in all cases where he/she has reasonable grounds to believe a person has violated any law of this State, including a misdemeanor or infraction, or has violated any ordinance over which he/she has jurisdiction, and to keep the offender in the City Jail or other proper place to prevent his/her escape until a trial can be had before the proper officer, unless such offender shall give a good and sufficient bond for his/her appearance for trial; and he/she shall serve and execute the warrants, subpoenas, writs, and other process lawfully placed with him/her for service.
E. 
Acting Chief — Assistant Acting Chief. The Chief of Police shall designate, in writing, a member of the Police Department to be Acting Chief of Police who shall exercise all of the authority of the officer of the Chief of Police when the Chief of Police is absent from his/her post for any reason. The Acting Chief of Police shall have the authority to appoint an Assistant Acting Chief of Police in his/her absence; the function of the Acting Chief of Police or Assistant Acting Chief of Police shall cease when the Chief of Police is on duty. The Mayor may designate an Acting Chief of Police or Assistant Acting Chief of Police at any time, and the Mayor may suspend a Chief of Police, Acting Chief of Police, or Assistant Acting Chief of Police by notice forthwith.
F. 
Qualifications. The Chief of Police shall have a baccalaureate degree in Police science, Police administration, criminal justice, or related field, or the equivalent in training and education; Police service of eight (8) years with at least three (3) years being at a supervisory or command level; and proven leadership in staff development experience. The Chief of Police must comply with State training requirements for Police Officers, shall not have been convicted of a felony, and shall meet such other physical, mental, and educational requirements as shall be set by the Board of Aldermen.

Section 200.020 Department — Established — Functions. [1]

[Code 1975 §7.01(1); CC 1989 §18-1; Ord. No. 1022 §1, 7-14-1986]
There hereby is, and shall be established a Police Department of the City. The Police Department shall consist of a Police Chief, and all personnel, and Police equipment. The Police Department, through its Chief, and personnel shall be responsible for, and shall undertake the enforcement of all City ordinances, and shall offer the public within the jurisdiction of the City, safety to life, limb, and property, and protection from law violations and hazards. The Department shall be the protector of the public peace. In addition, the Department, through its Chief and the personnel shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the Mayor. The Board of Aldermen may assign other functions to the Police Department by ordinance or resolution.
[1]
Cross Reference — Fire prevention department, §220.050 et seq.

Section 200.030 Personnel.

[Code 1975, §7.01(3); CC 1989 §18-2; Ord. No. 1022 §1, 7-14-1986[
A. 
Qualifications Of Police Officers. A Police Officer shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State, reside in an area which is within sixty (60) minutes normal travel time to this City's then current Police Station within a period of one (1) year from the officer's date of appointment, shall not have been convicted of a felony, and shall meet such physical, mental, and educational requirements as shall be set out by the Board of Aldermen and the Chief of Police in the rules and regulations of the Police Department.
B. 
Powers And Duties Of Police Officers. Police Officers shall at all times have power to make or order all arrests, with proper process, for any offenses against the laws of the City, or of the State, by day or by night, and bring the offender to trial before the proper court; and they shall have the power to arrest without process in all cases where they have reasonable grounds to believe the person has violated any law of this State including a misdemeanor or infraction, or has violated any ordinance over which they have jurisdiction, and to keep the offender in the City Jail or other proper place to prevent the offender's escape until a trial can be had before the proper officer, unless such offender shall give a good and sufficient bond for the offender's appearance for trial. Police Officers shall serve and execute the warrants, subpoenas, writs, and other process lawfully placed with them for service. Police Officers shall have other such duties as shall be assigned to them by their respective supervisors.
C. 
Other Employees. Other employees of the Police Department shall have such titles as are assigned to them by the Chief of Police if they are not qualified Police Officers and shall have such duties as shall be assigned to them by their respective supervisors.
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Term Of Employment.
1. 
Term of employment of Police Officers. Police Officers shall serve at least a one (1) year probationary period. If a Police Officer fails to successfully complete the probationary period, he/she may continue for an additional probationary period of six (6) months or be removed from duty and discharged upon notice given by the Chief of Police.
2. 
Termination of Police Department personnel. A Police Officer or other employee of the Police Department may be removed, discharged, suspended, or relieved from duty by his/her department head or suspended by his/her immediate supervisor at any time; and the department head shall report such action, with or without reasons stated, to the Mayor.
3. 
Right of appeal. A Police Officer or other employee of the Police Department who is assessed a penalty which causes him/her to lose benefits, money, or job after the initial one (1) year probationary period shall have the right, within seven (7) calendar days after such penalty is assessed, to give written notice to his/her department head, and to the Board of Aldermen, of his/her desire to appeal such disciplinary decision. The Board of Aldermen shall thereafter set a time and place for hearing such appeal, give at least seven (7) calendar days' written notice thereof to such appealing employee, and shall then fully hear and determine the appeal and make such decision as it finds to be just.
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Oath of a Police Officer. Upon the appointment of each Police Officer, the Police Officer shall declare the following oath in the presence of the Chief of Police, and shall sign a written copy and deliver the same to the Chief of Police: "I do solemnly swear that I possess all of the qualifications prescribed by law for a Police Officer; that I shall uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of Missouri; laws of the United States and the State of Missouri, and the ordinances of the City of Town and Country; and that I shall faithfully demean myself in office."

Section 200.040 Rules and Regulations.

[Code 1975, §7.01(4); CC 1989 §18-3; Ord. No. 1022 §1, 7-14-1986]
The Police Chief, with the approval of the Mayor, may establish and may publish rules and regulations for the personnel and the operation of the Police Department as he/she shall deem necessary. The Board of Aldermen may also establish rules and regulations pertaining to the Police Chief. The rules and regulations may apply to Police Officers and other employees of the Police Department, employee qualifications, time for working, uniforms, official conduct, personal conduct, equipment, discipline, training, records, reports, public relations, and any and all other matters related to the duties of the members and employees of the Police Department pertaining to the preservation of peace and the functions of the Police Department. The Police Chief may not change any rule or regulation approved by the Board of Aldermen without the approval by a majority of that Board.

Section 200.050 Compensation of Personnel, Including Chief.

[Code 1975 §7.01(5); CC 1989 §18-4; Ord. No. 1022 §1, 7-14-1986]
The Board of Aldermen shall fix and determine by ordinance the compensation of the Police Chief, personnel, and employees of the Police Department.

Section 200.060 Records.

[Code 1975 §7.01(6); CC 1989 §18-5; Ord. No. 1022 §1, 7-14-1986]
A. 
The Board of Aldermen shall receive from the Police Chief each year, in March, a record of the performance and activity of the Police Department in the year immediately preceding.
B. 
The Police Chief shall maintain a personnel file of the members and employees of the Police Department, and shall record therein such information as the Board of Aldermen shall require from time to time.

Section 200.070 Major Case Squad.

[CC 1989 §18-7; Ord. No. 1426 §1, 8-27-1990]
A. 
Defined — Purpose. For the purpose of this Section, the "Major Case Squad" shall mean any formation, operation, organization, or cooperative action between any County Governing Body, any municipal government and the City, the purpose of which is intensive professional investigation of certain individual crimes that may occur in their general geographical area, and which is operated and activated on request of a County Sheriff, County Police Superintendent, or the Police Chief of a political subdivision wherein a crime has occurred.
B. 
Organization. The officers of the Police Department are authorized to participate in and cooperate with any Law Enforcement Officers of jurisdictions in any Major Case Squad operation or formation. The officers designated to act as the Major Case Squad operation will be so designated by the Chiefs of Police and, when acting outside of the City as a member of the Major Case Squad operation, shall be considered to be on active duty the same as if acting within the boundaries of the City.

Section 200.080 Police Officers Responding To An Emergency Situation Outside Municipality Boundaries.

[CC 1989 §18-8; Ord. No. 1427 §1, 8-27-1990]
A. 
Definitions. For the purpose of this Section, the following words and phrases have the meanings described below:
EMERGENCY SITUATION
An occasion in which the Police Officer has a reasonable belief that a crime is about to be committed, is being committed, or has been committed, involving injury or threat of injury to any person, property, or governmental interest and his/her response is reasonably necessary to prevent or end such emergency situation or mitigate the likelihood of injury involved in such emergency situation. The determination of the existence of any emergency situation shall be in the discretion of the Police Officer making the response or in the discretion of an officer or governmental officer of the political subdivision in which the emergency situation is alleged to be occurring.
POLICE OFFICER
Any Police Officer of the City who meets the qualifications established by Section 200.030(A) of this Code.
RESPONSE
As used in this Section, to take any and all action that the Police Officer may lawfully take as if exercising his/her powers within the City as defined by this Chapter.
B. 
Authority. A City Police Officer shall have the authority, in accordance with departmental procedures, to respond to an emergency situation outside the boundaries of the City.
C. 
Continuation Of Emergency Response. Response to an emergency situation may continue until the emergency situation has been adequately brought under control, in the discretion of the Police Officer, by another appropriate jurisdiction.
D. 
Inadequate Police Protection Not Permitted. Police Officers shall not leave the City's inhabitants with inadequate Police protection or be absent for extended periods of time, but the response shall be in aid of, and to assist, the authorities of the County or the municipality in which the emergency situation is located.
E. 
Reports Of Emergency Response Outside City. Every response to an emergency situation outside the City shall be reported by the Police Officer(s) to the Chief of Police. A copy of this notification shall be kept on permanent file by the City.