Town of Coventry, RI
Kent County
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Section 12.01 Director.

There shall be a Department of Public Safety and Welfare, the head of which shall be the Town Manager or someone appointed by the manager.

Section 12.02 Functions.

The Department of Public Safety and Welfare shall be responsible for:
(a) 
The preservation of the public peace, prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals, protection of persons and property, and enforcement of the laws of the state and the ordinances of the town;
(b) 
The welfare of the poor, needy, dependent and defective persons of the town; and
(c) 
Control of the town activities relating to fire fighting, fire prevention and other public safety functions that the town may engage in and such other rescue and safety programs that the town may be engaged in.

Section 12.03 Jurisdiction.

[Amended 11-2-2010]
The Police Department, Department of Human Services, Department of Emergency Management, and any other department which the Town Council may hereafter create to be concerned with the safety and welfare of persons and property shall be under the jurisdiction of the Town Manager.

Section 12.10 Police.

There shall be a Police Department, which shall consist of the Chief of Police, and of such other officers and employees, of such rank and grades, as may be prescribed by the Town Council.

Section 12.11 Powers.

The Police Department, and each of its officers and employees, in the performance of police duties, shall have and exercise all the powers heretofore or hereafter conferred on police officers by the laws of the state and the ordinances of the town.

Section 12.12 Appointments.

The Chief of Police and all other regular permanent officers and employees of the department shall be appointed and removed by the Town Manager, subject to the provisions of any general law, and any ordinance hereafter enacted by the Town Council.

Section 12.13 Organization.

The department shall be divided into such organizational units as the Town Council, upon the recommendation of the Town Manager, shall from time to time prescribe.

Section 12.14 Special policemen.

The Town Council may provide for the appointment by the Chief of Police, with the approval of the Town Manager, of special policemen, regular and special constables, police volunteers, and reserves.

Section 12.15 Chief.

Subject to the supervision and control of the Town Manager, the Chief of Police shall be in direct command of the Police Department.

Section 12.16 Duties.

The Chief of Police shall assign the officers and employees to their respective posts, shifts, details and duties. The chief shall be responsible for the efficiency, discipline and good conduct of the department, and for the care and custody of all property assigned to it. The chief shall make and amend, subject to the approval of the Town Manager, rules and regulations concerning the operation of the department and the training and conduct of its officers and employees, including reserves, volunteers and special policemen.

Section 12.17 Other.

The Town Council may impose other and further obligations upon the Town Manager, the Director of Public Safety and Welfare, and the Chief of Police, in connection with the operation of the Police Department.

Section 12.20 Emergency Management.

In accordance with the provisions of G.L. 1956, § 30-15, and with the approval of the Governor, the Town Council is hereby authorized to establish an Office of Emergency Management. The Office of Emergency Management shall have such duties and perform such functions as may be prescribed by the laws of the state or by the resolutions or ordinances of the Council.

Section 12.30 Office of the Department of Human Services.

There shall be a Department of Human Services, the head of which shall be the Director of Human Services, who shall be the Town Manager or a person appointed by the manager.

Section 12.31 Qualifications.

The Director of Human Services, if the director be other than the Town Manager, shall have at least a master's degree in an area of human services, such as social services, counseling, family relations, psychology, etc., from an accredited college or university, and five (5) years of demonstrated experience in supervising professionals and para-professionals, managing social programs and services, and administering budgets and grants.

Section 12.32 Functions.

The Department of Human Services shall be responsible for the functions and services of the town relating to case management for all residents needing assistance in the following:
(a) 
elder services,
(b) 
nutrition programs,
(c) 
family services,
(d) 
Food Bank,
(e) 
Project Friends (day activity program for developmentally disabled adults),
(f) 
crisis management/intervention,
(g) 
volunteer programs, and
(h) 
wellness programs.

Section 12.33 Cooperation with other departments.

The Department of Human Services shall cooperate with other departments, offices, or agencies of the town by furnishing services to residents of the town provided that the cost of such cooperative effort be charged to the appropriation of the agencies thus served.

Section 12.34 Friends of Human Services.

There shall be a Friends of Human Services which shall act in an advisory capacity to the Director of Human Services, the Town Manager, and the Town Council in all matters concerning the Department of Human Services and the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the town.

Section 12.35 Appointment and term.

The Friends of Human Services shall consist of nine (9) members who shall be appointed by the Town Council. The members of the Friends of Human Services, in office when this Charter shall take effect, shall continue in office until their terms shall expire. All new appointments shall be for the term of three (3) years. The Town Council may fill any vacancy in the commission for the unexpired term.

Section 12.36 Qualifications.

No member of the Friends of Human Services shall be an elected or appointed official or an employee of the town or of any department, office or agency of the town, except that the Director of Human Services shall be ex-officio member of the Friends of Human Services without the right to vote.

Section 12.37 Other duties.

The Town Council may grant further powers and duties to the Director of Safety and Welfare, including, but not limited to, the coordination of health and related programs with agencies of the State of Rhode Island or of the United States.