Township of Haverford, PA
Delaware County
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The Department of Police shall be responsible for the protection of persons and property within the Township.
The Department of Police shall be headed by a Chief, who shall be responsible to the Township Manager and majority of the Board of Commissioners for the performance of the function of the Department.
The duties of the Chief shall be to:
A. 
Prevent crimes against persons and property.
B. 
Enforce all criminal laws and ordinances.
C. 
Detect and apprehend offenders and suspected persons.
D. 
Investigate crimes and prepare evidence for the prosecution of criminal cases.
E. 
Prevent and control juvenile delinquency.
F. 
Maintain records and files of crimes and criminals and other related police matters.
G. 
Operate facilities for the safekeeping of prisoners.
H. 
Ensure traffic and pedestrian control and safety.
I. 
Develop and conduct community relations and education programs.
J. 
Provide training programs for all Township police.
K. 
Operate and maintain a communications center ancillary to the Delaware County 9-1-1 system to support police and other emergency communications.
L. 
Provide cooperation to any legally constituted Haverford Township citizen group, approved by the Board of Commissioners, wishing to assist the Police Department.
M. 
Serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bureau of Fire of the volunteer fire companies of the Township.
A. 
Scope of position.
(1) 
The Deputy Chief of Police will be the Department's executive officer and will be directly responsible and accountable to the Chief of Police for the overall operation of the Department. The Deputy Chief of Police will have complete line and staff authority as delegated by the Chief of Police and will assume the duties, powers and responsibilities of the Chief of Police in his absence. The Deputy Chief of Police will coordinate the daily operations of the Department, coordinate all phases of the entire operation of the Police Department and strive to develop and maintain esprit de corps, cooperation and loyalty to the Department within each operating component and among all individual members of the Department.
(2) 
The position of Deputy Chief of Police will be considered management and therefore not subject to civil service provisions. If the police officer in this rank does not accomplish the tasks assigned to him as outlined in this section and otherwise does not violate any Department policy, rule, regulation or commonwealth statute, he will be removed from the position and returned to his previous rank and the pay and benefits of that rank.
B. 
Duties and responsibilities. Although general duties and responsibilities are varied and far-reaching, responsibilities shall include supervising and directing specific functions as directed by the Chief of Police, such as:
(1) 
Fiscal management.
(a) 
Many areas of fiscal management and monitoring of financial affairs of the Department include:
[1] 
Assisting the Chief of Police in preparing the annual budget, utilizing input from all component supervisors.
[2] 
Ensuring that the Department's fiscal matters comply with the financial requirements established by the Home Rule Charter and Haverford Township Commissioners.
[3] 
Providing for liaison between the Police Department and the office of the Township Manager and other areas of the Township government with regard to fiscal matters.
[4] 
Examining and evaluating all existing equipment serviceability and providing for repair or replacement if required.
[5] 
Making recommendations to the Chief of Police on purchases and conducting inspection and inventory of all equipment.
(2) 
Personnel management. A multitude of personnel problems and decisions arise on a continual basis requiring departmental action. Some of the duties and responsibilities assigned to the Deputy Chief of Police are:
(a) 
Conferring with the Chief of Police on a frequent basis regarding the daily operations of the Department and also in policy planning.
(b) 
Ensuring uniform interpretation and compliance in all personnel policies and directives, disciplinary procedures and personnel matters.
(c) 
With the Chief of Police, conducting regularly scheduled staff meetings with Lieutenants and supervisors; coordinating the flow of information from all components to and from the Chief of Police.
(d) 
Soliciting input from Lieutenants and supervisors regarding personnel matters that affect the overall operation of the Department or pertain to individual units of the Department.
(e) 
At the direction of the Chief of Police, investigating all allegations of misconduct or complaints against Department personnel and submitting to the Chief of Police completed reports concerning these investigations.
(f) 
Directing and coordinating all recruitment activities.
(g) 
Assisting the Chief of Police with the selection and hiring process of all entry-level personnel.
(h) 
Overseeing the initiation of training programs and direct operation of training programs for all departmental personnel and conducting in-service training programs on a regular basis.
(i) 
Collecting and organizing all training materials and brochures and submitting them to the Chief of Police with recommendations for future training needs.
(j) 
Reporting the status of all training and qualification programs to the Chief of Police.
(3) 
Planning and research. The Deputy shall assist the Chief of Police with planning and research activities to anticipate future needs and to implement steps to facilitate the application of these plans to the operation. Some areas that would be the responsibility of the Deputy Chief of Police are:
(a) 
Collecting and analyzing reports from all areas of the Department that pertain to or have future impact on the operation of the Department.
(b) 
Utilizing automated and other data to determine and predict social, crime, work load, personnel and other trends.
(c) 
Analyzing and distributing research consistent with state-of-the-art police products and methodology and systems for routine use of the Department.
(d) 
Delegating assignments for planning and researching informational needs.
(e) 
Propagating departmental goals and objectives through all areas of the Department.
(f) 
Using the required analysis techniques to effectively evaluate the performance of individuals and units within the Department as well as the overall performance of the Department as a whole.
(g) 
Overseeing the compilation of information and assimilation of all information required for multiyear planning to include the following areas:
[1] 
Projected changes in the operating budget.
[2] 
Equipment needs.
[3] 
Manpower needs.
[4] 
Changes in services provided.
[5] 
Needs for changes in physical plant.
[6] 
Review of reports and forms (update).
[7] 
Communications needs.
[8] 
Plans for disaster or unusual occurrences.
(h) 
Periodically reviewing and consulting with the Chief of Police concerning the Department's information management systems.
(i) 
Providing staff assistance in developing contingency plans consistent with departmental and community needs.
(4) 
Liaison.
(a) 
The Deputy Chief of Police will be responsible for all contact, interaction and relations with outside governmental agencies, other law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, fire protection services and private agencies.
(b) 
The Deputy Chief of Police will ensure that all channels of communication inside and outside of the Department remain open.
(c) 
The Deputy Chief of Police will promote cooperation and otherwise maintain harmonious working relationships with other departments within the Township government, with other outside agencies and within the Police Department.
[Added 11-13-1978 by Ord. No. 1718; amended 12-10-1979 by Ord. No. 1765; repealed 6-14-1982 by Ord. No. 1846[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: Section 3 of 0rd. No. 1846 provided that, "The aforementioned provisions are replaced by all of the Civil Service Provisions of the First Class Township Code and all other applicable laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." Ordinance No. 1846 also supersedes 0rd. No. 1813, adopted 10-13-1981, which established the Police Civil Service Commission pursuant to all of the Civil Service Provisions of the First Class Township Code, and provided for the continuation of the repealed provisions pending promulgation of rules and regulations by the Civil Service Commission. Such rules and regulations were adopted by ordinance No. 1853 and are included as Chapter 32.
The provisions of Act 600, the Police Pension Law, shall be adopted.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 767 and also Ch. 30, Pensions and Employee Benefits, Art. III, Police Pension Plan.
The Board of Commissioners does not encourage outside employment, commonly called "moonlighting." As such, the Chief of Police shall establish rules and regulations regarding moonlighting in order to ensure that such moonlighting, if and when it occurs, does not interfere with the effectiveness and performance of the police officer.