[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Stratford 4-12-1988 as Secs. 3-1-1 to 3-1-8 of the 1988 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Police Department shall consist of a Chief of Police and such other officers, assistants, and patrolmen as from time to time may be appointed pursuant to the provisions of the Wisconsin Statutes and the ordinances and resolutions of the Village Board.
Monthly reports. The Chief of Police shall submit a monthly report to the Village Board of all activities and transactions of the Department during the preceding month.
Police records. There shall be kept by the Department a suitable record in which shall be entered the name of every person arrested in the Village, the name of the person making the arrest, the date and cause of the arrest, the court from which the warrant was issued, the disposition made of the case, the amount of fine and costs paid and to whom paid, bond posted, and all complaints in full.
Every member of the Police Department shall:
Familiarize himself with the ordinances of the Village and the statutes and attend to the enforcement of such ordinances by all lawful means.
Help prevent crimes, misdemeanors and violations of Village ordinances and protect the health, safety, public peace and order of the Village and its inhabitants.
Report all street and sidewalk obstructions, unlighted streetlamps, unlawful street signs or signals, and defective or dangerous streets and sidewalks to the appropriate person or organization responsible for their repair or service.
Maintain order at the scene of a fire or any other fire response within the Village.
See that the necessary permits and licenses issued by the state or Village are in the possession of or properly displayed by any person engaged in an activity or business within the Village for which such permit or license is required and that the terms of such permits or licenses are complied with.
Perform such other lawful duties as ordered by the Chief of Police or his authorized representative.
Pursuant to § 61.65(1)(am), Wis. Stats., the Village may not suspend, reduce, suspend and reduce, or remove any police chief or other law enforcement officer who is not probationary, and for whom there is no valid and enforceable contract of employment or collective bargaining agreement which provides for a fair review prior to that suspension, reduction, suspension and reduction or removal, unless the Village does one of the following:
Establishes a committee of not fewer than three members, none of whom may be an elected or appointed official of the Village or be employed by the Village. The committee shall act under § 62.13(5), Wis. Stats., in place of a board of police and fire commissioners. The Village Board may provide for some payment to each member for the member's cost of serving on the committee at a rate established by the Village Board.
Appoint a person who is not an elected or appointed official of the Village and who is not employed by the Village. The person shall act under § 62.13(5), Wis. Stats., in place of a board of police and fire commissioners. The Village Board may provide for some payment to that person for serving under this subsection at a rate established by the Village Board.
The provisions of this section, required by § 61.65(1)(am), Wis. Stats., first apply to law enforcement officers when such officers are subject to a collective bargaining agreement which is in conflict with the statutory requirements but which is still in effect on April 9, 1986, only after the expiration date of such agreement.
The Chief of Police, in conjunction with the Personnel Committee, shall establish and promulgate rules of conduct, directives and policies and procedures and prescribe such duties for individual members as he may deem necessary for the effective and efficient command and operation of the Department; provided that no such rule of conduct, directive or policy or procedure duties or assignment shall be in conflict with the statutes, ordinances and approved Village personnel rules and regulations.
The Chief of Police shall cause to be maintained adequate personnel records of employment, assignment, promotions, attendance, performance and training for all members of the Department. Such personnel records shall be filed with the Personnel Committee Chairperson. He shall also comply with all provisions of the Law Enforcement Standards Board in regard to background investigations. He shall keep himself adequately informed of the activities of the Department and be assured that the duties of his subordinates are properly discharged. He shall formulate procedures for recognizing outstanding performance by Department members, for investigating complaints of misconduct by any Department member, and for taking appropriate disciplinary action subject to the provisions of the applicable statutes and rules of the Department.
The Chief of Police is responsible for the training of all members of the Department. He shall cause adequate and progressive programs of training to be organized and conducted to prepare Department members in the knowledge, procedures, and techniques of their duties and responsibilities. He will ensure that, within budgetary limitations, members of the Department attend training courses, seminars, and conferences necessary to maintain and improve their job skills and professional knowledge. He shall encourage Department members to further their education in law enforcement through study, special courses, college attendance, extension programs, and independent readings.
All persons in the Village, when called upon by any police officer or peace officer, shall promptly aid and assist him in the execution of his duties, and whoever shall neglect or refuse to give such aid or assistance shall be subject to the general penalty as provided in § 1-5 of this Code.