Village of Ravena, NY
Albany County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ravena as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Officers and employees — See Ch. 15.
[Adopted 12-17-1991 by L.L. No. 5-1991]
In order to ensure that the Village of Ravena does not invest time and money in providing basic training for a police officer without receiving the benefit of that training over a limited period of time after its completion, the Board of Trustees hereby determines that to retain the services of adequately trained police officers, to reduce the potential loss of the investment made in the training of police officers and to limit the disruption of staffing requirements which might occur if a recently trained police officer were to accept employment with another law enforcement agency, the Board of Trustees hereby enacts this article, pursuant to provisions of the Municipal Home Rule Law and Village Law § 4-412, to establish a means by which the municipal investment in the training of a police officer may be recovered in the event an officer were to accept another employment after having been trained.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH TRAINING
Any direct or indirect expenditure made by the Village of Ravena in conjunction with providing a police officer with basic training. This term includes but is not limited to any reimbursement for the cost of travel, lodging, meals or books and any payment made by the Village of Ravena to a third party for a benefit available to the individual during the time of training.
LENGTH OF EMPLOYMENT AFTER COMPLETION OF TRAINING
Actual service completed by an employee, measured by work weeks, and shall include vacation leave.
PROVOKED DISCHARGE
A discharge occasioned by a deliberate or willful act of a police officer at least partially motivated by an intention to avoid the reimbursement obligation set forth under the terms of this article.
VOLUNTARY SEPARATION
Any resignation from the Village of Ravena Police Department occasioned by an act of an individual police officer, and shall also include a provoked discharge.
WAGES SUBJECT TO REIMBURSEMENT
Wages paid in excess of the minimum wage required by the Fair Labor Standards Act.
A. 
In the event that the Village of Ravena is required to send a police officer to the basic training course required of all entry-level police officers and in the event that the police officer voluntarily separates from the Village of Ravena Police Department within three years of the date of completion of training, the individual shall, on demand, reimburse the Village of Ravena for all wages and expenses associated with training which have been paid by the Village of Ravena during or in conjunction with his or her basic training. The reimbursement to the Village of Ravena shall be in accordance with the following prorated schedule:
Length of Employment After Completion of Training
(years)
Reimbursement of Wages and Expenses
(percent)
Up to 1
100
1 up to 2
60
2 up to 3
35
B. 
Should an individual voluntarily separate from the Police Department so as to be subject to the reimbursement requirement as set forth in this article, the Village of Ravena shall present the individual with a demand for payment of any moneys due and owing to the Village of Ravena under the terms of this article. The individual shall reimburse the Village of Ravena for the amount presented.
Should it be necessary to enforce its claim for reimbursement, the Village of Ravena may initiate a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction.
A copy of this article shall be provided to any applicant interviewed for employment with the Village of Ravena Police Department for the position of police officer, but the failure of the Village of Ravena to do so shall not affect the validity of this article as it relates to an individual, provided that he or she was advised of the terms of this article prior to separation.
[Adopted 1-17-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law also stated that it shall take effect 30 days after its enactment and is subject to permissive referendum. This local law was approved by the majority of the electors voting in the general election held 3-21-2006.
The Police Department of the Village of Ravena is hereby abolished.