[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bellefonte as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-24-1963 by Ord. No. 471 (Ch. 240, Secs. 240.01 to 240.03, of the 1979 Codified Ordinances)]
A Police Department is hereby established in and for the Borough. The Chief of Police shall be the chief executive of the Department. He shall, under the direction of the Mayor, be in charge of the police force and have supervision over its members in the exercise of their powers, duties and authority.
[Amended 9-11-1995 by Ord. No. 1103]
The priority of authority among such subordinate classifications shall be in the order above listed. The number of persons to serve in each of such subordinate classifications on a full-time and/or part-time basis, and the compensation of each, shall be as determined by Council from time to time.
Nothing in this article shall affect the authority of the Mayor to appoint special policemen during emergencies.
[Adopted 1-9-1978 (Ch. 240, Sec. 240.04, of the 1979 Codified Ordinances)]
A line officer is defined as any person holding the office of Chief, Captain, Lieutenant or Sergeant in the Police Department of the Borough.
Subject to the following provisions of this article, no line officer of the Department shall be included for collective bargaining purposes in the negotiation of wages, hours or other proper subjects of collective bargaining between the police of the Borough and Council, as provided by law.
No line officer of the Department shall receive fewer or more restrictive or lesser benefits than received and enjoyed by the other policemen of the Borough who compose the collective bargaining unit of the Department, except where such restrictions are fewer or lesser benefits which are the result of prerogatives granted to police officers on account of seniority, merit or other special circumstances. Such special circumstances shall be spelled out in any agreement between the Borough and the collective bargaining unit of the Department.
In the event of the resignation of any line officer from his position, at the option of Council, upon recommendation of the Mayor, and at the option of the resigning line officer, such line officer may continue employment as a patrolman or other designated police officer of the Borough.
This article shall not affect the seniority rights of any line officer of the Department presently enjoyed by such line officer.