Village of Kronenwetter, WI
Marathon County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Kronenwetter 7-10-2004 (Ch. 68 of the 2004 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Police and Fire Commission — See § 14-16.
Fire Department — See Ch. 66.

§ 138-1 Establishment.

The Village of Kronenwetter, pursuant to Wis. Stats. § 61.65, shall provide police protection services to the Village by creating its own Police Department to be known as the "Kronenwetter Police Department."

§ 138-2 Chief of Police.

A. 
Appointment.
(1) 
The Chief of Police shall be appointed by the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners. The Chief of Police shall hold office during good behavior subject to suspension or removal by the Board for cause.
(2) 
The compensation to be paid the Chief of Police for services, hours of active duty, rest days, vacation periods, and other involvement of his or her employment shall be determined and revised as deemed necessary by the Village Board.
(3) 
Disciplinary action against the Chief of Police shall be brought only by utilizing the procedures set forth in Wis. Stats. § 62.13(5), relating to disciplinary actions against subordinates. In applying that procedure with respect to a Chief of Police, the term "subordinate" for the purposes of this section shall be construed to mean "the Chief of Police," and wherever the word "Chief" is used in Wis. Stats. § 62.13(5), the words "Village President" shall be substituted for the purpose of this chapter.
(4) 
The Chief shall, within six months of appointment, reside within a twenty-five-mile radius from the Village Municipal Center.
B. 
Duties.
(1) 
The Chief of Police shall have command of the Police Department. The Chief of Police shall handle general administration and control of the Department in consultation with the Village Administrator and shall be responsible for the Department's government, efficiency, and general good conduct. The Chief shall perform all duties prescribed to him or her by the laws of the state, ordinances of the Village, other rules and regulations established by the Police and Fire Commission, policies and procedures as shall from time to time be applicable to the operation of the Department and shall obey all lawful written orders of the Village Board.
(2) 
The Chief of Police shall cause the public peace to be preserved and may arrest and, with reasonable diligence, take before the proper court every person found in the Village engaged in any disturbance of the peace or violating any law of the state or ordinance of the Village. The Chief shall cooperate with other law enforcement officers in the arrest or apprehension of persons charged with crime. Whenever any violation thereof shall come to his or her knowledge, he or she shall cause the requisite complaint to be made and see that the evidence is procured for the successful prosecution of the offender or offenders. The Chief shall be responsible for the efficiency and general good conduct of the Department and, in consultation with the Village Administrator, shall assure the Department is operated consistent with the Department's rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
(3) 
The Chief of Police shall keep a record in his or her office of all arrests made by all members of the police force, the dates thereof, the name of the person arrested, the name of each arresting officer, the action taken by the arrest and the result thereof. The Chief shall make reports of Department activities to the Police and Fire Commission, to the Village Board, and to the Village Administrator as shall from time to time be requested by the Commission, the Board, or the Village Administrator.
(4) 
The Chief of Police shall appoint subordinates subject to the approval of the Police and Fire Commission. Such appointments shall be made by promotion, when this can be done with advantage; otherwise, from the eligible list provided by examination and approval by the Police and Fire Commission. Such list shall be determined as provided in Wis. Stats. § 62.13(4).
(5) 
The Chief of Police and all members of the Police Department shall be governed by the rules and regulations, practices and procedures adopted from time to time for the Kronenwetter Police Department.
(6) 
The Chief of Police, in consultation with the Village Administrator, may make such further rules and regulations for the government of the police force, as they may deem necessary with approval of the Village Board and/or the Police and Fire Commission.
(7) 
The Chief of Police shall keep records containing all information received of offenses committed or of suspicious persons or places and the entries of offenses committed shall include those applicable but not limited to the following: the hour, place and manner in which the offense was committed; the property which might have been stolen, enumerating the articles; the name and residence of the owner (if known); and the name of the police officer on duty at the time the offense was committed.
(8) 
The Police Department, upon request of the Chief of the Fire Department, shall assist in the investigation of any fire, which, in the opinion of the Chief of the Fire Department, is of suspicious origin.
(9) 
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.
(10) 
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 the 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.
(11) 
The Chief of Police, in consultation with the Village Administrator, shall establish and promulgate rules of conduct, directives and policies and procedures and prescribe such duties for individual members as deemed necessary for the effective and efficient command and operation of the Department, provided no such rules of conduct, directive or police procedure duties or assignment shall be in conflict with the statutes, ordinances and approved Village personnel rules and regulations. Policies and procedures relating to the hiring, firing, discipline relating to the demotion, suspension or dismissal, or promotion of employees within the Police Department will require approval of the Police and Fire Commission.
[Amended 7-9-2013 by Ord. No. 13-12]
(12) 
The Chief of Police is responsible for the training of all members of the Department. The Chief 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. The Chief, in consultation with the Village Administrator, will insure 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. The Chief shall encourage Department members to further their education in law enforcement through study, special courses, college attendance, extension programs, and independent readings. Officers shall file confirmation of attendance forms.
(13) 
The Chief of Police, in consultation with the Village Administrator, shall cause to be maintained adequate personnel records of employment, assignment, promotions, attendance, performance and training for all members of the Department. The Chief shall also comply with all provisions of the Law Enforcement Standards Board in regard to background investigations. The Chief shall keep himself or herself adequately informed of the activities of the Department and be assured that the duties of his or her subordinates are properly discharged. The Chief 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.

§ 138-3 Law enforcement officers.

Law enforcement officers shall, within six months of appointment, reside within a twenty-five-mile radius from the Village Municipal Center.