Borough of West Mifflin, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of West Mifflin 9-18-1979 by Ord. No. 845 (Ch. 1, Part 6, of the 1999 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire companies — See Ch. 22.
Pensions — See Ch. 46.
Alarm devices — See Ch. 70.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 193.
A Police Department is hereby established in and for the Borough of West Mifflin.
[Amended 3-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1094]
A. 
The Department of Police shall be divided into the following divisions:
(1) 
The Patrol Division, which shall be supervised by the Divisional Lieutenants, who shall have charge of:
(a) 
The motor and foot patrol units.
(b) 
Routine investigations not assigned to the Detective Division.
(2) 
The Juvenile Division, directed by the Assistant Divisional Lieutenant, who shall have charge of the handling of cases in which juveniles are involved.
(3) 
The Detective Division, supervised by the Captain, who shall have charge of:
(a) 
Investigation of crimes.
(b) 
The preparation of evidence for prosecution of criminal cases.
(c) 
Criminal and noncriminal identification.
(d) 
Identification of property.
(e) 
The custody of property.
B. 
The Chief of Police shall make personnel assignments from time to time to the Detective Division. An assignment to the Detective Division is not a permanent assignment, and such personnel may be transferred back to the Uniform Division at the discretion of the Chief. During the period a police officer is assigned to the Detective Division, such police officer shall be called a "detective of the West Mifflin Police Department."
It is hereby created, provided and established a grade within the Police Department of the Borough of West Mifflin designated as Chief of Police, who shall be the chief executive of the Police Department. The duties and responsibilities of the Chief of Police are as follows:
A. 
The Chief of Police shall direct the police work of the Borough of West Mifflin and be responsible for the enforcement and maintenance of law and order and shall:
(1) 
Assume responsibility for the overall administration and operation of the Police Department.
(2) 
Provide for officer training in order that high professional standards can be maintained. The Chief may designate competent officers within the Department to act as police instructors. Such officers shall conduct such schools as the Chief shall order.
(3) 
Prepare and post schedules of subordinate police officers' working hours.
(4) 
Make divisional assignments; assign officers to each division of the Department. Reassignment from one division to another shall only be made by the Chief of Police.
(5) 
Prepare and post vacation schedules.
(6) 
Maintain discipline of all police personnel.
(7) 
Coordinate all police activity.
(8) 
Coordinate police and public relations efforts.
(9) 
Assume responsibility for all files, equipment, records and data in the Police Department.
(10) 
Direct and assign all Borough employees attached to the Police Department.
A. 
It hereby created, provided and established that the grade formerly called the "Safety Officer" shall now be called "Captain." The duties and responsibilities of the Captain are as follows:
(1) 
To obey and respond to all orders of the Chief of Police.
(2) 
To assume command of the Department in the Chief's absence.
(3) 
To be in charge of traffic-related activities. The Captain will conduct surveys, make recommendations, and act as a liaison with county and state officials in traffic-related matters.
(4) 
To train and instruct school guards.
(5) 
To supervise and coordinate activities of the Detective Division.
(6) 
To provide for the maintenance and care of all equipment utilized by the Police Department. The Captain shall conduct surveys of the equipment and make recommendations on the purchasing of new equipment and the maintenance of existing equipment for the Police Department.
(7) 
To be in charge of all nuisance-related matters affecting the health, safety and welfare of the Borough, such as illegal dumping of garbage and rubbish, junk cars and hazards.
B. 
The grade of Captain shall be the second highest ranking police officer in the Department.
It is hereby created, provided and established that the grade of Lieutenant shall be now called "Divisional Lieutenant." The Police Department of the Borough of West Mifflin shall have two Divisional Lieutenants. The grade of Divisional Lieutenant shall be the third highest ranking officer in the Department. The duties and responsibilities of Divisional Lieutenants are as follows:
A. 
To be familiar with and obey all orders and assignments of the Chief of Police and/or Captain.
B. 
Endeavor to create and maintain high morale among the men.
C. 
Insure prompt, neat and accurate submission of all reports.
D. 
Confer with the Chief of Police as to operational activities, investigations, planning, and any problems that may arise; insure that information is passed along to patrolmen and keep them well-informed; confer with the Chief and the Captain and make recommendations for a more efficient operation of the Police Department.
E. 
Supervise and coordinate the activities of the officers in the Patrol Division; coordinate intradepartmental activities within the Police Department and coordinate interdepartmental activities with any other Police Department.
F. 
Evaluate subordinates at all levels.
G. 
Be aware of training needs and instruct where possible.
H. 
Make training recommendations to the Chief.
I. 
Evaluate the morale of the Department and recommend corrective measures to the Chief of Police.
[Amended 8-2-1983 by Ord. No. 901]
A. 
It is hereby created, provided and established that the grade of Lieutenant Juvenile Division shall be now named "Assistant Divisional Lieutenant." The duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Divisional Lieutenant are as follows:
(1) 
To be familiar with and obey all orders and assignments of superior officers.
(2) 
Endeavor to create and maintain a high morale among the men.
(3) 
Confer with the Chief of Police and superior officers as to the operational activities, investigations, planning, and any problems that may arise; insure that the information is passed along to Sergeants and patrolmen to keep them all informed; confer with the Chief and superior officers and make recommendations for more efficient operation of the Police Department.
(4) 
Supervise and coordinate the activities of police officers involved in the following:
(a) 
The investigation of crimes involving juveniles.
(b) 
The prevention and control of juvenile delinquency.
(c) 
Supervise and coordinate juvenile-related matters.
(d) 
Coordinate police activities involving juveniles and the public.
(e) 
Conduct surveys and make recommendations to the Chief for instructional programs to the public and juveniles concerning the health, safety and welfare of juveniles.
B. 
The grade of Assistant Divisional Lieutenant shall be the fourth highest ranking officer in the Police Department.
A. 
It is hereby created, provided and established and maintained the rank of Sergeant. The duties and responsibilities of Sergeants are as follows:
(1) 
Be familiar with and obey all orders of superior officers.
(2) 
Endeavor to create and maintain high morale among the men.
(3) 
Supervise all officers on patrol.
(4) 
Insure prompt, neat and accurate submission of all reports.
(5) 
Confer with superior officers as to operational activities, investigation, planning and any other problems that may arise.
(6) 
Assume final responsibility for orders and assignment of men under his command.
(7) 
Perform daily inspection of patrol personnel relating to:
(a) 
Prompt reporting for duty.
(b) 
Proper uniform and appearance.
(c) 
Activities to be performed while on duty.
(d) 
Equipment to be utilized on duty.
(e) 
Instructions on approach and attitude toward the public.
(8) 
To take charge of any emergency arising while on duty. All serious emergencies shall be referred to a superior officer for further direction.
(9) 
To evaluate the morale and training needs of the Department and recommend corrective measures to the proper superior officers.
B. 
The grade of Sergeant shall be the fifth highest ranking officer in the Police Department.
It is hereby created, provided and established the grade of patrolman. The duties and responsibilities of a patrolman are as follows:
A. 
To obey and respond to all orders and assignments of superior officers.
B. 
To cooperate with all members of the Department and assist them in achieving the Department's objectives.
C. 
To be responsible for the accuracy and completion of all reports.
D. 
To have basic knowledge of all laws of the commonwealth relative to the Police Department and of all ordinances of the Borough and to refer violations of the same to the proper authority.
E. 
To maintain radio contact with the base station at all times and to notify the superior in charge of the duty turn before leaving the patrol car.
F. 
To investigate all suspicious actions for information and/or further investigation.
G. 
To render assistance to the public in need of aid.
H. 
To conduct investigations, take control of property where necessary, secure the site of a crime for discovery of evidence, take control of any evidence and to report the findings and turn over any property or physical evidence to the proper superior officer.
It is hereby established that the following duties apply to all police officers of the Borough of West Mifflin:
A. 
To be responsible for the preservation of the public peace, the protection of life and property and the general good of the Borough.
B. 
To report to a superior officer any violation of orders or regulations of the Department and any misconduct to any police officers to a superior officer.
C. 
To report promptly for duty wearing the proper uniform and maintain a neat appearance.
D. 
To maintain a polite and courteous manner to the public at all times.
Pursuant to and consistent with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States of America and the ordinances of the Borough of West Mifflin, police officers of the Borough of West Mifflin are hereby granted the authority and the power to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the ordinances of the Borough of West Mifflin, including, but not limited to, investigating, arresting for probable cause and committing for hearing all actors suspected of violating or breaching the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the ordinances of the Borough of West Mifflin.
The number of persons to serve in each grade on a full-time basis or part-time basis and the compensation of each shall be as determined by the Council of the Borough of West Mifflin from time to time.
In the absence or unavailability of a Sergeant, the Chief may designate a patrolman as officer in charge. Said designated officer in charge shall assume the duties and responsibilities of a Sergeant until relieved. In the event that police officers of equal rank are in a situation where one should assume command and no officer has been designated as officer in charge, then the officer with the senior time in grade shall be in charge. Said officer shall report the situation to a superior officer as soon as possible under the circumstances for further direction.
A. 
Applicants for a vacant position within the Police Department as set forth in this chapter shall apply to the Civil Service Commission of the Borough and shall be subject to the Commission's rules for competitive examination.
B. 
Provided, however, that the rules and regulations necessary to establish minimum qualifications shall first be submitted to Council for study and approval, and it is hereby mandated that the Commission, by rule or regulation, requires policemen to become residents of the Borough of West Mifflin after appointment to such position.
C. 
Provided further, however, that the appointment of Chief of Police is excluded from this section, and the appointment of said Chief shall be made by Council in accordance with the existing applicable law. This section shall not be construed to limit or prevent Council from making provisional appointments pursuant to Section 1187 of the Borough Code, 53 P.S. § 46187. Any other appointment of the grade patrolman through Captain, inclusive, shall be made in accordance with the Borough Code, as amended, Act of February 1, 1966, P.L. (1965) 1656, No. 581, § 1184, 53 P.S. § 46184.
Nothing herein contained shall effect the authority of the Mayor to appoint special police during emergencies.