City of Pittsfield, MA
Berkshire County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administrative organization — See Charter, Article 6.
Emergency management — See Ch. 4.
Fire Department — See Ch. 7.
Motor vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 13.
STATE LAW REFERENCES
Police officers — See MGL, c. 41, §§ 96 — 101.
State and other police — See MGL, c. 147, § 1 et seq.
Reserve police force in cities — See MGL, c. 147, § 11 et seq.
[Ord. No. 210, § 1; Ord. No. 221, § 1; Ord. No. 252, § 3; Ord. No. 273, § 2; Ord. No. 295, § 1; Ord. No. 319, § 1; Ord. No. 451, § 1; Ord. No. 554, § 2; Ord. No. 566A, § 10; Ord. No. 573, § 1; Ord. No. 612, § 1; Ord. No. 640, § 1; Ord. No. 648, § 1; Ord. No. 24, § 1, 6-15-1967; Ord. No. 78; Ord. No. 358, § 1, 9-27-1979; Ord. No. 605, § 1, 4-27-1988; Ord. No. 631, § 1, 3-17-1989; Ord. No. 781, § 1, 2-14-1995; Ord. No. 878, § I, 9-12-2000; Ord. No. 1077, § I, 2-11-2014]
The Chief or such person who is charged with the responsibility of overseeing and managing the Department shall structure the Department based upon the approved annual Department budget, his/her determination of the needs of the City, including but not limited to: the number of police officers, designation of ranks, duties of the officers, and creating and structuring of the Divisions as determined by the Chief, subject to approval by the Mayor and City Council. The objective of assigning to the Chief these duties is to create an effective, efficient, and functional Department for the citizens of Pittsfield based upon changing economic, social, and law enforcement considerations both for the City of Pittsfield and cooperative law enforcement considerations between the Pittsfield Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.
[Ord. No. 210, § 1; Ord. No. 221, § 1; Ord. No. 252, § 3; Ord. No. 273, § 2, Ord. No. 295, § 1; Ord. No. 319, § 1; Ord. No. 451, § 1; Ord. No. 554, § 2; Ord. No. 556A, § 10; Ord. No. 573, § 1; Ord. No. 55, § 1, 5-22-1968; Ord. No. 1077, § II, 2-11-2014]
The members of the Police Department enumerated in § 18-1 shall perform all the duties and be subject to all the rules and regulations prescribed by law, ordinance or orders of the Mayor and City Council.
[R. O. 1947, ch. 18, § 2]
Before entering upon service, each member of the Police Department of the city shall be sworn to the faithful discharge of the duties of his office.
[Ord. No. 546, § 1, 7-10-1986]
(a) 
In accordance with Article 2, Section 2-10 and Article 3, Section 3-3, and Section 23 of the City Charter enacted by Chapter 72 of the Acts of 2013, the Mayor shall appoint a Chief of Police.
[Ord. No. 1155, § I, 9-29-2015]
(b) 
In accordance with Article 3, Section 3-3 of the City Charter enacted by Chapter 72 of the Acts of 2013, the Mayor may remove the Chief of Police in his sole discretion.
[Ord. No. 1155, § II, 9-29-2015]
(c) 
The Chief of Police shall receive such salary as the City Council shall determine by ordinance.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Sec. 18-5, Police auxiliary school patrol generally, as amended, was repealed 2-11-2014 by Ord. No. 1077, § III.
[R. O. 1947, ch. 18, § 3]
The reserve police force already established is hereby continued subject to provisions of law and civil service regulations, and such reserve police force shall in all respects be subject to and governed by the provisions of this chapter and the laws and rules therein referred to in so far as the same are applicable.
[R. O. 1947, ch. 18, § 4]
The Chief of Police shall be the head of the Police Department and shall have general supervision and control of its officers and members and of constables when in the service of the city. He shall keep an account of all absences from duty with the cause thereof and shall, on or before Monday of each week, present to the auditor the payroll of such members of the Police Department as are not included under the provisions of Chapter 6. He shall keep complete records of the business of the Police Department and shall, whenever required, report the doings of the Department to the City Council. He shall report to the Mayor and City Council annually, on or before the first Monday of February, the condition and organization of the Police Department and give a synopsis of its doings for the preceding year.
[R. O. 1947, ch. 18, § 5]
The Chief of Police shall cause proceedings to be instituted for the prosecution of all violations of law, the provisions of this Code or other city ordinances and shall attend to the trial of the same, except as otherwise provided by law, the provisions of this Code or other city ordinance; and each member of the Police Department shall enforce the laws of the commonwealth, the provisions of this Code and the other ordinances of the city and any order or regulation of the city, its City Council, officials, boards or departments having the force of law.
[R. O. 1947, ch. 18, §§ 7, 11]
The Chief of Police may establish rules and regulations for the government and management of the Police Department consistent with law, the provisions of this Code and with the other ordinances of the city, subject to the approval of the Mayor and City Council.
All rules and regulations concerning the Police Department of the city heretofore made and not inconsistent with this chapter shall continue in effect until modified in accordance therewith.
[R. O. 1947, ch. 18, § 6]
From the stated compensation received by the members of the Police Department, including the reserve police force, there shall be deducted any fines or abatements imposed for disobedience of the rules and regulations thereof.
[R. O. 1947, ch. 18, § 9]
Police headquarters shall be open day and night.
[Ord. No. 1186, § I, 5-9-2017]
The Chief of Police shall provide written notice to the Mayor and City Council of any change in policies regarding the role of the Pittsfield Police Department in immigration enforcement at least 30 days prior to issuance.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Sec. 18-12, Uniforms, etc.—Allowances generally, as amended, was repealed 2-11-2014 by Ord. No. 1077, § IV.
[Ord. No. 102, § 1; Ord. No. 566A, § 12]
The expenditure of municipal funds for uniforms for members of the Police Department and annual clothing allowance for patrolmen detailed to duty with the detective bureau shall be made subject to, and in accordance with the terms and provisions of such rules and regulations established by the chief of police and approved by the city council.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Sec. 18-14, Same—Police auxiliary school patrol, as amended, was repealed 2-11-2014 by Ord. No. 1077, § V.
[Ord. No. 4, § 2; Ord. No. 18; Ord. No. 48, § 1]
The duties of the incumbent of the position of motor equipment repairmen in the police department are to wash, polish, service, repair, maintain and care for all motor vehicles, motor equipment, and all other equipment used in the operation of the police department, and to do all other work incidental thereto; and additionally thereto, in general to perform such work as directed by the chief of police, as is usually performed by a motor equipment repairman. The hours of employment shall be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., daily, subject to the usual lunch hour, and subject to the right to be off duty on one day of each week, such day off to be designated by the chief of police. Such motor equipment repairman, subject to the provisions of General Laws, chapter 31, as amended, and the civil service rules and regulations thereunder, shall be appointed only by, and be subject to removal by the chief of police.
[Ord. No. 43, § 1; Ord. No. 581, § 1]
The clerk of the police department shall have charge of the clerical work, operations and records of such department under the direction of the chief of police, and in general shall perform such duties as directed by the chief of police, as are usually performed by clerks. Such clerks, subject to the provisions of General Laws, chapter 31, as amended, and the civil service rules and regulations thereunder, shall be appointed by the chief of police.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Sec. 18-17, Constables, and former Sec. 18-18, Height and weight requirements for police officers, as amended, both of which immediately followed, were repealed 2-11-2014 by Ord. No. 1077, § VII and VIII, respectively.