§ A296-17Eligibility for examination.
§ A296-20Age requirements.
§ A296-21General qualifications for all applicants.
§ A296-22General qualifications for applicants for Lieutenant and Sergeant.
§ A296-23General qualifications for applicants for Chief of Police.
§ A296-24Recording of application.
§ A296-25Sequence of selection process.
§ A296-26Disqualification/rejection of applicant.
§ A296-27Hearing for disqualified applicants.
§ A296-28Penalty for false statement.
§ A296-29Public notice.
In order to be eligible for participation in the hiring/examination procedure for any entry level patrol officer position with the Police Department, every applicant must submit a completed application form to the Commission, or its designee before the deadline stated by the Commission for that specific examination. The applicant must make an oath or affirmation that the application is completed truthfully, and the applicant is subject to the penalties of 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 4904 relating to unsworn falsification to authorities.
The Borough is an equal opportunity employer. It is the Borough's and the Commission's policy to grant equal employment opportunities to qualified persons without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, veteran's status, marital status or non-job-related physical or mental handicap or disability. The Borough and the Commission will provide equal opportunities in regards to the examination process and in regards to employment and promotion.
Application forms shall be available to all interested persons in the office of the Chief of Police, and from such other offices and officers that the Commission, from time to time, may choose to designate. Application forms may be mailed upon written or telephone request. However, the Commission assumes no responsibility for missed filing deadlines due to a delay in the mail.
All applicants must have reached their 21st birthday before the deadline for submitting completed applications.
Each applicant for a position in the Police Department shall be a citizen of the United States, and shall possess a high school diploma or an equivalent degree. Each applicant for a police officer position must have successfully completed Act 120 training and be able to be certified by the M.P.O.E.T.C. Every applicant must be physically and mentally fit to perform all of the essential functions of a police officer. Each applicant shall be of good moral character, and currently licensed to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Pennsylvania.
In addition to meeting the qualifications in § A296-21 above, all applicants for the position of Lieutenant and Sergeant shall not have received a formal written reprimand for one year prior to the deadline for submitting applications, or have been demoted for disciplinary reasons or suspended without pay at any time five years prior to the deadline for submitting applications. (Discipline which has been successfully challenged is not applicable.) Any formal written reprimand, disciplinary demotion or suspension to which the applicant has timely appealed pursuant to a contractual grievance procedure or these rules and regulations shall be disregarded unless the appeal is resolved prior to the creation of the eligibility list.
All applicants [Note: prior service with the Borough Police Department is not a prerequisite for the position of Lieutenant and Sergeant] shall have continuous prior service with the Police Department of West View as follows:
An applicant for the position of Lieutenant shall have at least five years of service at the Department or, at the discretion of Borough Council, may have a total of at least five years of policing experience at the rank of Lieutenant or above;
An applicant for the position of Sergeant shall have at least three years of experience as a patrol officer within the Police Department, an applicant must demonstrate a working knowledge of police science and administration as ascertained by an appropriate promotional examination.
An applicant must demonstrate an ability to supervise the work of subordinates.
An applicant must have achieved at least a rating equivalent to "excellent" on their latest service rating, if such a rating system is established in the Police Department. At the discretion of the Commission, an evaluation of experience, training general background and other such records of performance of the applicant may augment, or be substituted for, the service rating.
The essential functions for the position of Lieutenant and Sergeant are contained in the job description.
Every applicant for the position of Chief of Police must be a United States citizen, be physically and mentally fit to perform the essential functions listed in the job description for Police Chief, must be able to be certified by M.P.O.E.T.C, and, prior to appointment, possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
All applications for the Police Department shall be received at the Borough Building only after a hiring or promotional test has been properly advertised and before the deadline for receiving applications, which are set forth in the public advertisement.
The Borough, or its designee, shall review each application, upon receipt, for the purpose of determining that such application contains no errors or omissions. Any application received more than 10 days prior to the filing deadline, containing errors or omissions shall be returned to the applicant for correction or addition. An application received within less than 10 days prior to the filing of the deadline and containing material errors or omissions shall not be considered, and will not be returned. The Commission, or its designee, shall date, number, and record, in the order of receipt, all applications free of errors and omissions. The individual recording the applications shall note whether the individual has veteran's status and whether the individual has given notice of a need for a reasonable accommodation in the application or examination process. An application, once recorded, shall not be returned to the applicant.
To insure the proper order of the selection process, the following sequence of events shall be followed in the selection of entry level police officers:
The Commission may refuse to examine, or, if examined, may refuse to certify as eligible after examination, any applicant who is found to lack any of the minimum qualifications for examination as prescribed below. The Commission may refuse to examine, or if examined, may refuse to certify any applicant who is physically or mentally unfit to perform the full duties of the position to which he seeks employment, or who is a habitual substance abuser, who is guilty of any crime involving moral turpitude, or of infamous or notoriously disgraceful conduct, who has been dismissed from public service for delinquency or misconduct in office.
Further, an applicant may be disqualified or rejected for one of the following criteria, such conduct may include, but is not limited to:
Having been convicted of a crime for which the punishment can be more than one year imprisonment as defined in Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, as defined in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred or as defined in the Military Code of Conduct.
Having been released from any military or civilian Police Department for actions or inactions which, though not committed while employed as a Borough of West View police officer, could result in discipline if engaged in by a member of the Borough of West View Police Department.
Having been released from any civilian Police Department during probation.
Having a history of heavy gambling loss, or failure to remain current in the payment of taxes.
Failure to provide support for minor children.
Evidence of present improper use of controlled substances as defined in schedules I through V of Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C.A. § 812.
Physically or mentally unfit to perform the full duties of the position to which he seeks employment.
Any applicant who is a habitual substance abuser.
Is guilty of any crime involving moral turpitude, or of infamous or notoriously disgraceful conduct.
Has been dismissed from public service for delinquency of misconduct in office.
Any applicant or other person who believes that he is aggrieved by the actions of the Commission, in refusing to examine or to certify him as eligible after examination, may request a hearing before the Commission. The applicant or aggrieved party must make their request for a hearing, in writing, within 10 calendar days of the date when the party knew or should have known of the Commission's action which is being challenged. Within 10 days after such request, the Commission shall designate a time and place for the hearing where the applicant may appear personally and by counsel. The hearing shall be conducted pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Local Agency Law, 2 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.
The statements made by the applicant in the official application shall contain no falsification, omission or concealment of material fact. Should investigation disclose any willful misstatement, falsification or concealment with respect to an application:
The application shall be invalid and the applicant shall be disqualified from examination;
If the applicant shall have been examined, the name of such applicant shall be removed from the eligibility list;
If the applicant shall have been appointed, such deliberate falsification, omission or concealment shall constitute grounds for dismissal from the Police Department. (Such falsification, omission or concealment shall be grounds for dismissal no matter how long the time frame between appointment and the discovery of the falsification, omission or concealment.)
Any applicant or other person who believes that they are aggrieved as a result of the actions of the Commission referenced in this section may request a hearing before the Commission pursuant to § A296-27.
No person who shall make any application containing a deliberate misstatement, falsification, omission or concealment shall be permitted to make any future application for any position in the Police Department of the Borough.
The Commission shall conspicuously post in the Borough Building an announcement of the hiring or promotional testing and set forth the time and place of every examination, together with the information as to the type of position to be filled, the requirements for that position, where applications may be obtained for the examination, and the deadline for filing those applications. In addition, at least two weeks but not more than six weeks prior to each examination, publication of the notice shall occur in at least one newspaper of general circulation or a newspaper circulating generally in the Borough.