City of Ellisville, MO
St. Louis County
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[R.O. 2005 §20-36; CC 1997 §20-36]
Any private watchman providing service within the City limits of Ellisville will be licensed in accordance with all requirements, rules, laws, training, etc., as specified by St. Louis County, who is the licensing agent.
[R.O. 2005 §20-37; CC 1997 §20-37]
It shall be unlawful for any person to act, serve or be employed as a private watchman or security guard in the City without first having registered with, applied to and received from the Chief of Police a special permit and identification card; provided however, that the provisions of this Article shall not apply to regular employees on private property who do not carry firearms.
[R.O. 2005 §20-38; CC 1997 §20-38]
Every person desiring to act, serve or be employed as a private watchman or security guard in the City shall make written application for a special permit and identification card to the Chief of Police, shall file with such application two (2) unmounted photographs of himself/herself (taken full face and not larger than one and one-half (1½) inches by two and one-half (2½) inches) and shall allow his/her fingerprints to be taken by the Police Department at the time he/she submits his/her application.
[R.O. 2005 §20-39; CC 1997 §20-39]
A. 
The form of application to be submitted shall be prescribed by the Chief of Police, must be executed by the person desiring to serve as a private watchman or security guard in the City, must be signed by a responsible person or group of persons or on behalf of a responsible corporation who shall indicate their intention to employ the applicant as a private watchman or security guard, and such application shall contain the following information:
1. 
The name, address and date and place of birth of the person seeking a special permit and identification card as a private watchman or security guard together with the name and address of the person by whom he/she was last employed, the nature of his/her previous employment and the length of time he/she was so employed;
2. 
The name, address and nature of the business of the person desiring to employ the applicant as a private watchman or security guard; and
3. 
The address and description of the premises or locality upon or within which the applicant is to serve as a private watchman or security guard.
[R.O. 2005 §20-40; CC 1997 §20-40]
Applicants for a private watchman's or security guard's special permit and identification card in the City shall deposit the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) upon submission of the application. Said sum shall defray the costs of investigation of each applicant and shall be deposited in the General Revenue Fund of the City.
[R.O. 2005 §20-41; CC 1997 §20-41]
The Council may waive any portion or all of the deposit provided for in Section 610.050 and may eliminate the requirements for a special permit and identification card as provided for in Section 610.020 in the case of private watchmen or security guards employed by recognized detective, investigation, security or protection agencies; provided, that the employees of such detective, investigation, security or protection agencies shall register with the Chief of Police by completing the form of application and submitting the information required by Section 610.040 and upon so doing shall, with the approval of the Council, be deemed to have complied with this Chapter.
[R.O. 2005 §20-42; CC 1997 §20-42]
Special permits shall be issued for a period of one (1) year or less and shall be surrendered at such time as employment of the private watchman or security guard is terminated, unless application has been made for renewal or when the permit is voided for any reason.
[R.O. 2005 §20-43; CC 1997 §20-43]
A. 
Special permits and identification cards may be renewed without cost from year to year under the following conditions:
1. 
If the watchman or guard has been continuously employed and is still employed by the same employer as when his/her special permit and identification card was issued, the employer shall notify the Chief of Police no later than thirty (30) days prior to the expiration of the present special permit of his/her intention to retain the watchman or guard in his/her employ beyond the present period for which the permit was issued and shall in writing request the renewal of the watchman's or guard's special permit and identification card.
2. 
Prior to the renewal of a special permit and identification card and not later than thirty (30) days prior to the expiration of the special permit and identification card then in effect, the watchman or guard shall present himself/herself at the Police Department for fingerprinting.
3. 
At the time renewal is made, the watchman or guard will receive from the Chief of Police a new special permit and identification card.
[R.O. 2005 §20-44; CC 1997 §20-44]
In the event of theft or loss of a private watchman's or security guard's special permit and identification card, the watchman or guard shall immediately inform the Chief of Police in writing of such theft or loss and the circumstances surrounding such theft or loss.
[R.O. 2005 §20-45; CC 1997 §20-45]
The special permits and identification cards of private watchmen or security guards shall be voidable by the Chief of Police without the necessity for his/her citing any cause therefor and with or without notice to the holder of the special permit or to the corporation or person employing the holder of the special permit and identification card. Special permits and identification cards shall terminate automatically upon termination of the employment of a private watchman or security guard by a corporation or person, who shall have signed the application together with the applicant, and such corporation or person shall promptly notify the Chief of Police of the termination of such special permit and identification card or upon the termination of employment of a private watchman or security guard, it shall be the duty of such private watchman or security guard to immediately surrender his/her special permit and identification card to the Chief of Police.
[R.O. 2005 §20-46; CC 1997 §20-46]
Any right as may be granted under the law to a private watchman or security guard to carry or possess a firearm shall be restricted to the actual time such private watchman or security guard is engaged in the duties of a watchman or guard upon the premises or in the locality described his/her application.
[R.O. 2005 §20-47; CC 1997 §20-47]
All private security guards, watchmen and patrolmen registered under the provisions of this Article shall be limited in their jurisdiction in such capacity to the area owned or controlled by their respective employers.
[R.O. 2005 §20-48; CC 1997 §20-48]
The City, in registering security guards and watchmen under this Article, assumes no responsibility for the actions of any security guard or watchman licensed, registered or permitted herein.