[Ord. No. 56 §1, 9-1-1995]
There is hereby established the Department of Police of the City of Wildwood which shall consist of the Marshal, who shall serve as the Chief of Police, and such other officers and members as may be provided from time to time by the City Council.
[Ord. No. 56 §2, 9-1-1995]
The officers of the Police Department shall be conservators of the peace, and shall be active and vigilant in the preservation of good order within the City. Every member of the Police Department shall have power at all times to make or order an arrest with proper process for any offense against the laws of the City or the State, and to keep the offender in the City Prison or other proper place to prevent his/her escape until a trial can be had before the proper officer, unless such offender shall give a good and sufficient bond for his/her appearance for trial, and shall also have power to make arrests without process in all cases in which any offense against the laws of the City or the State shall be committed in his/her presence. Every member of the Police Department is also empowered to serve and execute all warrants, subpoenas, writs or other process issued by the judge hearing and determining municipal ordinance violation cases of the City at any place within the limits of the County or Counties within which the City is located. Every member of the Police Department shall have the power to make or order an arrest in areas leased or owned by the municipality outside of the boundaries of such municipality.
[Ord. No. 56 §3, 9-1-1995]
Police Officers shall also have the power to issue such writs, notices, and orders as may be issued by the City, and to collect fines assessed for ordinance violations and pay the same to the City Treasury.
[Ord. No. 56 §4, 9-1-1995]
The City may contract with another governmental entity to provide Police protection, and in such event, the Police Officers of such entity shall be the Police Officers of the City who shall have all such powers as may be authorized to Police Officers of the City. The entity contracted with shall establish such divisions, officers, or take other actions as is required of a Municipal Police Department by law. The powers and duties of the Chief of Police relating to the enforcement of laws shall be executed by the officer responsible for such duties in the contracted entity, and the City Marshal shall have such duties as are prescribed by ordinance.
[Ord. No. 56 §5, 9-1-1995]
Before entering upon his/her duty, all officers in the Police Department shall take the following oath: "I do solemnly swear that I shall uphold the Constitutions of the United States and of the State of Missouri, the laws of the United States and the State of Missouri, and the ordinances of the City of Wildwood, Missouri; and that I shall faithfully demean myself in office".
[Ord. No. 56 §6, 9-1-1995]
There is hereby established a Board of Public Safety which shall have and exercise oversight authority over the Police Department, its equipment, operation, personnel and any other aspect of the Department whether the same is in existence now, or shall come into existence in the future, or shall exist by contract with another governmental entity. In the event that Police services are contracted for by the City, the Board shall exercise its authority consistent with such contractual provisions. The Board shall be responsible for making recommendations to the Council regarding public safety issues and shall oversee emergency preparedness plans, review development plans for public safety concerns, and coordinate public safety among various agencies and governmental entities.
[Ord. No. 259 §1, 9-9-1996; Ord. No. 1318 §1, 6-26-2006]
The Board of Public Safety shall consist of three (3) resident members of the City, the City Marshal, and a Council member, each of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor with approval of the City Council. The members of the Board of Public Safety shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and the City Council.
The terms of office for the three (3) resident members of the Board of Public Safety shall be for a period of three (3) years commencing on July first (1st) of the year of their appointment and ending on June thirtieth (30th) of the year in which they complete their tenure as a Board member, unless otherwise appointed. The three (3) citizen members serving on the Board of Public Safety, as of the effective date hereof, shall, no later than August 4, 2006, choose the respective length of term for each member by a method determined by a majority of the Board. If the Board does not so choose, the Mayor will determine the length of term for each member. One (1) citizen member shall serve for a one (1) year period, one (1) for two (2) years and one (1) for a three (3) year period.
All subsequent terms shall be for three (3) years. Anyone filling a vacancy shall be appointed for the remainder of the unexpired term of the citizen member leaving the Board of Public Safety.
[Ord. No. 56 §8, 9-1-1995]
The members of the Board of Public Safety shall elect a secretary of the Board and shall establish its own rules which shall be published and filed with the City Clerk and shall keep a record of all meetings for the transaction of business, which record shall be open to the public.