City of Troy, MO
Lincoln County
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[R.O. 2006 §200.010; Ord. No. 642 §7.185, 5-5-1980]
The Police Department shall consist of a Chief of Police, who shall be the Director of the Department, together with such subordinate Officers of Police and Detectives as may be deemed necessary for the proper conduct of the duties of the Department.
[R.O. 2006 §200.020; CC 1980 §200.020, Ord. No. 500, 2-10-1966]
He/she shall have day to day supervision of the Police Officers subject to the provisions of Section 115.270 of this Code.
The Chief of Police shall devote his/her entire time to the discharge of his/her official duties. He/she shall not be absent from the City except in the performance of his/her official duties, or when granted leave of absence by the Mayor.
[R.O. 2006 §200.030; Ord. No. 642 §7.195, 5-5-1980]
It shall be the duty of each member of the Police Department to protect the life and property of all persons in the City, and to obey punctually the orders of the Chief thereof; and all the members thereof shall, to the best of their ability preserve order, peace and quiet throughout the City.
[R.O. 2006 §200.040; CC 1980 §200.030; Ord. No. 500, 2-10-1966]
Assignment. Assignment of a Police Officer is at the discretion of the Chief of Police. For the purpose of this Chapter all Police, including the Chief, are considered Police Officers.
The Police Officer shall be familiar with every part of the City, observing anything unusual to assist in the prevention of crime.
He/she shall examine all doors and windows of stores and industrial buildings at night and report any that are not properly secured.
He/she shall report whenever he/she had reasonable grounds to suspect that any building or part thereof is being used in violation of the law or is the resort for persons of known bad character and be prepared to give information relative to the nature of business conducted by firms on his/her beat.
He/she shall enforce all traffic ordinances in addition to his/her other duties.
He/she shall be held responsible for the care and operating condition of police vehicles.
[R.O. 2006 §200.050; CC 1980 §200.040; Ord. No. 500, 2-10-1966]
Rules Of Conduct And Penalties For Infractions Thereof. Any of the following may be considered proper cause for the suspension or dismissal under charges of any member of the Police Department:
For drinking intoxicating liquor while on duty or in uniform.
For intoxication while either on or off duty.
For willful disobedience to any order lawfully issued to him/her.
For disrespect shown to the Mayor or an Alderman.
For incompetency to perform any of his/her duties.
For any neglect of duty.
For making known, any investigation or proposed movement of the Department to any person not a member of the Department or for discussing the affairs of the Department.
For unnecessary and unwarranted violence to a prisoner.
For cowardice or for lack of energy which may be construed as either incompetency or gross neglect of duty.
For sleeping on duty.
For violating any of the rules of the Department.
For indecent, profane or harsh language while on duty or in uniform.
For absence without leave.
For conduct unbecoming an officer whether on duty or off duty.
For conduct detrimental to the good order and discipline of the Department.
For careless handling of City property, either fixed or movable.
Conduct And Deportment. All members of the Department shall be quiet, civil and orderly in their conduct and deportment, and shall at all times be attentive and zealous in the discharge of their duties, controlling their temper and exercising the utmost patience and discretion. They shall answer any question put to them with all possible correctness and courtesy (not in a short and careless manner), avoiding at all times unnecessary conversation or argument.
Disturbances To Be Reported And Attempt Made To Restore Peace. Any member of the Department shall go instantly to the scene of any disturbance or breach of the peace occurring within his/her vicinity, use his/her best effort to restore peace and quiet, making such arrests as may be necessary, and notify and make necessary reports to the Police Department.
Truthfulness Of Members. All members of the Department are required to speak the truth at all times, and under all circumstances, whether under oath or not. If forbidden by the rules of the Department to divulge information, they will say "no comment".
Members To Give Names. Any member of the Department, when called upon to do so by any person under any circumstances, shall give his/her name in a respectful and courteous manner.
Bearing. No member of the Department shall lean upon or place his/her foot on a car while issuing a ticket.
Opinion On Controversial Subjects. Officers shall refrain from discussing the merits or demerits of any law or decision or conduct of the Municipal Court in public.
Members Shall Work Together And Not Shirk Duty. Every member of the Department is expected to discharge his/her duties with coolness and firmness in all cases, and in times of extreme peril, all available officers shall act together and assist and protect each other in restoring peace and order. Any one shirking his/her duty in case of danger or responsibility in an emergency shall be considered unworthy of a place in the Troy Police Department.
Members Should Use Judgment In Discharge Of Duty. All members of the Department shall be particularly careful not to interfere officiously or unnecessarily in the private business of any person, but when required to in the discharge of his/her duty, he/she shall do so with energy and decision, and in the proper exercise of his/her authority he/she will receive the fullest support of the Department.
Testimony. Officers shall appear in court on any case in which they are witnesses. If duty demands their absence from the Municipal Court, they shall report the matter to the Chief of Police in order that the case may be continued. Officers on the witness stand, in response to questions asked, will state in clear and distinct words truthfully, all they know regarding the matter, without fear or reservation and without any desire to design to influence the results.
Members Will Be Familiar With Rules And Regulations. Each member of the Department will be furnished with a copy of these rules and regulations which he/she shall keep in his/her possession, and shall be familiar with the contents.
[R.O. 2006 §200.060; CC 1980 §200.050; Ord. No. 500, 2-10-1966]
Although certain hours are required for the performance of duty on ordinary occasions, members must be prepared at all times to act immediately on notice that their service is required. Members of the Department shall be considered as always on duty for the purpose of discipline. The hours of duty will be regulated by the Board of Aldermen.
[R.O. 2006 §200.070; CC 1980 §200.060; Ord. No. 500, 2-10-1966]
Police Officers are not to use Police cars excepting in discharge of their duties as Police. Police cars are not available for personal use.
[R.O. 2006 §200.080; CC 1980 §200.070; Ord. No. 500, 2-10-1966]
Although regular hours of duty shall be assigned to all members of the Department, it shall be the duty of every officer of the City, at all times, day or night, within the City to preserve the public peace, protect the rights of persons and property, guard the public health, preserve order at all elections and public assemblies, prevent and remove, if possible, nuisances on and in all streets, highways, areaways, alleys and other places and enforce the criminal law of the State and the ordinances of the City.
[R.O. 2006 §200.090; CC 1980 §200.080; Ord. No. 500, 2-10-1966]
No officer shall willfully mistreat or use unnecessary violence toward any person, prisoner or otherwise. The officer shall not strike any prisoner except as a last resort in an effort to overcome resistance or prevent escape. An officer shall not shoot at a fleeing person or any escaping prisoner unless he/she knows that such person has committed a felony.
[R.O. 2006 §200.100; CC 1980 §200.090; Ord. No. 500, 2-10-1966]
The Chief of Police and all other Police Officers shall be of good moral character and shall not have been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony. The Board of Aldermen may require a satisfactory score upon a written examination from any applicant. All Police Officers shall meet training requirement as set by State Statute.
[R.O. 2006 §200.110; Ord. No. 642 §7.210, 5-5-1980]
The Chief of Police and officers of Police shall have authority and power to serve and execute all warrants, subpoenas, writs, notices or other process issued by the Municipal Judge, Board of Aldermen or other officers having authority to issue the same, at any place within the limits of City or property owned or leased by the City and make return thereof according to law or ordinance.
[R.O. 2006 §200.120; Ord. No. 642 §7.215, 5-5-1980]
It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police and his/her subordinate to report for prosecution all persons who shall violate any ordinances of the City, and all information and facts coming to his/her knowledge having reference thereto.
[R.O. 2006 §200.130; Ord. No. 642 §7.220, 5-5-1980]
To make an arrest for the commission of an offense the officer may break open any outer or inner door or window of a dwelling house or other building, or any other enclosure, if, after notice of his/her office and purpose, he/she be refused admittance.
[R.O. 2006 §200.140; Ord. No. 642 §7.230, 5-5-1980]
Any person arrested for violation of the ordinances of this City shall be immediately conveyed to the Lincoln County Jail or such other place of confinement as the Chief of Police may direct, and the Chief of Police and members of the Police Department shall have the authority and power to keep such person in the County Jail or other such place of confinement and prevent his/her escape until a trial can be held before the proper court, except as otherwise provided by ordinance.
[R.O. 2006 §200.150; Ord. No. 642 §7.240, 5-5-1980]
A person arrested by the Chief of Police or a member of the Police Department shall be held in accordance with Section 200.140, except that such persons may be released by order of the City Counselor, Municipal Judge or other proper officer, or upon bail or bond in such a sum as may seem sufficient and proper with sufficient security for his/her appearance at a time and place stated in the bond.
[R.O. 2006 §200.160; Ord. No. 642 §7.250, 5-5-1980]
The Chief of Police and members of the Police Department shall have the power to serve as marshals or bailiffs of the Municipal Court and enforce its orders, judgments and decrees.
[R.O. 2006 §200.170; Ord. No. 710, 6-6-1989]
Definitions. Any Police Officer of a political subdivision who has completed the basic Police training program as described in Chapter 590, RSMo.
Any situation in which the Peace Officer has a reasonable belief that a crime is about to be committed, is being committed, or has been committed involving injury or threat of injury to any person, property, or governmental interest and his/her response is reasonably necessary to prevent or end such emergency situation or mitigate the likelihood of injury involved in such emergency situation. The determination of the existence of any emergency situation shall be in the discretion of the Peace Officer making the response or in the discretion of a Peace Officer or governmental officer of the political subdivision in which the emergency situation is alleged to be occurring.
To take any and all action which the Peace Officer may lawfully take as if exercising his/her powers in his/her own jurisdiction.
An agreement is entered into between the City of Troy, Missouri, and Lincoln County, Missouri, wherein Police Officers, Sheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs, or Peace Officers, duly commissioned in either political subdivision may respond and assist in an emergency situation outside the normal confines of their political venue.
Any Peace Officer who responds to an emergency situation, pursuant to the provisions of this Section (by definition) shall not be liable for civil damages for acts or omissions other than damages caused by the negligence or by willful or wanton acts or omission by the Peace Officers responding to the emergency situation.
It is the intent of this Section to apply only to those situations as defined above and a written report is to be submitted by the responding officer to both the Chief of Police and Sheriff, and made available to both Governing Boards within twenty-four (24) hours.