[Ord. No. 288-95 §1, 7-10-1995]
Law enforcement mutual aid is added and shall authorize mutual aid between political subdivisions in emergency situations and shall read as follows:
Any Police Officer of the City of Strafford shall have the authority to respond to an emergency situation outside the City boundaries when the emergency situation arises within any political subdivision that also has authorized its Police Officers to respond to emergency situations within the City of Strafford, Missouri.
Any Police Officer from any political subdivision that has a law enforcement mutual aid agreement with the City of Strafford shall have the authority to respond to emergency situations in the City of Strafford.
As used in this Section, "Police Officer" means an officer who has completed the basic Police training program promulgated by the City of Strafford, Missouri, after receiving a request for assistance from the Strafford Police Department or one (1) of its Law Enforcement Officers.
Police Officers of any political subdivision that has authorized its Police Officers to respond to the City of Springfield, as listed in Section 200.050, are also hereby authorized to respond to any emergency situation arising in the City of Strafford, Missouri, after receiving a request for assistance from the Strafford Police Department or one (1) of its Law Enforcement Officers.
As used in this Section, "Police Officer" means an officer who has completed the basic Police training program promulgated by Chapter 590, RSMo. As used in this Section, "respond" shall mean to take any and all action which the Police Officer may lawfully take as if exercising his/her powers within the jurisdiction of his/her employing City. As used in this Section, "emergency situation" means any situation in which the 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 that his/her response is reasonable necessary to prevent or end such emergency situation.
[Ord. No. 288-95 §I, 7-10-1995]
Section 70.820, RSMo., along with this Article of the City of Strafford, Missouri, has authorized Strafford Police Officers, under limited conditions, to respond to emergency situations outside the City of Strafford. This enables our officers to respond to calls for assistance from other law enforcement agencies when they have an emergency situation.
[Ord. No. 288-95 §II, 7-10-1995]
It shall be the policy of the Strafford Police Department to respond to a request for assistance from another Law Enforcement Agency when an emergency exist, provided the political subdivision governing that agency has authorized Strafford Police Officers to respond to emergency situations arising therein.
[Ord. No. 288-95 §III, 7-10-1995]
Definitions. As used in this Article, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
- EMERGENCY SITUATION
- Any situation in which the officer has 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 government interest and that his/her response is reasonably necessary to prevent or end such emergency situation or mitigate the likelihood of injury involved in such emergency situation.
- LONG-TERM OR MULTIPLE-EVENT RESPONSE
- A request for assistance when the task will be of more than two (2) hours duration or will involve multiple tasks or any request outside the County.
- Any and all action which the Police Officer may lawfully take as if exercising his/her powers within the City of Strafford.
- SHORT-TERM RESPONSE
- A request for assistance when the task appears to be of less than two (2) hours in duration and is within the County.
Authority. In responding to an emergency situation outside the City limits, Strafford Police Officers are authorized to engage in only those actions which are reasonably required to deal with the contingencies of the emergency situation itself. While actively engaged in the performance of his/her duties in direct response to the contingencies of an emergency outside the City limits, on-duty Strafford Police Officers possess the same authority and powers as though operating within the City limits.
Strafford Police Officers may respond to an emergency request by another Law Enforcement Agency for a short term only after authorization by a Strafford Police supervisor or commanding officer. Supervisors and commanding officers shall consider the nature of the emergency, current on-duty strength and workload in the City prior to their decisions.
Example. A robbery occurs outside the City and an armed suspect is contained in a building. The County does not have sufficient personnel to handle the incident and request Strafford Police Officers to assist. This would require prior authorization by a supervisor.
Exception. Where a life threatening emergency is in view of an on-duty officer and time does not permit prior authorization, the officer shall immediately notify the dispatcher and seek authorization at the first (1st) available point.
Example. An officer is near the City limits and observes a Law Enforcement Officer in an altercation with a citizen as a result of a vehicle stop outside the City. The officer may respond and assist, seeking authorization at the first (1st) available point.
Long-Term And Multiple-Event Response.
Long-term or multiple-event response authorization of Lieutenant or higher authority and notification to the Board or Mayor prior to or as soon as practical after committing officers to the emergency situation.
Example. An officer in another jurisdiction is shot. The subsequent hunt for the suspect requires a large amount of manpower and we receive a request for assistance. This would require prior authorization.
Reporting And Supervision.
Any time Strafford Police Officers respond to emergency situations outside the City limits, the primary unit will be designated. The primary unit officer shall submit an appropriate written report of the incident and Strafford Police Department Officer(s) involvement in the situation.
When officers respond outside the City, the Strafford Police Department chain of command shall remain intact. Officers may comply with all reasonable requests of the agency with primary jurisdiction but remain under direct supervision of the Strafford Police Department.
[Ord. No. 288-95 App. A, 7-10-1995]
The following Cities have mutual-aid agreements with the City of Strafford.
[Ord. No. 415-00 Art. I — II, 3-6-2000]
The City of Strafford hereby adopts and will enforce this policy prohibiting the use of excessive force by law enforcement agencies within its jurisdiction against any individual engaged in non-violent civil rights demonstrations. The City of Strafford also prohibits the physical barring of any entrance or exit to such a facility and will enforce all applicable State laws in this regard.
Any person charged with a violation of any provision of this resolution will be served by the City of Strafford with written notice stating the nature of the violation.
Any person convicted of this violation shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each violation. Each day on which such violation occurs shall be deemed to be a separate offense.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this resolution shall become liable to the City of Strafford for any expense, loss or damage occasioned the City of Strafford by reason of such violation.