Town of Plainville, CT
Hartford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Plainville 3-24-1980; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be a Division of Police also known as a "Police Department" comprised of one Chief of Police and such number of ranking officers, police officers and other employees of the Police Department as the Town Council may from time to time authorize.
For the purpose of efficient conduct and operation of the Police Department, its functions shall be divided into the following ranks and grades:
A. 
Chief of Police.
B. 
Captains.
C. 
Lieutenants.
D. 
Sergeants.
E. 
Corporals.
F. 
Police officers.
G. 
Other employees (clerks, dispatchers, etc.).
A. 
Police officers. Appointments to fill funded, vacant positions in the rank of police officer are to be open to all persons of good moral character who have attained the age of 21 at the time of application and who meet the qualifications established by the State of Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council and the Director of Safety. Appointments shall be made by an examination, including a written test and oral interview, and other testing, including physical ability and mental and physical health, as may be required by the Director of Safety. The Town Council may appoint from the list of those qualified candidates such number of candidates, from time to time, as it deems necessary to provide an adequate number of police officers to provide police service to the Town. Upon appointment by the Town Council a candidate shall become a police officer. Any person appointed a police officer shall, as a requirement of continued appointment, establish and maintain a residence within the State of Connecticut.
B. 
Corporals. Promotion to a funded, vacant position in the rank of Corporal in the Plainville Police Department shall be made within the Division of Police from among the police officers with at least three years of service, by an examination, including written test and oral interview, and such other testing, including physical agility and mental and physical health, as may be required by the Director of Safety. The Town Council may appoint from the list of those qualified candidates such number of candidates, from time to time, as it deems necessary to provide an adequate number of Corporals to provide police service to the Town. Upon promotion by the Town Council, a candidate shall be a Corporal. Any person appointed to the rank of Corporal shall, as a requirement of continued appointment, establish and maintain a residence within the State of Connecticut.
C. 
Sergeants. Promotion to a funded, vacant position in the rank of Sergeant in the Plainville Police Department shall be made within the Division of Police from among the police officers with at least three years of service, by an examination, including written test and oral interview, and such other testing, including physical agility and mental and physical health, as may be required by the Director of Safety. The Town Council may appoint from the list of those qualified candidates such number of candidates, from time to time, as it deems necessary to provide an adequate number of Sergeants to provide police service to the Town. Upon promotion by the Town Council, a candidate shall be a Sergeant. Any person appointed to the rank of Sergeant shall, as a requirement of continued appointment, establish and maintain a residence within the State of Connecticut.
D. 
Lieutenants. Appointment to fill a funded, vacant position of Lieutenant shall be made by an examination, including written test and/or oral interview, and such other testing, including physical agility and mental and physical health, as may be required from time to time by the Director of Safety. An examination shall be open to Sergeants or others deemed qualified by the Director of Safety within or without the Police Department. Consideration shall be given to police experience and training in Plainville and elsewhere. The names and scores of the top three candidates who qualify shall be submitted to the Town Council for its review, and from among those presented it may appoint such candidates to fill the number of funded, vacant Lieutenant positions as the Town Council decides to fill. Upon promotion by the Town Council, a candidate shall be a Lieutenant. Any person appointed to the rank of Lieutenant shall, as a requirement of continued appointment, establish and maintain a residence within the State of Connecticut.
E. 
Captains. Appointment to fill a funded, vacant position of Captain shall be made by written examination and/or oral interview and consideration shall be given to police experience and training in Plainville and elsewhere and any other qualifications deemed pertinent by the Town Council. Candidates for Captain may be recruited from outside the Town of Plainville and from outside the Plainville Division of Police, and the names and scores of the top three candidates who qualify shall be submitted to the Town Council for its review, and from among those presented it may approve and appoint the Captain. Any person appointed to the rank of Captain shall, as a requirement of continued appointment, establish and maintain a residence within the State of Connecticut.
F. 
Chief of Police. An appointment to Chief of Police shall be made by written examination and/or oral interview and consideration shall be given to police experience and training in Plainville and elsewhere and any other qualifications deemed pertinent by the Town Council. Candidates for Chief may be recruited from outside the Town of Plainville and from outside the Plainville Division of Police, and the names and scores of the top three candidates who qualify shall be submitted to the Town Council for its review, and from among those presented it may approve and appoint the Chief of Police. Any person appointed to the rank of Chief of Police shall, as a requirement of continued appointment, establish and maintain a residence within the State of Connecticut.
The Police Manual titled "Police Manual, Police Department, Town of Plainville, Connecticut, June 25, 1979, amended February 4, 1980, and April 9, 2014," is hereby continued in full force and effect.
A. 
Wherever the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut, the Charter of the Town of Plainville or this chapter contradicts or conflicts with the Police Manual, the General Statutes, the Charter of the Town of Plainville and/or this chapter shall take precedence.
B. 
The Town Council shall revise the Police Manual from time to time, as deemed necessary.
All police personnel shall be subject to such special duties as assigned by the Chief of Police.
There shall be established a chain of command to assure direction and leadership. During the absence or inability of the Chief, the Captain shall be in command. During the absence or inability of the Chief and the Captain, the next senior Lieutenant shall be in command. During the absence or inability of the Chief, the Captain and Lieutenants, the on-duty shift commander shall assume command.
All lists of qualified candidates shall expire two years from the date of submission of the lists and shall not thereafter be used for appointment or promotion.
This chapter shall take effect after passage and 30 days after publication, and shall affect all appointments and promotions after that date.