City of Ozark, MO
Christian County
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[R.O. 2006 §200.260; CC 1992 §200.260; Ord. No. 713 §§1 — 3, 5-1-1975]
Police Reserve Created — Membership. There is hereby created in the Police Department a section to be know as the Police Reserve. Membership of the Reserve shall be those persons duly commissioned as members thereof by the City. Reserve Officers shall have all powers and perform all duties as required of regular Police Officers under the direction of the Chief of Police.
[R.O. 2006 §200.270; Ord. No. 93-8 §§1 — 4, 3-15-1993; Ord. No. 95-52 §1, 10-2-1995; Ord. No. 96-3 §1, 2-5-1996]
A. 
Any Police Officer of the City of Ozark shall have the authority to respond to an emergency situation outside the City boundaries when the emergency situation arises within the County of Christian or any adjacent County.
B. 
Any Police Officer of the City of Ozark shall have the authority to respond to an emergency situation outside the City boundaries when an emergency situation arises within any political subdivision that also has authorized its Police Officers to respond to emergency situations arising within the County of Christian.
C. 
Deputies of the Christian County Sheriff's Department, Christian County, Missouri, are hereby authorized to respond to any emergency situation arising in the City of Ozark, Missouri, after receiving a request for assistance from the Ozark Police Department or one (1) of its Law Enforcement Officers.
D. 
Police Officers of any political subdivision that has authorized its Police Officers to respond within the County of Christian are also hereby authorized to respond to any emergency situation arising in the City of Ozark, Missouri, after receiving a request for assistance from the Ozark Police Department or one (1) of its Law Enforcement Officers.
E. 
Definitions. As used in this Section, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
EMERGENCY SITUATION
Any situation in which the Law Enforcement 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 such officer's 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 officer making the response or in the discretion of an officer or governmental officer of the City in which the emergency situation is alleged to be occurring.
POLICE OFFICER
An officer who has completed the basic Police Training Program promulgated by Chapter 590, RSMo.
RESPOND
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 or County.
[R.O. 2006 §200.280; Ord. No. 93-9 §§1 — 2, 3-15-1993]
A. 
The City Police of the City of Ozark, Missouri, are hereby authorized to cooperate with other political subdivisions in the formation of, and participate in, the operation of major case squads in the general area of southwest Missouri as the Board of Aldermen of the City may from time to time designate by resolution.
B. 
Such cooperation and participation shall be in compliance at all times with Section 70.835, RSMo.
[Ord. No. 08-039 §1, 12-1-2008]
A. 
This Section relates to and embraces lost, stolen, strayed, abandoned, unclaimed or confiscated property which of itself is not contraband or the possession of which is not unlawful, which is now or which may hereafter come into the possession of the Ozark Police Department and which is not subject to other provisions of State or Federal law pertaining to the disposal of property.
B. 
All personal property shall be kept by the Ozark Police Department for a period of sixty (60) days from the date of its acquisition, unless the owner or person entitled to the possession of such property shall sooner claim such property and establish his/her/its ownership and right to possession thereof.
C. 
If the owner or person entitled to the possession of the property shall fail to claim such property within the period specified in Subsection (B) hereof and the Police Department is unable to locate the owner, then at such time or at any time thereafter the Chief of Police may cause a notice to be published three (3) times in a newspaper of local circulation, which notice shall be given in a manner reasonably calculated to reach the attention of all interested persons. The notice shall state that the property shall be disposed of on a certain date or dates for use in the Police Department, for sale by public auction (live or Internet), or destroyed if the property is of such poor quality or would be a safety concern if returned to the general public. In the event that the property will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, the notice shall state the time, place and method (live or Internet) for the sale.
D. 
If the owner or person entitled to the possession of property advertised as above shall fail to claim the same at any time before the date of disposal, then the property shall be transferred to a City department or sold to the highest bidder for cash and the acquiring department or purchaser shall take a good and perfect title to the property. The City Purchasing Agent of the City of Ozark is hereby authorized to contract for the services of an auctioneer and clerk (live or Internet) for said auction sales and may pay for the costs of such services from the proceeds of the sale.
E. 
Any funds, other than those payable to the State, received from the sale of any property as provided in this Section, less the cost of the publication and keeping the same for sale and the costs of such sale, shall be paid into the General Fund of the City of Ozark.
F. 
Whenever a weapon comes into the possession of the Police Department, it is no longer needed as evidence, and there is no applicable Missouri Statute for its disposition, then the Chief of Police may cause such firearms to be retained for use by the City within the Police Department or application may be made by the Chief of Police to the Board of Aldermen for an order of disposition. The Board of Aldermen may order the sale of legal firearms which are in apparent working order to the highest bidder who holds a valid Federal firearms license; a certified copy of said license shall be provided to the Police Department at the time of the sale. The sale of any such firearm will be under the condition that the City makes no warranty as to the firearm's fitness for its intended purpose. The Board of Aldermen may order the destruction of ammunition or of any firearm or weapon which is illegal to possess or a firearm which is in such worn condition as to be dangerous for use.
G. 
Upon application by the Chief of Police, the Board of Aldermen shall issue an order of destruction or disposition of any alcoholic beverage seized as a result of a violation of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ozark or State law.
H. 
The Chief of Police shall order the destruction of all property which is not disposed of as above. Said property shall be destroyed in the presence of the Police Department's evidence technician and at least one (1) Police Officer who both shall sign a certificate of said destruction. These certificates shall become part of the permanent records kept by the Police Department.
[Ord. No. 18-016, 4-16-2018]
A. 
Purpose. The purpose of this Section is to provide minimum standards and regulations applicable to emergency alarm systems, alarm businesses, alarm agents, and alarm users.
B. 
Definitions. For the purposes of this Section, the following terms, phrases, and words shall have the meanings ascribed herein:
ALARM BUSINESS
Any business operated by a person who engages in the activity of altering, installing, leasing, maintaining, removing, repairing, replacing, selling, servicing, or responding to an emergency alarm system, or which causes any of these activities to take place.
ALARM SYSTEM
An alarm system which when activated causes an audible and/or visible signaling device to be activated in or on the premises within which the system is installed except this definition shall not be intended to include alarm systems on motor vehicles.
ALARM USER
Any person who owns or controls a premises in which an alarm system is maintained.
1. 
The activation of an alarm system through mechanical or electronic failure, malfunction, improper installation or the negligence of the owner or lessee of an alarm system or of his employees or agents; except that the following shall not be considered a false alarm:
a. 
Alarm caused by an act of God such as earthquakes, floods, windstorms, thunder, or lightning;
b. 
Alarm occurring on a repeated basis without apparent cause, if in the sole opinion of the chief of police, a continuous effort is being made jointly by the alarm user and alarm business to correct the malfunctions expeditiously;
c. 
Alarm caused by an attempted illegal entry of which there is visible evidence;
d. 
Alarm intentionally caused by a person acting under a reasonable belief that a need exists to call for emergency aid from the police; or
e. 
Alarm followed by an immediate call to the police department canceling the alarm by giving property code numbers, such call having been made prior to the arrival of the police department.
2. 
In determining the existence of a false alarm, if the police chief finds reasonable doubt exists as to the cause of the alarm, he may determine the alarm is not a false alarm.
C. 
Violations, Penalty, And Appeals. The following penalty shall be imposed for violation of this Section:
1. 
Any false alarm in excess of three (3) for any twelve-month period to which the police department responds shall result in a penalty to the alarm user of fifty dollars ($50.00).
2. 
An alarm user seeking to appeal an administrative civil penalty assessed pursuant to subsection (1) above may do so by filing a request for a hearing in writing with the city clerk within ten (10) days from receipt of written notice from the city of the assessment of such civil penalty. Such hearing shall be held before the Board of Aldermen.