[Ord. No. 845, §1-6]
Any police officer of the City of Eureka who has completed the basic police training program as established by Chapter 590 RSMo. shall have the authority to respond to an emergency situation outside the boundaries of the City.
No police officer shall be required by reason of this Article to leave the jurisdiction to respond to an emergency situation, but said police officer shall use his said discretion and judgement as to leaving the City to respond to any emergency situation. It shall be the policy of the City that said police officer shall not leave the City inhabitants with inadequate police protection or be absent for extended periods of time, but that the response shall be in aide of and to assist the authorities of the County or the Municipality in which the emergency situation is located. No police officer of the City shall be authorized to make an arrest by reason of this authorization to respond, nor shall be be authorized to use his weapon except to protect himself or to effectuate an arrest for a serious felony endangering the lives or threatening serious property damage to one or more persons in the area.
The authority contained herein shall permit the response by one or more City police officers in an area surrounding this Municipality or within a radius of thirty miles. The Chief of the Police Department, in his discretion, may authorize additional response beyond this area.
Every response to an emergency situation outside the City shall be reported by the Chief of Police to the Mayor, with an explanation for the reason for the response.
As used herein, the term "emergency situation" means any unforeseen combination of circumstances or events involving danger or imminent danger to human life or property which requires immediate action, including, but not limited to, an automobile accident, civil disturbance, serious accident or criminal action.
For purposes of this Article, the masculine form shall include the feminine, there being no intent to differentiate or discriminate with respect to sex or gender.