[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors (now Board of Commissioners) of the Township of Pocono 6-6-1982 by Ord. No. 39 as Ch. 1, Sub. B, Sections 1.41 through 1.47, of the 1982 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In accordance with 53 P.S. § 56505 of the First Class Township Code, the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Pocono reaffirms the establishment of a department to be known as the "Police Department."
The Police Department shall be composed of a Chief of Police, and officers and patrolmen, to be appointed by the Commissioners of Pocono Township. Any such appointment shall remain in force until the appointee resigns or is removed by action of the Board of Commissioners at a public meeting, after the officer has been notified of charges brought against him and has been given a public hearing by the Board of Commissioners. Nothing in this chapter shall diminish the power of the Board of Commissioners to discharge, suspend or reduce an officer's rank in accordance with applicable Pennsylvania law.
The Commissioners hereby vest in the officers of the Police Department all police powers recognized under the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Chief of Police may from time to time, as necessary, deputize officers to serve on a short period of duty in the Police Department to assist in other than routine situations such as public disturbances, riots, fires or other emergencies.
Any police officer appointed by the Commissioners shall serve a probationary period of one year, unless such requirement is waived at the time of appointment. All such appointees shall meet the requirements established by the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission.
The Chief of Police, with approval of the Commissioners, may adopt and publish regulations dealing with the administration of the Department. Any Departmental regulations shall be available for inspection at the Township Police Department headquarters.