City of Sparta, MO
Christian County
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The Mayor with the approval of a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen shall appoint a Chief of Police who shall perform all duties required of the Marshal by law and any other Police Officers found by the Board of Aldermen to be necessary for the good government of the City. The Chief of Police shall be twenty-one (21) years of age or older.
The Police of the City may be appointed in such numbers, for such times and in such manner as may be prescribed by ordinance. They shall have power to serve and execute all warrants, subpoenas, writs or other process and to make arrests in the same manner as the Marshal. They may exercise such powers in areas leased or owned by the municipality outside of the boundaries of such municipality. The Marshal and Policemen shall be conservators of the peace and shall be active and vigilant in the preservation of good order within the City.
[Ord. No. 477, 1-11-2011]
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Pursuant to Section 200.020, the Police of the City may be appointed in such numbers for such times and in such manner as may be prescribed by ordinance.
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The Chief of Police shall be appointed pursuant to Section 200.010 at the first regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen following the Mayoral election to serve a two-year term unless sooner terminated, voluntarily or involuntarily, by the Board of Aldermen.
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All Police Officers, whether full time, part time, temporary or Reserve, shall be approved for employment by a majority vote of the Board of Aldermen after recommendation for such employment by the Chief of Police. All such positions are at will pursuant to Missouri employment law.
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Involuntary termination of employment of any Police Officer shall be by majority vote of the Board of Aldermen. The Chief shall have the authority, however, to suspend employment of a Police Officer, without pay, until a meeting of the Board of Aldermen can be held to consider the issue.
[Ord. No. 355 §1(79.010), 3-6-1996]
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Any Police Officer of the City of Sparta shall have the authority to respond to an emergency situation outside the City boundaries when the emergency situation arises within the County of Christian.
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Any Police Officer of the City of Sparta shall have the authority to respond to an emergency situation outside the City boundaries when an emergency situation arises with any political subdivision that also has authorized its Police Officers to respond to emergency situations arising within the County of Christian.
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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 Sparta, Missouri, after receiving a request for assistance from the Sparta Police Department or one (1) of its Law Enforcement Officers.
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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 Sparta, Missouri, after receiving a request for assistance from the Sparta Police Department or one (1) of its Law Enforcement Officers.
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As used in this Section, "Police Officer" means an officer who has completed the basic Police training program promulgated by Chapter 590, RSMo., or has a waiver of same. As used in this Section, "respond" shall mean to take any and all actions which the Police Officer may lawfully take as if exercising his/her powers within the jurisdiction of his/her employing City or County. As used in this Section, "emergency situation" means any situation in which an 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 governmental 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.
[Ord. No. 941-01 §§1 — 5, 9-11-2012]
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It is unlawful within the City limits of Sparta, Missouri, for someone who is not a Law Enforcement Officer to impersonate a Law Enforcement Officer by:
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Wearing clothing, a badge or equipment that creates the appearance that the person is a Law Enforcement Officer;
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Owning, possessing or operating a motor vehicle with striping, insignia, decals, lights or equipment that replicate in whole or in part the striping, insignia, decals, lights or equipment of a vehicle used by a Sheriff's Department or Police Department within the State of Missouri; or
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Representing verbally or in writing that the person is a Law Enforcement Officer.
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Any person found guilty of violating this Section shall be deemed to have committed an ordinance violation and shall be fined in an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) plus costs; each day of non-compliance is a separate violation.
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A motor vehicle within the City limits of Sparta, Missouri, with striping, insignia, decals, lights or equipment that replicates in whole or in part the striping, insignia, decals, lights or equipment of a vehicle used by a Sheriff's Department or Police Department within the State of Missouri may be impounded by the Sparta Police Department; and, in the event of such impoundment, the Sparta Police are hereby authorized to remove the offending striping, insignia and decals.