[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Town of Mount Airy 5-2-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-9. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The police department of the Town of Mt. Airy is hereby created and shall be referred to herein as the "Town Police."
The Town Police shall be headed by the Chief of Police, who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Town Council as provided in §§ C4-4B(1) and C7-3 of the Town Charter applicable to managerial employees. The Chief of Police shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and may be terminated, suspended, investigated and/or disciplined by the Mayor in accordance with § C4-4B(2) of the Town Charter.
The general powers and duties of the Chief of Police shall be:
To organize, manage and supervise the Town Police and its officers and civilian employees in all areas of law enforcement.
To recommend to the Mayor the termination of any officer or civilian employee of the Town Police pursuant to Section C4-4B(2) of the Town Charter and, as respects officers of the Town Police, subject to the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights (LEOBR) as codified at § 3-101, et seq., of the Public Safety Article of the Maryland Code.
To investigate, suspend, discipline and demote officers of the Town Police subject to the LEOBR.
To investigate, suspend, and discipline civilian employees of the Town Police.
To recommend to the Mayor and Town Council the number of police officers and civilian employees of the Town Police force and their compensation subject to the limits of any budget established for the Town Police by the Town Council.
To establish qualifications, rules and regulations and operational policies for the Town Police and set standards for hiring, training and performance.
To appoint a physician and a psychologist as medical examiners, who shall examine all applicants for police officer, or periodically examine police officers, as to their physical and psychological fitness to become members of the Town Police.
To require polygraph examinations of applicants for the position of police officer or of police officers periodically or in connection with an internal investigation if authorized by law, including the LEOBR.
To formulate goals and objectives for the Town Police and to insure productivity from its personnel.
To set operational strategies that will work best in the Town and to ensure that the citizens have a well-trained and professional police department.
To issue operational orders and special orders, including, but not limited to, the disposition of unclaimed, found or lawfully seized personal property, not inconsistent with law, including the Town Code.
To propose a departmental budget and work within the limits of any budget established for the Town Police by the Town Council.
To recommend that the Town Council approve entry into mutual aid agreements with other law enforcement agencies, pursuant to the Criminal Procedure Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, § 2-105.
To cooperate and exchange information with other federal, state or local police departments or law enforcement agencies within and without the state for the purposes of achieving greater success in preventing and detecting crimes and apprehending criminals.
To attend regular meetings of the Town Council, or to designate another employee of the Town Police in the event that the Chief of Police cannot attend, to provide a monthly police report in public session, or at such other meetings or times as the Mayor and/or the Town Council may require.
Such other things in relation to the fiscal, financial or administrative affairs of the Town Police as may be lawfully authorized by the Mayor or the Town Council or as may be authorized by law applicable to law enforcement agencies.
Police officers of the Town Police, including the Chief of Police, shall have the powers and authority of constables in this state and specifically shall have the authority to enforce the criminal, traffic and parking laws of this state, the provisions of the Town Code or other applicable law that constables in this state are authorized to enforce, within the Town limits or otherwise where they are authorized to police pursuant to any applicable mutual aid agreement or other applicable law. Police officers of the Town Police, including the Chief of Police, shall have the power of arrest and to issue traffic, criminal, parking or municipal infraction citations where applicable law, including the Town Code, permits.
The compensation of the Chief of Police shall be set each year by the Town Council in its annual budget.