City of Bel-Nor, MO
St. Louis County
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[R.O. 1993 § 200.010; Ord. No. 225 § 2, 4-24-1972; Ord. No. 487, 4-19-1993]
A Police Officer qualified under the law of the State of Missouri to make arrests shall be appointed to the office of Chief of Police pursuant to Section 115.020.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.020; Ord. No. 225 § 3, 4-24-1972; Ord. No. 543 § 1, 12-19-1994]
The Chief of Police shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Aldermen.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.030; Ord. No. 225 § 4, 4-24-1972; Ord. No. 487, 4-19-1993]
The Chief of Police shall, before he/she enters upon the duties of his/her office, enter into a bond payable to the City of Bel-Nor, with good and sufficient sureties, in an amount to be fixed by the Board of Aldermen of not less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00). The bond shall be conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of his/her office.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.040; Ord. No. 225 § 5, 4-24-1972; Ord. No. 487, 4-19-1993]
The Chief of Police shall have such powers to make and order arrests and execute all orders, notices, writs and other processes as are now or may hereafter be prescribed by the laws of this State or the ordinances of the City of Bel-Nor.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.050; Ord. No. 225 § 6, 4-24-1972; Ord. No. 487, 4-19-1993]
The members of the City Police Force now so serving or as may be appointed as such from time to time in accordance with this Article shall have the same powers and duties as the Chief of Police and shall be subject in the discharge of their duties to the orders of the Chief of Police.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.060; Ord. No. 225 § 7, 4-24-1972]
The number of officers of the City Police Force shall be such as the Board of Aldermen may determine to be necessary from time to time to adequately police the City of Bel-Nor and provide police services pursuant to contract with any other municipality.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.070; Ord. No. 225 § 8, 4-24-1972]
Members of the City Police Force shall be appointed and their rank and compensation fixed as the Board of Aldermen may from time to time determine.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.080; Ord. No. 225 § 9, 4-24-1972; Ord. No. 487, 4-19-1993]
A. 
Removal Of Police Officers. Any Police Officer may be instantly removed from office as allowed by law by the Board of Aldermen at a regular or called special meeting. All Police Officers serve at the will of the Board of Aldermen.
B. 
Removal Of The Chief Of Police.
1. 
For the purposes of this Section, the following terms shall mean:
a. 
CHIEF — Any nonelected Chief Law Enforcement Officer of any political subdivision.
b. 
Just cause exists when a Chief:
(1) 
Is unable to perform his or her duties with reasonable competence or reasonable safety as a result of a mental condition, including alcohol or substance abuse;
(2) 
Has committed any act, while engaged in the performance of his or her duties, that constitutes a reckless disregard for the safety of the public or another Law Enforcement Officer;
(3) 
Has caused a material fact to be misrepresented for any improper or unlawful purpose;
(4) 
Acts in a manner for the sole purpose of furthering his or her self-interest or in a manner inconsistent with the interests of the public or the Chief's Governing Body;
(5) 
Has been found to have violated any law, Statute, or ordinance which constitutes a felony; or
(6) 
Has been deemed insubordinate or found to be in violation of a written established policy, unless such claimed insubordination or violation of a written established policy was a violation of any Federal or State law or local ordinance.
2. 
A Chief shall be subject to removal from office or employment by the appointing authority or the Governing Body of the political subdivision employing the Chief if:
a. 
The Governing Body of the political subdivision employing the Chief issues a written notice to the Chief whose removal is being sought no fewer than ten (10) business days prior to the meeting at which his or her removal will be considered;
b. 
The Chief has been given written notice as to the Governing Body's intent to remove him or her. Such notice shall include:
(1) 
Charges specifying just cause for which removal is sought;
(2) 
A statement of facts that are alleged to constitute just cause for the Chief's removal; and
(3) 
The date, time, and location of the meeting at which the Chief's removal will be considered;
c. 
The Chief is given an opportunity to be heard before the Governing Body, together with any witnesses, evidence and counsel of his or her choosing; and
d. 
The Governing Body, by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, finds just cause for removing the Chief.
3. 
Upon the satisfaction of the removal procedure under Subsection (B)(2) of this Section, the Chief shall be immediately removed from his or her office, shall be relieved of all duties and responsibilities of said office, and shall be entitled to no further compensation or benefits not already earned, accrued, or agreed upon.
4. 
Any Chief removed pursuant to Subsection (B)(3) of this Section shall be issued a written notice of the grounds of his or her removal within fourteen (14) calendar days of the removal.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.090; Ord. No. 225 § 10, 4-24-1972; Ord. No. 487, 4-19-1993]
The Board of Aldermen shall adopt and from time to time amend a Police Manual governing the operation and the conduct of the Chief of Police and City Police Force in the performance of their duties. Such rules and regulations shall, among other things, set forth regulations for suspension and removal of the Chief of Police or any Police Officer, for appeals of any suspension authorized by the Chief of Police and for hearings where the Chief of Police or Police Officers are aggrieved by any such suspension or removal.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.100; Ord. No. 225 § 11, 4-24-1972; Ord. No. 487, 4-19-1993]
The Chief of Police and Officers of the City Police Force may receive such clothing and equipment and expense allowances as the Board of Aldermen may determine reasonable.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.110; Ord. No. 225 § 12, 4-24-1972; Ord. No. 487, 4-19-1993]
Upon the expiration of his/her term, resignation or otherwise removal from office the Chief of Police and any Police Officer whose membership on the City Police Force has been terminated shall forthwith deliver to the City Clerk all property of the City of Bel-Nor in his/her custody, care or charge. Any person violating any provision of this Section shall upon conviction thereof be subject to a penalty by fine of not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), in addition to the requirement of the return of all such property.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.120; Ord. No. 225 § 13, 4-24-1972; Ord. No. 487, 4-19-1993]
It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police and of every member of the City Police Force to be a conservator of the peace and to enforce the laws of this State and the ordinances of the City of Bel-Nor and where authorized by contract the reasonable laws and ordinances of any other municipality with which the City of Bel-Nor contracts to furnish police services.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.130; Ord. No. 225 § 14, 4-24-1972; Ord. No. 487, 4-19-1993]
The Chief of Police shall receive as full compensation for the performance of the duties of his/her office such compensation as the Board of Aldermen may from time to time determine.
[R.O. 1993 § 200.140; Ord. No. 319 § 1, 11-26-1979; Ord. No. 487, 4-19-1993]
The Board may in its discretion enter into agreements or contracts or otherwise to ensure that radio dispatch services, which shall be utilized by the City Police Department, are in effect at all times.