[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lemoyne 11-4-1993 by Ord. No. 605. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Borough of Lemoyne is hereby authorized to join with the Borough of Wormleysburg, in accordance with the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Act of July 12, 1972, No. 180, as amended (53 P.S. § 481 et seq.), by entering into an agreement with Wormleysburg Borough to provide for mutual police protection within the municipal limits of each municipality, which agreement shall be approved and adopted by resolution of the Borough Council of the Borough of Lemoyne with the same effect as if it had been set forth verbatim in this section and a copy of which shall be filed with the minutes of the meeting at which said agreement is adopted.
Editor's Note: See now 53 Pa.C.S.A. § 2301 et seq.
The new police department shall be known as the "West Shore Regional Police Department" and shall be organized as an unincorporated association. Said West Shore Regional Police Department shall have a perpetual existence, unless terminated sooner in accordance with the terms of its charter or by an ordinance of the Borough Council of the Borough of Lemoyne.
The Borough Council of the Borough of Lemoyne hereby expressly delegates to the West Shore Regional Police Department those powers and duties of a police department established pursuant to the Borough Code, Act of February 1, 1966 (P.L. 1656, No. 581) as amended, 53 P.S. § 46121 et seq. The West Shore Regional Police Department shall establish and operate a police department for the purpose of providing protection to persons and property within the corporate boundaries of Lemoyne Borough and Wormleysburg Borough in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. The purpose and objectives of the agreement shall be to provide broader and more comprehensive police protection and law enforcement services on a more economical basis within the municipal limits of both boroughs by the consolidation of said separate police departments into a new joint police department to be known as the "West Shore Regional Police Department," which new consolidated police department shall provide police protection services throughout the municipal limits of both boroughs.
Editor's Note: See now 8 Pa.C.S.A. § 1121 et seq.
The total cost of operating and maintaining the consolidated West Shore Regional Police Department is to be financed by annual budget appropriations made by each participating Borough toward such total cost in the manner and subject to the conditions as set forth in the agreement.
The West Shore Regional Police Department is to be under the general supervision and control of a joint board to be known as the "West Shore Regional Police Department Commission," consisting of the Mayor of each Borough, one elected Council member from each Borough, and one nonelected resident of either Borough. The one nonelected resident from one of the boroughs shall be chosen by a majority vote of the other members of the joint board. The organizational structure of the consolidated police department shall be as provided in the agreement.
The agreement shall provide that all of the existing property and equipment of each police department shall be contributed or transferred to the West Shore Regional Police Department. Thereafter, all new purchases of property or equipment are to be made and disposed of as provided in said agreement.
The West Shore Regional Police Department Commission created pursuant to this chapter shall be empowered to enter into contracts for the purchase of property, equipment, materials and supplies, and shall be authorized to enter into contracts for policies of group insurance and employee benefits, including social security, for its employees, subject to the budgetary restrictions and other provisions contained in said agreement, and shall have all other powers and authority as provided in said agreement and not otherwise denied to it or withheld by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Upon the effective date of the agreement authorized by this chapter, or at such time as the West Shore Regional Police Department becomes operative as set forth in said agreement, whichever shall occur later, the existing Lemoyne Police Department shall be abolished. Prior to such time, and after such time that the West Shore Regional Police Department is not operative due to expiration or termination of the agreement, a police department for the Borough of Lemoyne is authorized, recognized, established and reestablished as follows:
The Chief of Police shall be the chief executive of the Police Department. He shall, under the direction of the Mayor, be in charge of the police force and have supervision over its members, in the exercise of their powers, duties, and authority.
Subordinate to the Chief of Police in the Police Department, the following classifications are hereby established: Assistant Chief of Police, Sergeant, Corporal, and Patrolman. The priority of authority among such subordinate classifications shall be in the order above listed. The number of persons to serve in each of such subordinate classifications, on a full-time or part-time basis, and the compensation of each, shall be determined by the Borough Council from time to time. The next-highest-ranking active police officer shall, in the absence of the Chief of Police, assume all duties of the Chief of Police.
Nothing herein contained shall affect the authority of the Mayor to appoint special policemen.