Village of Mount Pleasant, WI
Racine County
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[Code 1993, § 4.01]
The Mount Pleasant Police Department shall be the official Police Department of the Village. The primary duty of the Police Department is to protect life and property, and enforce such laws as may be within its jurisdiction.
[Code 1993, § 4.02]
(a) 
The Police Department shall consist of the Chief of Police and such other officers as may be authorized by the Village Board.
(b) 
The Chief of Police shall be appointed by the Village Board and his salary shall be determined by the Village Board. The Chief of Police shall execute and file an official bond in the amount set by the Village Board.
(c) 
The Village Board may appoint temporary or part-time police officers, as may be required.
(d) 
The Chief of Police shall supervise all police officers and may establish rules and regulations for the performance of their duties and for the conduct of police activities of the Police Department, subject to approval by the Village Board.
(e) 
The Chief of Police, and any police officer authorized, in writing, by the Chief of Police, may accept from any person arrested and charged with a violation of any ordinance a bond or bail in a sufficient amount to assure the appearance of the person at the court having jurisdiction over the offense.
(f) 
The Chief of Police shall have control and be responsible for all vehicles and the condition of all property and equipment used in connection with activities of the Police Department.
(g) 
The Chief of Police shall make an annual report of the activities of the Police Department and such other reports as the Village Board may require.
(h) 
Police officers shall not perform police services outside of the Village, except in behalf of the Village.
[Code 1993, § 4.03]
The Chief of Police, Fire Chief and Health Officer are authorized to give aid through their respective departments, whenever an emergency requires, to any municipality in the county.
[Code 1993, § 4.04]
The work week for full-time members of the Police Department shall be 40 hours.
[Code 1993, § 4.05]
Members of the Police Department shall receive such compensation from the Village as may be fixed by the Village Board from time to time.
[Code 1993, § 4.06]
(a) 
The Chief of Police shall have general supervision of the Police Department and shall be responsible for Police Department personnel and the general efficiency of the Police Department.
(b) 
The Chief of Police shall preside at all meetings and special meetings of the Police Department, and preserve order and discipline.
(c) 
The Chief of Police shall preside in serious internal investigations, have complete command of police responsibility and police operations, and plan and control special programs.
(d) 
The Chief of Police shall have the power to suspend or terminate any police officer, police dispatcher or any member of the Police Department for neglect or refusal to perform departmental duties. Such suspension or termination shall be subject to the provisions Wis. Stats. § 63.10.
(e) 
The Chief of Police shall have the power to issue oral or written reprimands to any member of the Police Department for minor infractions of departmental rules and regulations.
(f) 
The Chief of Police shall report to the Village Board on in-service training, together with other pertinent information and data. He shall submit recommendations and improvements as he deems proper and necessary for the efficient operation of police services.
(g) 
The Chief of Police shall keep an inventory of Police Department equipment.
(h) 
The Chief of Police shall appoint the humane officer of the county to enforce all ordinances relating to animals normally enforced by such officer and to issue citations for any violation of such ordinances, which authority shall be exercised with other Village police officers as required by law.
[Code 1993, § 4.07]
(a) 
No equipment, vehicle or any other property belonging to the Police Department shall be used for any purpose, except police work, unless approved by the Village Board.
(b) 
No member of the Police Department shall willfully damage, in any manner, any equipment, vehicle or any other Police Department property.
[Code 1993, § 4.08]
(a) 
Personal property which has been abandoned or remains unclaimed for a period of 30 days after the taking of possession of such property by the Village shall be disposed of as follows:
(1) 
Whenever, in the judgement of the Chief of Police, there exists sufficient items of abandoned property of value to justify a public sale, the Chief of Police shall cause notice of a public sale of such property to be given to the public at least 10 days prior to such sale and in a manner as he shall direct.
(2) 
The Chief of Police shall keep an accurate inventory of all such abandoned property and the manner in which such property is disposed of, however, the Chief of Police shall have the authority to destroy any items of abandoned property with no value. Such inventory shall be kept as a public record for a period of not less than two years from the date of disposal of the property.
(3) 
All receipts from such public sale, after deducting the necessary expenses of keeping the property and conducting the sale, shall be paid into the Village treasury.
[Code 1993, § 4.09(2)]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
FALSE ALARM
A signal from an alarm system resulting in a response by the Police Department when an emergency situation did not exist.
POLICE ALARM
Any device which, when activated by a criminal act or other emergency requiring police response, transmits a signal to a central alarm system or directly to the Police Department, or produces an audible or visible signal designed to notify persons within audible or visual range of the signal.
[Code 1993, § 4.09(1)]
The purpose of this article is to establish regulations, standards and controls relating to the type, use and installation of police alarm devices, whether such alarm devices are monitored by the Police Department, a private alarm company or any other person, and to establish a Police Department central alarm station and policies and procedures for the development and use of a central monitoring station.
[Code 1993, § 4.09(4)]
A central alarm station shall be maintained in the safety building at such location as the Chief of Police may designate.
[Code 1993, § 4.09(5)]
The Chief of Police shall determine the number and type of alarm owners or alarm lessees which may be connected to the police central alarm station. No person shall cause a private alarm system to be connected to the police central alarm station unless such proposed connection receives prior approval, in writing, by the Chief of Police. Any person denied permission to connect to the police central alarm station may appeal by filing a written notice with the Clerk-Treasurer within 10 days of the date of denial. Such appeal shall be heard by the Village Board within 30 days thereafter. The determination of the Village Board shall be final.
[Code 1993, § 4.09(6)]
The Chief of Police shall give priority for connection to the police central alarm station to persons required by state or federal law or regulation to maintain a police alarm system on their premises.
[Code 1993, § 4.09(7)]
(a) 
All persons whose application for connection to the police central alarm station is approved by the Chief of Police shall:
(1) 
Pay all costs of installation and connection to the police central alarm station.
(2) 
Pay to the Village an annual monitoring fee as set by the Village Board.
(3) 
Use alarm equipment that meets minimum UL alarm device standards.
(4) 
Pay all costs of disconnection or termination of service, whether such disconnection or termination is initiated by the Chief of Police or the alarm user.
(5) 
Perform testing of the alarm system in accordance with rules and procedures promulgated by the Chief of Police or his designee.
(6) 
Pay all expenses of termination and reconnection whenever the location of
(7) 
Sign an agreement holding the Village and Police Department harmless for any and all damages or losses resulting, directly or indirectly, from an alarm connection terminating at the Police Department.
(b) 
Each person connected to the police central alarm station in accordance with this article shall cause such system to be periodically inspected and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.
(c) 
For various reasons, false alarm systems frequently occur. Each false alarm requires a response by public safety personnel, involves unnecessary expense to the Village, increases the risk or injury to persons or damage to property and dilutes the overall public safety protection to the Village. Such false alarms constitute a public nuisance and must be abated. Persons connecting to the police central alarm station in accordance with this article shall pay to the Village a charge for false alarms responded to by the police, for each calendar year, for each premises connected, in accordance with the following:
Fee
(1)
First two false alarms
No charge
(2)
Third false alarm
As set by the Village Board
(3)
Fourth false alarm
As set by the Village Board
(4)
Fifth and subsequent alarms
As set by the Village Board
(d) 
This section is intended to impose a strict liability on the person responsible for alarm connection to the police central alarm station and applies regardless of the cause of the false alarm.
[Code 1993, § 4.09(8)]
Any person maintaining an audible or visual alarm system on his premises shall be subject to the provisions of § 46-46(c) under the same conditions as central alarm systems. Warnings or penalties issued under § 46-46(c) for audible or visual alarm systems may be appealed to the Village Board in accordance with the procedures set forth in § 46-48.
[Code 1993, § 4.09(9)]
Failure to comply with any provision of this article or repeated false alarms shall be cause for an alarm system to be disconnected from the Police Department upon 30 days' prior written notice by the Chief of Police. Such disconnection shall be made at the alarm holder's expense. An order of disconnection may be appealed by filing a written notice of appeal with the Clerk-Treasurer within 10 days of the date of the order. Such appeal shall be heard by the Village Board within 30 days of the date of filing of the appeal. The Village Board may affirm, reverse or modify the order of the Chief of Police. An appeal which is timely filed suspends the disconnection until the Village Board renders its decision. Not later than 24 hours prior to the hearing, the Clerk-Treasurer shall give written notice to the applicant of the time and place of the hearing. The Chief of Police may, at his discretion, require the immediate disconnection of any alarm system connected to the police central alarm station if technical failure or defects of the system result in a continual or sporadic alarm.
[Code 1993, § 4.09(10)]
No person shall intentionally cause the activation of a police alarm device knowing that no crime or emergency exists.
[Code 1993, § 4.09(11)]
No person shall sell, use or install a police alarm which, upon activation, emits a sound the same as, or similar to, emergency vehicle sirens or civil defense sirens.
[Code 1993, § 4.09(12)]
Private alarm companies shall be responsible for the monitoring, maintenance and use of private central alarm stations and shall pay to the Village the false alarm charge prescribed in § 46-46(c) for false alarms responded to by Village police, if such response was the result of the actions of a private alarm company. The amount of such false alarm charge shall be based on the number of such Village police responses to each business, commercial or residential premises. Any person owning, leasing or operating a private alarm system programmed to a central office shall also maintain a maintenance system during the hours that such system is in operation and shall dispatch a company representative to the location of any alarm transmitted, upon the request of the Police Department, so that such representative arrives within one-hour of such request. Each premises shall be considered a separate entity for purposes of determining the number of false alarms under this article. Private alarm companies shall provide the Chief of Police with a list of premises within the Village which are monitored by the alarm company, including the name of the subscriber and the address of each such premises. The private alarm company shall submit revisions to such list within 30 days following such change of premises covered, and the company shall also provide the Chief of Police with a telephone number at which the maintenance service may be contacted at any time.
[Code 1993, § 4.10]
(a) 
Purpose. The purpose of this section is to establish regulations, performance standards and controls relating to the use of alarm systems used by private residences which automatically select a public primary telephone trunkline of the Police Department and produces any prerecorded message to notify the Village of a burglary or other emergency.
(b) 
Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
FALSE ALARM
A signal from an alarm system resulting in a response by the Police Department when an emergency situation did not apparently exist.
(c) 
Police Department notification. All owners of automatic dialing alarm systems shall, in person and in writing, notify the Police Department that they installed such a device. Failure to notify the Police Department is a violation of this section.
(d) 
False alarms. For various reasons, false alarms frequently occur. Each false alarm requires a response by public safety personnel, involves unnecessary expense to the Village, increases the risk of injury to persons or damage to property and dilutes the overall public safety protection to the Village. Persons having automatic dialing systems in accordance with this section shall pay to the Village a charge for false alarms responded to by the police, for each calendar year, for each premises connected, in accordance with the following:
Fee
(1)
First two false alarms
No charge/written warning
(2)
Third false alarm
As set by the Village Board
(3)
Fourth false alarm
As set by the Village Board
(4)
Fifth and subsequent alarms
As set by the Village Board
(e) 
Disconnection and appeals. Failure to comply with any provision of this section or more than six false alarms in one-year shall be cause for an alarm system to be immediately disconnected from the Police Department upon written notice by the Chief of Police. An order of disconnection may be appealed by filing a written notice of appeal with the Clerk-Treasurer within 10 days of the date of the order. Such appeal shall be heard by the Village Board within 30 days of the date of filing the appeal. The Village Board may affirm, reverse or modify the order of the Chief of Police. An appeal which is timely filed suspends the disconnection until the Village Board renders its decision. Not later than 24 hours prior to the hearing, the Clerk-Treasurer shall give written notice to the applicant of the time and place of the hearing. The Chief of Police may, at his discretion, require the immediate disconnection of any alarm system if technical failure or defects of the system result in a continual or sporadic alarm.
(f) 
Violations; penalties. Any person found to be in violation of this section shall be subject to § 1-15.