[Adopted 8-16-1977 as Ord. No. 1417]
The Township of Cheltenham shall enter into an intergovernmental agreement in accordance with the Joint Municipal Activity Act of 1972, No. 180, to receive and supply police protection in conformity with the following guidelines:
The Chief of Police, or the commanding officer in his absence, shall have authority to request assistance from other municipalities in the event of emergency.
Only the Chief of Police or, in his absence, the officer in command of the municipality in which the emergency occurs may request assistance under this plan.
The employing Chief shall initiate the request for assistance through the Montgomery County Communication Center in accord with the procedure agreed upon by participating municipalities.
The Chief of Police of the requesting municipality shall be the Commander in Chief of all personnel sent into an emergency.
Responding departments shall provide up to 10% of their departmental strength when possible.
The responding police shall have the same authority as that of the requesting department when acting in response to a request for assistance pursuant to this agreement.
The District Attorney shall assign an Assistant District Attorney to the requesting Chief, to act as legal supervisor.
The Sheriff shall immediately dispatch vans for transport of prisoners if requested by the supervising Chief and shall determine the availability of adult and juvenile detention facilities.
In every instance where aid is requested, personnel supplied will be relieved of duty not more than eight hours after reporting.
The participating Police Chiefs, together with Montgomery County authorities, may establish procedures under which to implement this agreement.
Montgomery County shall provide insurance to cover liability of the mutual aid squad and its individual members. Each municipality shall pay the cost of its own personnel when on duty in an emergency covered by this agreement.
Montgomery County shall supply equipment required by the mutual aid squad other than the regular issued equipment of each member.
Term of agreement. Any intergovernmental agreement shall continue in effect until terminated by subsequent ordinance of the Township. Said agreement shall be binding on all municipalities adopting it.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 487 et seq.