[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Lower Merion: Art. I, 5-20-1970 by Ord. No. 1605. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Civil Service Commission: Rules and Regulations — See Ch. A164.
Police Department Code of Discipline — See Ch. A169.
[Adopted 5-20-1970 by Ord. No. 1605]
The Superintendent of Police is hereby authorized to assign one or more off-duty police officers to regulate and control the movement of traffic on a street when, in his opinion, traffic is being blocked or seriously impeded by vehicles waiting on the street to make turns into parking lots or driveways leading to commercial establishments, thus blocking fire engines and police emergency vehicles and interfering with the health, safety and convenience of the public.
The Superintendent of Police shall assign a police officer or police officers to such special duty for as long a period as he shall determine is necessary under existing conditions. Officers so assigned shall be selected from the off-duty police roster and compensated at the current rates for off-duty work.
The owner of occupant of any commercial establishment at which one or more off-duty police officers are assigned as herein provided shall, within 10 days after the assignment is completed, reimburse the township for expenses thereby incurred. In the event that the owner or occupant shall fail to reimburse the township promptly, the Township Manager shall forward a bill for the charges incurred to the Township Solicitor with instructions to proceed promptly to collect the same.
The Superintendent of Police shall from time to time ascertain which police officers desire to participate in this police service in addition to their regular duties, shall keep an accurate record thereof and shall assign such service as extra work to those men desiring the same in a fair and equitable manner. All officers performing such services in addition to their regular duties shall receive as additional compensation the overtime rate for Class A Patrolmen, such additional compensation to be determined by the time actually spent on the assignment plus 1/2 hour for traveling to and from the assignment. Such compensation shall be added to the officers' regular compensation and included therewith for purposes of pensions and all other benefits to which the officers are entitled as regular policemen. During the time the officers are performing such extra duty, including traveling to and from the assignment, they shall be under the jurisdiction and control of the Superintendent of Police in the same manner as police officers are when performing their regular police duties.
The Superintendent of Police shall keep a record of the assignments of police officers to off-duty service as herein provided and certify the same to the Township Manager by daily time sheets, as now provided in existing payroll procedures. Upon approval thereof by the Township Manager, such officers shall receive the sums earned by them, less proper deductions, in their regular payroll checks.
[Amended 9-21-1977 by Ord. No. 1802]
An appeal from the decision, order or requirement of the Superintendent of Police may be taken to the Police Committee. Such appeal shall be made in writing within 10 days after such decision, order or requirement has been made, shall be verified by affidavit and shall be filed with the Township Secretary. The appellant or his representative shall have the right to appear before the Police Committee and be heard, if such right is requested in the written appeal. A prompt decision of such appeal shall be made by the Police Committee. Every action of the Police Committee shall be certified to the Superintendent of Police and the appellant.