[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Board of the Charter Township of Blackman as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 4-20-1981 by Ord. No. 47]
There is hereby created the Department of Public Safety for the Charter Township of Blackman.
The offices of Police Chief and Fire Chief are hereby vacated and shall be replaced by a Director of Public Safety.
[Amended 10-16-1989; 6-6-1995]
The Department of Public Safety shall be headed by such supervisory personnel as are designated by the Township from time to time. They shall be appointed by the Township for an indefinite period to serve at the pleasure of the Township.
The public safety responsibilities of the Department shall include, but are not limited to, the following functions:
Police protection. Provide police protection to the public at large where required.
Operation of patrol units. The operation of patrol units for routine investigations and the general maintenance and enforcement of law and order.
Investigations. The investigation of crimes, elimination of illegal liquor and/or drug traffic and vice, and the preparation of cases for the prosecution of criminal offenses in violation of the laws of the State of Michigan and the ordinances of the Township.
Juvenile delinquency. The prevention and control of juvenile delinquency, the removal of crime hazards and the coordination of community agencies interested in crime prevention.
Traffic control. The control of traffic, traffic educational programs, school patrols, prosecution of traffic violations and policing and reporting traffic accidents.
Extinguishment of fires. The nonexclusive efficient and prompt extinguishment of fires which endanger or are likely to endanger life, persons or property; the nonexclusive maintenance and operation of fire-fighting equipment and of such other emergency equipment as may be assigned to it.
Fire hazards. The nonexclusive investigation and inspection of potential fire hazards and the abatement of existing fire hazards in accordance with the provisions of the laws of the State of Michigan and ordinances of the Township.
Additional responsibilities. Additional public safety responsibilities may be established by the Township Board as deemed necessary for the safety and welfare of the citizens of Blackman Township.
The Township shall from time to time adopt such rules and regulations as it may deem expedient for the proper administration of the Department and for regulating the activities of public safety officers of the Township.
There shall be no distinction between public safety officers assigned to perform duties commonly performed by a police department and members of the Department assigned to perform work commonly performed by a fire department. Every public safety officer shall perform either police work or fire work as such duties shall from time to time be assigned to him by supervisory personnel, including deputy directors. Wherever any duties shall be imposed upon a police officer or a fireman by any statute of the State of Michigan, or by ordinances of the Charter Township of Blackman, such duties shall be imposed.
This article shall not abrogate, alter, or amend the terms of any existing contract which is presently in effect by and between the Township of Blackman and the Local 2127 International Association of Fire Fighters or by and between the Township and the Police Officers Association of Michigan.
[Adopted 9-5-1995 by Ord. No. 81]
The office of the Charter Township of Blackman Ordinance Enforcement Officer is hereby established.
The Township Board is hereby authorized to appoint by motion/resolution any person or person to the office of Ordinance Enforcement Officer for such term or terms as may be designated in said motion/resolution and for such compensation as the Board may determine. The Board may further, by motion/resolution, remove any person from said office, in the discretion of the Board.
The Ordinance Enforcement Officer is hereby authorized to enforce all civil infractions, the Junk Car Ordinance, the storage of material provisions of the Zoning Ordinance and such other ordinances of the Township as the Township Board designates, whether heretofore or hereafter enacted, and whether such ordinances specifically designate a different enforcing official or do not designate any particular enforcing officer. Where a particular officer is so designated in any ordinance, that officer's authority shall continue in full force and effect and shall not be diminished or impaired by the terms of this article, and the authority of the Ordinance Enforcement Officer shall in the performance of the officer's duties be subordinate and responsible to the Supervisor or such other Township Board member as the Township Board may from time to time designate.
The Ordinance Enforcement Officer's duties shall include the following: investigation of Ordinance violations; issuing warnings; issue and serving ordinance violation notices; issuing and serving appearance tickets and authorized under 1968 Public Act 147, as amended (MCLA § 764.9c); issuing and serving municipal ordinance violation notices and municipal civil infraction citations as authorized under 1994 Public Act 12, as it may from time to time be amended (MCLA § 600.8701 et seq.); appearance in court or other judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings to assist in the prosecution of ordinance violators; and such other ordinance enforcing duties as may be delegated by the Township Board, Township Supervisor, or assigned by the Township Attorney.
All Ordinances of the Township heretofore or hereafter adopted shall be considered to be supplemented by the terms of this article.