[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Woodridge 4-16-2018 by L.L. No. 1-2018. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Village of Woodridge hereby establishes the positions of Village Constables, members of which shall be authorized to act in the capacity of uniformed Court Officers and Traffic Control Officers. Village Constables shall have the powers and the responsibilities consistent and generally associated with Traffic Control and Court Officers in the State of New York, including but not necessarily limited to:
Attending sessions of the Village Court to maintain order and decorum in the courtroom.
Calming disruptive individuals.
Barring entry into secure areas in and about the courtroom.
Addressing and attending to disruptive prisoners, litigants and spectators involved in court proceedings.
Escorting, and delivering jurors, witnesses and other participants of court proceedings to and from the courtroom.
Escorting, guarding and delivering the Judge and/or Clerk to and from the courtroom, as may be required.
Delivering materials to sequestered jurors.
Escorting court clerks with bank deposits to and from court offices and the courthouse to the bank.
Using the established search procedures and equipment to assure that no weapons, contraband or other prohibited items or materials are brought into the courthouse or courtroom.
Assisting police officers in the Village of Woodridge with traffic control as needed, including directing traffic and issuing parking tickets in addition to writing tickets for violations of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Assist in traffic control at special events and proceedings under the supervision and direction of the Village of Woodridge Chief of Police.
Assist in crowd control and security at special events and in proceedings as deemed necessary and under the supervision and direction of the Village of Woodridge Chief of Police.
Carrying, displaying and using a firearm subject to any permit, training and certification requirements and qualifications otherwise imposed by law.
Affecting and assisting in an arrest as required and authorized by the Village of Woodridge Chief of Police.
No person holding the position of Village Constable shall carry or otherwise possess a firearm in their capacity as a Village Constable on Village property other than in conformity with state and federal law, and after having successfully completed such initial training and instruction, and any required in-service or follow-up training and instruction, required for a peace officer authorized to carry a firearm under the laws of the State of New York.
The Village Constables shall serve at whatever compensation that will be determined by the Village Board, if any, and compensation shall be fixed at a rate commensurate with the task assigned, as determined by the Village Board in their sole discretion.
The Village shall purchase uniforms and equipment for Constables and provide any and all necessary training as deemed necessary and required by the Village Board and the Village of Woodridge Chief of Police. There shall be a provision in the annual budget for the estimated expenditures incurred in providing uniforms, equipment and training.
Pursuant to the laws of the State of New York and specifically Municipal Home Rule Law § 10, the Village of Woodridge will waive the residency requirements set forth in New York State Public Officers Law § 3 for Constables of the Village of Woodridge.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon filing with the New York State Secretary of State.