Borough of Abbottstown, PA
Adams County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Abbottstown 6-20-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Abbottstown Police Department is now hereby established.
The Abbottstown Police Department shall be composed of a Chief of Police and any other officers and patrolmen as may be appointed by Borough Council from time to time.
The following classifications are hereby established:
Patrolman; and
Probationary patrolman.
The Police Department may consist of a Chief of Police only as the Borough Council may determine.
The Mayor shall have full charge and control of the Chief of Police or officer in charge and the police force, and (s)he shall direct the time during which, the place where, and the manner in which the Chief of Police or officer in charge and the police force shall perform their duties, and (s)he may make or prescribe such other rules and regulations as (s)he shall deem advisable. The Mayor may, however, delegate to the Chief of Police, or other officer, supervision over and instruction to subordinate officers in the manner of performing their duties. Borough Council, however, has authority to fix and determine the total weekly hours of employment and compensation that shall apply to the Police Department.
The Chief of Police or officer in charge shall keep such records and make such reports concerning the activities of his Department as may be required by statute or ordinance, or by the Mayor or Council; he shall be responsible for the performance by the Police Department of its function, and all persons who are members of the Police Department shall serve subject to his orders and/or the orders of the Mayor.
The Abbottstown Police Department and its officers are hereby authorized to enforce the Crimes Code, Vehicle Code, applicable titles, and Borough ordinances, and have the authority to conduct investigations as a police officer, and shall have those powers and abilities as are granted to police officers under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the rules of the Supreme Court, or the ordinances of the Borough for which a fine or penalty is imposed.
In addition to all other powers conferred by law to them, the Borough Council may appoint and designate the Chief of Police or officer in charge and make other appointments to or promotions within the Department and may remove, suspend, or reduce in rank members of the Department.
The Mayor may, for cause and without pay, suspend any police officer until the succeeding regular meeting of the Council, at which time or thereafter the Council may suspend, discharge, remove, reduce in rank or reinstate such police officer.
Police officers shall have the authority to serve and execute all criminal process for the violation of Borough ordinances which may be issued and shall be ex officio constables of the Borough and shall charge the same fees and costs as constables of a borough, but such fees and costs shall be collected and paid into the Borough treasury.
If any section, clause, provision or portion of this chapter shall be held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect any other section, clause, provision or portion of this chapter so long as it remains legally enforceable minus the invalid portion.
The Borough reserves the right to amend this chapter or any portion thereof from time to time as it shall deem advisable in the best interests of the promotion of the purposes and intent of this chapter and the effective administration thereof.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances that are inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.
This chapter shall be effective five days after the date of adoption, on June 25, 2019.
This chapter is enacted by the Council of the Borough of Abbottstown under the Borough Code and any other applicable law arising under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.