Members of the Auxiliary Police who have been designated peace officers by the Town Board of the Town of Mount Pleasant have the following functions and powers:
To perform the limited functions described and defined in Article 2, § 2.10, Subdivision 26, of the Criminal Procedure Law, namely: "Peace officers designated pursuant to the provisions of the New York State Defense Emergency Act, as set forth in Chapter 784 of the Laws of 1951, as amended, when acting pursuant to their special duties during a period of attack by enemy forces or during official drills in preparation for an attack by enemy forces; provided, however that nothing in this subdivision shall be deemed to authorize such officer to carry, possess, repair or dispose of a firearm unless the appropriate license therefor has been issued pursuant to § 400.00 of the Penal Law; and provided further that such officer shall have the powers set forth in § 2.20 of this article only during a period of attack by enemy forces."
To perform the functions described in Article 35, § 1602, Subdivision (b), of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, namely: "In the event of a fire or other emergency or to expedite traffic or to safeguard pedestrians or property, any police officer or other person empowered to regulate traffic at the scene may, to the extent authorized by local law, ordinance, order, rule, regulation or administrative code provision adopted by local authorities with respect to highways within their corporate boundaries, direct traffic as conditions may require notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or of local laws, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations, administrative code or sanitary code provisions regulating traffic; and, in addition, outside of cities and villages, any member of the state police may direct traffic as conditions may require notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or of local laws, ordinances, orders, rules or regulations regulating traffic."
To lawfully control traffic as provided in § 1602(b) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law when officially directed to do so by the Chief of Police or, in his absence, the Lieutenant of Police on duty or, in the event that the Lieutenant is unavailable, the next succeeding ranking officer in charge.
The functions and duties herein enumerated and conferred as peace officers may be exercised during times of declaration of a state of emergency, missions of civil defense, emergency disaster, rescue emergency or while assisting or providing supplementary traffic control service to the regular police force of the Town of Mount Pleasant and while engaged in a controlled or supervised traffic training program.
Upon appointment as a peace officer, such member of the Auxiliary Police shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the Police Department as appropriate, and especially regarding conduct and behavior while representing the Town of Mount Pleasant or performing the functions of exercising the powers conferred herein.
Failure to comply with or intentional infractions of the regulations of the Police Department, including but not limited to failure to obtain mandatory annual recertification, any decertification of peace officer status, acts of unreliability, a criminal arrest or any act of personal dishonor reflecting upon the Police Department or the town, shall, upon recommendation of the Chief of Police and ratification by the Town Board, cause a summary decertification of such peace officer status and may disqualify the person as eligible to hold any voluntary position within the Police Department.