[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Hudson by Ord. No. 1-81 as Ch. 4 of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The established Police Department of the City of Hudson, Wisconsin, shall consist of the Chief of Police and such supervisory officers and police officers as the Council shall prescribe by ordinance or resolution. The Chief of Police shall be appointed by the Police and Fire Commission. Supervisory officers and police officers shall be appointed by the Chief of Police by promotion or from an eligible list provided by, and subject to approval of, the Police and Fire Commission. They shall receive such compensation as shall be determined by ordinance or resolution, and such compensation shall be in lieu of all special fees or remunerations arising from such police service.
The Chief of Police shall be the chief executive officer of the Department and have direct control and management of all members of the Department in the lawful exercise of their duties, subject to the provisions of law and of city ordinances and subject to such other lawful written orders of the Mayor or Common Council, as provided by law.
The Chief of Police shall be responsible for the maintenance of order, the enforcement of laws and the ordinances and regulations of the city, the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property. The Chief shall maintain rigid discipline so as to secure complete efficiency in the Department.
In the case of absence or disability of the Chief of Police, the Captain of police shall be the acting Chief of Police; in the case of absence or disability of the Captain, the Lieutenant of police shall be the acting Chief of Police; and in the case of absence or disability of the Captain and Lieutenant, the ranking Sergeant of police shall be the acting Chief of Police, in such order, and such acting Chief of Police shall perform the duties and exercise the power and authority of the Chief of Police but shall be entitled to no additional pay.
The Chief of Police, at the Chief's discretion, may appoint supervisory officers to command various shifts or departments within the Police Department.
The Chief of Police and each supervisory officer and police officer shall perform such duties as may be required by law, ordinance or city regulation.
[Amended by Ord. No. 12-91]
The Chief of Police shall adopt rules and regulations for the government, discipline, equipment and uniforms of supervisory officers and police officers and fix their duties. Proposed rules and regulations shall be reviewed by the Public Safety Committee prior to implementation. The Chief of Police or the Police and Fire Commission shall prescribe penalties for violations of any such rules and regulations.
The Chief of Police or such supervisory officer or police officer or subordinate assigned by the Chief shall keep an accurate and complete record of all complaints, arrests, traffic violations and convictions and the disposition of each case handled by the Department. The Chief of Police, or a supervisory officer assigned by the Chief, shall keep a record of the accomplishments and performances of each police officer.
The Chief of Police shall, at a time of the month designated by the Mayor, submit to the Mayor and the Council a written report on all activities and transactions of the Department during the preceding month and such recommendations as the Chief shall deem advisable with respect to departmental personnel, property or equipment or such other matters as the Chief shall consider to affect the effective operation of the Department in the public interest, including suggested ordinances. The Chief shall also submit, at the end of the calendar year, an annual report and the departmental budget for the ensuing year.
The Chief of Police shall have custody, care and control of public property and equipment of the Police Department, subject to the directions of the Mayor and the Council. The Chief shall conduct personally, or through a supervisory officer, periodic surveys of such property and equipment, and the Chief of Police shall arrange for the salvaging of discarded or impaired items and submit recommendations as to future needs to the Mayor.
All fees and other special remunerations received by the Police Department or any member thereof shall be deposited with the Finance Officer and shall constitute a special fund which shall be expended for equipment or property for the Police Department by order of the Chief of Police, subject to the approval of the Mayor.
Each member of the Police Department, while on a tour of duty, shall wear a badge, uniform and sidearm and such other equipment as shall be prescribed by the Chief of Police. Ranking officers, the Chief, Captain and Lieutenant, and such other police officers as authorized by the Chief of Police may wear appropriate civilian clothes while on duty but must carry the badge of their office and must be suitably armed. Each member of the Police Department shall be responsible for all city equipment issued to that member, and any member who shall lose or destroy such equipment shall be required to pay the cost of replacement. Whenever any member shall terminate membership in the Department, all city equipment and property and the badge shall be delivered to the Chief of Police. All sums of money due said member shall be withheld pending such final settlement.
All members of the Police Department, except civilian employees, shall be considered on duty at all times and subject to call by the Chief of Police or supervisory officer assigned by the Chief and shall have the same power and authority as during their regular tour of duty.
The Chief of Police shall be appointed in accordance with W.S.A. s. 62.13(3), and subordinates shall be appointed in accordance with W.S.A. s. 62.13(4)(a).
At any time, but not more than once in each calendar year, the Mayor may require any member of the Police Department to file with the Clerk, on a form to be furnished by the city, a signed written report by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the State of Wisconsin as required of candidates under W.S.A. s. 62.13(4)(c).
Each member of the Police Department shall be subject to suspension without pay for a period not to exceed 30 days and also to demotion or removal from office or employment as provided, in the case of the Chief of Police, by W.S.A. s. 62.13(3) and (5)(a) through (i), where applicable, and (j), and, in the case of subordinates, by W.S.A. s. 62.13(5)(a) through (j).
As provided by W.S.A. s. 62.09(8)(d), the Mayor may, in case of riot or other emergency, appoint for a specified time as many special policemen as may be necessary. During such term each special policeman shall possess only those powers and perform only those duties as shall be specifically assigned to him by the Chief of Police. Such term of appointment shall expire not more than one week following the termination of such riot or other emergency.
All acting full-time police officers of the city who have served their probationary period at the time of the passage of this chapter shall be deemed permanent members of the Police Department of the city.