City of Ste. Genevieve, MO
Ste. Genevieve County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Cross References — Powers of police officers to arrest without warrant, §130.140; court costs to be used in training police officers, §130.310; fire department, §203.010 et seq.; failure to obey, obstructing, resisting, etc., police officers prohibited, §210.140; obedience to police department officials as pertains to traffic regulations, §310.020; directing of traffic by police department officials, §310.010; provision pertaining to traffic accidents, §310.090 et seq.; administration, chs. 110 and 115; alcoholic beverages, ch. 600; emergency management, ch. 225 ; fire prevention and protection, ch. 203; offenses, ch. 210; traffic and motor vehicles, Title III.

Section 200.010 Created — Commanding Officer. [1]

[CC 1985 §16-16]
There is hereby created a department of the City Government to be known as the Police Department, the commanding officer of which shall be the Chief of Police.
[1]
Cross Reference — Officers generally, ch. 115.

Section 200.015 Chief of Police — Appointment — Term — Salary — Removal.

[CC 1985 §16-17; Comp. Ords. §3.09(1 — 4)]
A. 
Pursuant to an election held on June 29, 1976, whereby the voters authorized the City to abolish the elected office of Marshal and to appoint a person to fill the office of Chief of Police, the Mayor is hereby authorized to appoint some qualified person, a resident of the City, to serve as Chief of Police, subject to approval of such appointment by the Board of Aldermen.
B. 
The term of office of the Chief of Police shall be for two (2) years.
C. 
The Board of Aldermen shall by resolution fix the salary of the Chief of Police.
D. 
The Mayor, with the consent of a majority of the Board of Aldermen, may remove the Chief of Police from office in accordance with the provisions of State law.

Section 200.020 Chief of Police — Powers and Duties.

[CC 1985 §16-18; Comp. Ords. §22.01(6); Ord. No. 2987 §1, 7-23-1998]
A. 
The Chief of Police shall be a conservator of the peace and shall be active and vigilant in the preservation of good order within the City. He/she shall have power at all times to make or order an arrest, with proper process, for any offense against the laws of the City or of the State and to keep the offender in the City or County Jail or other proper place to prevent his/her escape until a trial can be had before the Municipal Judge or other proper officer, unless such offender shall give a good and sufficient bond for his/her appearance for trail. The Chief of Police shall also have power to make arrests, without process, in all cases in which any offenses against the laws of the City or of the State shall be committed in his/her presence and as provided in Section 200.040.
B. 
The Chief of Police is hereby charged with the duty of having an officer on duty at all times and shall also provide for the rotation of the hours of work.

Section 200.030 Powers and Duties of Police Officers — Generally.

The Police Officers of the City shall have power to serve and execute all warrants, subpoenas, writs or other process and to make arrests in the same manner as the Chief of Police. Police Officers shall be conservators of the peace and shall be active and vigilant in the preservation of good order within the City.

Section 200.040 Police Officers — Power of Arrest.

[CC 1985 §16-21]
A. 
Every Police Officer in this City may arrest on view and without a warrant any person he/she sees violating or who he/she has reasonable grounds to believe has violated any law of this State, including a misdemeanor, or has violated any Section of this Code or other City ordinance over which the officer has jurisdiction.
B. 
The power of arrest authorized by this Section is in addition to all other powers conferred upon Police Officers and shall not be construed so as to limit or restrict any other power of the Police Officer.

Section 200.050 Limitations On Actions of Police Officers.

[CC 1985 §16-22; Comp. Ords. §22.01(3), (4), (7); Ord. No. 2987 §1, 7-23-1998]
A. 
Except for having a lawful right to be there, no Police Officer shall enter any tavern while on duty, nor shall an officer drink any alcoholic beverage while on duty or report for duty while under the influence of any such beverage.
B. 
Only Police Officers, their prisoners and authorized personnel of the City shall be permitted in the Police car.

Section 200.060 Uniforms — Firearms.

[CC 1985 §16-23; Comp. Ords. §22.01(1), (2), (5)]
A. 
All Police Officers, including the Chief of Police, shall furnish their own uniforms and that their uniforms shall comply with standard Police Officers' uniforms.
B. 
All Police Officers, including the Chief of Police, shall be in uniform at all times when on regular duty and all uniforms shall be kept clean and shall be subject to inspection by the City Administrator at all times.
C. 
All Police Officers are charged with keeping all firearms clean and in good working order.

Section 200.070 Violation of Regulations Grounds For Dismissal.

[CC 1985 §16-24; Comp. Ords. §22.01(8)]
Any violation of any of the regulations imposed by this Article by any Police Officer shall be grounds for his/her immediate dismissal.

Section 200.080 Emergency Situations Outside City Limits.

[CC 1985 §16-25; Ord. No. 16-25(Bill No.) §§1 — 5, 5-20-1986]
A. 
Authority To Respond. Any Police Officer of the City of Ste. Genevieve who completed the basic Police training program as established by Chapter 590, RSMo., shall have the authority to respond to an emergency situation outside the boundaries of the City.
B. 
Response In Aid And Assistance Only. No Police Officer shall be required by reason of this Section to leave the jurisdiction to respond to an emergency situation, but said Police Officer shall use his/her discretion and judgment as to leaving the City to respond to any emergency situation. It shall be the policy of the City that said Police Officers shall not leave the City inhabitants with inadequate Police protection or be absent for extended periods of time, but that response shall be in aid of and to assist the authorities of the County or the municipality in which the emergency situation is located. No Police Officer of the City shall be authorized to make an arrest by reason of this authorization to respond nor shall be authorized to use his/her weapon except to protect himself/herself or to effectuate an arrest for serious felony endangering the lives or threatening serious property damage to one (1) or more persons in the area.
C. 
Area Of Response. The authority contained herein shall permit the response by one (1) or more City Police Officers in an area surrounding this municipality or an area of five (5) miles. The Chief of Police may in his/her discretion authorize additional response beyond this area.
D. 
Report To Mayor Required. Every response to an emergency situation outside of the City shall be reported by the Chief of Police to the Mayor with an explanation for the reason for the response.
E. 
Definitions Of "Emergency Situation". As used herein, the term "emergency situation" means any unforeseen combination of circumstances or events involving danger or imminent danger to human life or property which requires immediate action, such as an automobile accident, civil disturbance or serious accident or criminal action.

Section 200.090 Use of Excessive Force During Non-Violent Civil Rights Demonstrations.

[CC 1985 §16-1; Ord. No. 2585 Art. I §1, Art. II §§1 — 3, 12-20-1990; Ord. No. 2781 Art. I §1, Art. II §§1 — 3, 11-21-1994]
A. 
Excessive Force Prohibited. The City hereby adopts and will enforce a policy prohibiting the use of excessive force by law enforcement agencies within its jurisdiction against any individuals engaged in non-violent civil rights demonstrations. The City also prohibits the physical barring of any entrance or exit to such a facility and will enforce all applicable State laws regarding same.
B. 
Notice. Any person found to be violating any provision of this Section shall be served by the City with written notice stating the nature of the violation.
C. 
Penalty For Violation. Any person guilty of violating this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof shall be fined in the amount not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each violation. Each day in which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
D. 
Violators Liable To City For Loss, Etc. Any person violating any of the provisions of this Section shall become liable to the City for any expense, loss or damage occasioned the City by reason of such violation.