City of Marshfield, MO
Webster County
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Section 200.010 Police Department Established — Composition.

[R.O. 2014 §200.010]
There is hereby established a Police Department for the City which shall consist of a Chief, and such number of Policemen as shall be determined by the Board of Aldermen.

Section 200.020 Selection of Chief.

[R.O. 2014 §200.020; Ord. No. 1658, 5-14-2015]
At the first (1st) regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen in April of each even-numbered year, the Mayor with the approval of the Board shall select a suitable and qualified person as Police Chief who shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for the term of two (2) years, unless sooner removed. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Police Chief, the highest ranking officer of the Police Department at the time of the vacancy shall serve in the capacity of the Police Chief. A permanent replacement shall be filled by vote of the Board of Aldermen to serve the unexpired term.

Section 200.030 Duties of Chief.

[R.O. 2014 §200.030]
The Police Chief shall be responsible for the discipline, good order and conduct of the Police Department and the enforcement of all laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining thereto, and for the care and condition of all property of the Department. He/she shall have the superintendence, control and command of all the men belonging to the Department, and all Police Department equipment belonging to the City. He/she shall have all authority and power granted to him/her under the laws of the State of Missouri and the ordinances of the City of Marshfield. He/she shall be responsible for all scheduling of work by the members of the Police Department and shall be responsible for annually preparing a budget for the Police Department to submit to the City Administrator and Board of Aldermen and to submit an annual report of the activity of the Police Department during the past year at a time to be designated by the City Administrator or Board of Aldermen. The Police Chief shall be compensated for the performance of his/her duties at a rate to be determined annually by the Board of Aldermen and shall receive such benefits as shall be determined annually by the Board of Aldermen. The Police Chief shall at all times be responsible to the Mayor of the City of Marshfield, who by State law is the Commander in Chief of all Law Enforcement Officers of the City of Marshfield.

Section 200.040 Appointment of Regular Police.

[R.O. 2014 §200.040; Ord. No. 308 §2, 4-23-1976]
The Mayor, at the regular meetings of the Board of Aldermen, and at such times as a vacancy may exist, with the consent and approval of the Board of Aldermen, may appoint such number of regular Policemen as may be deemed necessary to good and proper law enforcement in the City of Marshfield.

Section 200.050 Appointment of Reserve Police.

[R.O. 2014 §200.050; Ord. No. 308 §3, 4-23-1976]
In addition to regular Policemen the Mayor may, without the consent and approval of the Board of Aldermen, appoint such reserve Policemen as he/she may deem necessary for good and proper law enforcement in the City of Marshfield. Provided that such number of reserve Policemen shall not exceed five (5) persons. Reserve Policemen shall possess all the powers and qualifications of a regular Policeman.

Section 200.060 Policemen To Serve At The Will of Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

[R.O. 2014 §200.060; Ord. No. 308 §4, 4-23-1976]
All Policemen, regular or reserve, shall at all times serve at the will of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Marshfield. Provided further that all directives from the Mayor and Board of Aldermen shall issue from the Mayor to the Chief of Police or Assistant Chief of Police, in absence of the Chief of Police.

Section 200.070 Suspension of Policemen and Chief of Police.

[R.O. 2014 §200.070; Ord. No. 308 §5, 4-23-1976]
All Policemen, regular or reserve, may at any time, with cause, be suspended by the Chief of Police, or Assistant Chief of Police in absence of the Chief of Police, for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days. The Chief of Police may, at any time, with cause, be suspended by the Mayor of the City of Marshfield, for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days.

Section 200.080 Removal of Policemen.

[R.O. 2014 §200.080; Ord. No. 308 §6, 4-23-1976]
All Policemen, regular or reserve, may at any time, with or without cause, be removed from office by the Mayor with the consent and approval of a majority of the Board of Aldermen and may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Board of Aldermen without the consent of the Mayor.

Section 200.090 Qualifications For Police.

[R.O. 2014 §200.090; Ord. No. 308 §7, 4-23-1976]
All persons appointed to the office of Policeman, either regular or reserve, shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, a resident of Webster County and qualified under Chapter 590, RSMo.

Section 200.100 Policemen — Powers and Duties.

[R.O. 2014 §200.100; Ord. No. 308 §10, 4-23-1976]
All Policemen, regular or reserve, shall have power to serve and execute all warrants, subpoenas, writs or other process and shall have power to make arrests in the manner as provided by Missouri Statutes or municipal ordinance of the City of Marshfield. It is hereby made their duty to enforce all laws of the State of Missouri and the City of Marshfield.

Section 200.110 Mayor and Chief of Police To Make Regulations.

[R.O. 2014 §200.110; Ord. No. 308 §11, 4-23-1976]
The Mayor and Chief of Police are hereby empowered and authorized to make rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the ordinances of the City of Marshfield, for the further governing of the Police force of the City of Marshfield. All rules and regulations promulgated by the Mayor and Chief of Police and approved by the Board of Aldermen shall be dated and filed with the City Administrator as a public record and shall be binding on all Policemen.

Section 200.120 Excessive Force Prohibited.

[R.O. 2014 §200.120; Ord. No. 593 §§1 — 4, 4-11-1991]
A. 
The following Rules and Regulations are hereby adopted to limit the use of excessive force:
The City of Marshfield hereby adopts and will enforce a policy prohibiting the use of excessive force by law enforcement agents within it's jurisdiction against any individuals engaged in non-violent civil rights demonstrations.
B. 
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. 
Any person found to be violating any provision of this Section shall be prosecuted for assault and on conviction thereof shall be fined and/or jailed as set forth in the applicable punishment provisions of the Marshfield Municipal Code. Each day in which any such violations shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
D. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Section shall become liable to the City for any expense, loss or damage occasioned by the City by reason of such violation.

Section 200.130 Major Case Squad.

[R.O. 2014 §200.130; Ord. No. 659 §1, 9-23-1993]
Under the authority of Section 70.352, RSMo., the Chief of Police of the City of Marshfield, Missouri, and the regular non-reserve officers of the City of Marshfield, Missouri, are hereby authorized to cooperate with other counties and cities and are hereby given the authority to participate in the South Central Missouri Major Case Squad.