Article I Generally
Article II Reciprocal Agreement
[CC 1996 §200.010; CC 1977 §71.010]
This Chapter consists of the rules and regulations for the operation of the Police Department of this City. To the extent that this Chapter conflicts with the provisions of Chapter 130 (relating to Personnel), this Chapter shall prevail. To the extent that regulations promulgated by the Mayor or by the Chief of Police, under the authority of this Chapter, conflict with the provisions of Chapter 130 (relating to Personnel), then Chapter 130 shall prevail.
[CC 1996 §200.020; CC 1977 §21.170; Ord. No. 828 §II, 5-6-1991; Ord. No. 1089 §I, 4-5-1999; Ord. No. 1434 §I, 6-21-2004]
The Chief of Police shall hold his/her office for the term of two (2) years or until his/her successor is appointed and qualified as provided in Section 110.080 of this Code unless sooner removed from office pursuant to ordinance. The Chief of Police shall be in charge of the Bowling Green Police Department and supervise all employees thereof and shall report directly to the City Administrator. The Chief of Police shall have all Police powers and authority as granted in the Bowling Green, Missouri, City Code and the Statutes of the State of Missouri to enforce all laws and ordinances, execute all process, writs, orders, notices, attests and all other duties which may be required by law or ordinance.
[Ord. No. 1485 §I, 8-15-2005]
The Police Chief is hereby directed and authorized to utilize the employment agreement for all persons employed in the Police Department, including dispatchers. All current employees as well as all future employees of the Police Department, including dispatchers, shall enter into the employment agreement.
[CC 1996 §200.040; Ord. No. 879 §§1 — 2, 9-8-1993; Ord. No. 1274 §I, 3-18-2002]
All Law Enforcement Officers of the City of Bowling Green, Missouri, shall be certified and licensed by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission of the State of Missouri pursuant to Sections 590.010 through 590.175, RSMo., and shall have satisfactorily completed such instruction and training as the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission shall establish from time to time.
[CC 1996 §200.160; CC 1977 §71.150]
Officers shall appear in court on any case in which they are witnesses. If duty demands their absence from the Municipal Court (Police Court), they shall report the matter to the Chief of Police in order that the case may be continued. Officers on the witness stand, in response to questions asked, will state in clear and distinct words, truthfully, all they know regarding a matter, without fear or reservation and without any desire or design to influence the result.
[CC 1996 §200.210; CC 1977 §71.220]
No member of the department shall wear his/her uniform or carry a pistol while under suspension for any cause; and such member shall immediately surrender his/her badge and Police identification to the Chief of Police when notified of his/her suspension.
[CC 1996 §200.290; Ord. No. 719 §§I — V, 5-5-1986]
Any Police Officer of the City of Bowling Green 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.
No Police Officer shall be required by reasons of this Section to leave the jurisdiction to respond to an emergency situation, but said Police Officer shall use his/her said 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 the 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 he/she be authorized to use his/her weapon except to protect himself/herself or to effectuate an arrest for a serious felony endangering the lives or threatening serious property damage to one (1) or more persons in the area.
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 twenty (20) miles. The Chief of the Police Department may in his/her discretion authorize additional response beyond this area.
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.
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.
[CC 1996 §200.300; CC 1977 §71.500]
The Police Department of the City of Bowling Green is hereby authorized and directed to enter into an intergovernmental cooperative Police agreement with any other governmental law enforcement agency.