[Adopted 8-9-1977 by Ord. No. 441, approved 8-15-1977 (Ch. 28, Art. III, of the 1975 Code)]
The Chief of Police, or the commanding officer in his absence, shall have authority to request assistance from other municipalities in the event of an emergency. Only the Chief of Police or, in his absence, the officer in command of the Police Department in the municipality in which the emergency occurs may request assistance under this plan.
The employing Chief shall initiate the request for assistance through the Montgomery County Communications Center in accord with the procedure agreed upon by the participating municipalities. The Chief of Police of the requesting municipality shall be the commander in chief of all personnel sent into the municipality in an emergency.
Responding departments shall provide up to 10% of their departmental strength whenever possible. The responding police shall have the same authority as the requesting department when acting in response to a request for assistance pursuant to this agreement.
The District Attorney of Montgomery County shall assign an Assistant District Attorney to the requesting Chief to act as a legal supervisor, when possible.
The Sheriff of Montgomery County shall immediately dispatch vans for transportation of prisoners, if requested by the supervising Chief, and shall determine the availability of adult and juvenile detention facilities.
In every instance where aid is requested, personnel supplied will be relieved of duty not more than eight hours after reporting.
The participating Police Chiefs, together with the Montgomery County authorities, may establish procedures under which to implement this agreement.
Montgomery County shall provide insurance to cover liability of the Mutual Aid Squad and its individual members. Each municipality shall pay for the cost of its own personnel when on duty in an emergency covered by this agreement.
Montgomery County shall supply equipment required by the Mutual Aid Squad other than the regular issued equipment of each member.
This agreement shall continue in effect until terminated by subsequent ordinance of the Borough of Bridgeport. This agreement is binding on all municipalities adopting it.
The purpose and objectives of this agreement are to provide assistance and cooperation in the proper handling of police emergencies in the Borough of Bridgeport.