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Borough of Catasauqua, PA
Lehigh County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Catasauqua as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Civil service — See Ch. 30.
Pensions, retirement and benefits — See Ch. 55.
[Adopted 5-1-1978 by Ord. No. 764 (Ch. I, Secs. 65 to 70.1, of the 1962 Code)]
[Amended 7-6-1999 by Ord. No. 1100]
Borough Council shall select from a list of qualified applicants submitted by the Mayor and Chief of Police.
[Amended 7-6-1999 by Ord. No. 1100]
The list of qualified applicants shall be prepared by the Mayor and Chief of Police.
No part-time or extra police shall be subject to the civil service provisions of the Borough Code, nor are they subject or covered by the terms of the police contract for full-time officers.
Except for the provisions concerning dismissal, all part-time or extra police shall be subject to the rules and regulations on police conduct of the Borough.
Part-time or extra police officers once appointed by Council can be removed at any time for any reason by a majority vote of Council.
After being selected as a part-time or extra police officer, each person so selected shall be sworn in by the Mayor.
Part-time or extra police shall have all law enforcement powers of full-time police.
[Adopted 1-8-1979 by Ord. No. 778 (Ch. I, Secs. 51 to 64.7, of the 1962 Code)]
The existing Police Department of Catasauqua is hereby recognized and established as the Police Department of said Borough.
There is hereby established the following ranks for police in the Borough: Chief of Police, Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant and Patrolman.
Borough Council may designate one of said policemen as Chief of Police. Borough Council may also appoint one or more qualified candidates as determined by the Civil Service Rules and Regulations (see Chapter 30 of this Code) to the ranks of Captain, Lieutenant and Sergeant. Said appointments by Council are permissive only and it is not required that all ranks be filled.
The Chief of Police shall be the head of the Department and have supervision over all officers and members thereof. Following him in rank shall be the captain, the lieutenant, the sergeants and patrolmen, in order of seniority in rank of each group.
[Amended 7-6-1999 by Ord. No. 1100]
There is hereby established a position of detective within the Catasauqua Police Department. The Mayor may appoint one or more police officers to this position at the Mayor's sole discretion. The Mayor may remove and/or replace any police officer appointed to this position at any time for any reason. It is specifically understood that "detective" is a position and not a rank protected under civil service provisions. The officers assigned to the position of detective shall have primary responsibility to undertake the investigation of complex crimes and to take over and complete the criminal investigation after regular police officers have initially gone to the scene of a criminal occurrence.
[Amended 7-6-1999 by Ord. No. 1100]
The Chief of Police shall be the keeper of the Borough lockup and shall have custody of all persons incarcerated therein. He shall keep such records and make such reports concerning the activities of his Department as may be required by statute or by the Mayor. The Chief shall be responsible for the performance by the Police Department of its functions and all persons who are members of the Police Department shall serve subject to the orders of the Chief of Police. The Chief shall have the power to appoint officers who have positions of detective to duties other than those enumerated as their primary function on a temporary basis.
The Borough Council may promulgate and must approve all rules and regulations for the conduct of police officers within the Department. Violators of these rules shall be subject to disciplinary procedures provided under the civil service provisions of the Borough Code (see Chapter 30 of this Code).
[Amended 7-6-1999 by Ord. No. 1100]
The Chief of Police and/or the Mayor may issue command orders which shall be posted in the police headquarters. Any violations of these command orders shall result in disciplinary action against the police officer in violation of the same.
See Article I of this chapter.
Pursuant to the Borough Code, during an emergency, the Mayor may appoint special police for the Borough of Catasauqua, said police to have full police powers for the duration of their appointment.
[Amended 7-6-1999 by Ord. No. 1100]
Pursuant to the Borough Code, upon request of the Board of School Directors of the school district in which the Borough is located, the Mayor may appoint special school police who shall have the duty of controlling or directing traffic at or near schools and who shall be in suitable and distinctive uniform and shall display a badge or other sign of authority. Such police shall be vested with all the power of local police officers related to traffic direction while on duty and shall be under and subject to the direction of the Mayor. They shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and shall not come within the civil service provisions and shall not be entitled to participate in any police pension plan or plans now in effect or hereinafter effective.
[Added 3-1-1982 by Ord. No. 835; amended 7-6-1999 by Ord. No. 1100]
There is hereby established a dog handler position within the Catasauqua Police Department. The Mayor and Borough Council may appoint police officers to this position if Council and the Mayor believe that an officer is qualified and a need exists for the same. The Mayor and Council may remove any police officer appointed to this position at any time for any reason. It is specifically understood that dog handler is a position and not a rank protected under the civil service provisions. The officer assigned to the position of dog handler shall use a dog approved by the Mayor and Chief of Police and shall undertake the necessary training to enable him to carry out his duties effectively with the dog. The duties of the dog handler shall be as directed by the Mayor and Chief of Police and shall be in accordance with the police regulations concerning the same.
All persons duly serving as part-time police, special police and special school police shall be subject to the same discipline, rules and regulations as apply to the regular patrolmen, except as to uniform.
All police officers heretofore appointed and in the employ of the Borough of Catasauqua who are residents in the Borough of Catasauqua or within a distance not greater than 10 miles from the Borough of Catasauqua and any police officer hereafter employed by the Borough of Catasauqua shall reside within the geographical limits of the Borough of Catasauqua or within a distance not greater than 10 miles from the geographical limits of the Borough of Catasauqua.
A. 
Any police officer hereafter employed by said Borough of Catasauqua and not living within its geographical limits or within a distance of 10 miles from the geographical limits of the Borough of Catasauqua shall be given 12 months following the close of his term of probationary service to meet the residence requirements as set forth in § 65-21 hereof.
B. 
If said police officer shall not have complied with the requirements of this article within the said period of 12 months, the Borough Council may, in its discretion, either suspend such police officer until requirements of residence are met or dismiss the said police officer immediately.
The Police Civil Service Commission of the Borough of Catasauqua is hereby authorized by rule or regulation to require police officers to comply with the residence requirements established by this article.
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Editor's Note: See Ch. 30, Civil Service, of this Code.
The requirements for police officers of the Borough of Catasauqua, as set forth in this article, are in addition to any and all requirements set forth by any Act of Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.