[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Kings Point 12-20-1978 by L.L. No. 2-1978. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is essential to good government in the Village of Kings Point, to the protection of its inhabitants and of property within the Village, to the preservation of peace and good order, to the suppression of vice, to the protection and preservation of public works and of the general safety, health, comfort and welfare of the inhabitants of the Village that police protection be maintained at a high standard of excellence throughout the Village. The Village has long maintained its own Police Department, deeming that such ends are thereby better served.
In carrying out its assigned task, it is essential that the Village Police Department utilize the services of the Police Department of the County of Nassau to support and supplement the services and protection provided by the Village Police Department, and it is acknowledged that without such support and supplementation, the Village Police Department would not be able to provide the broad spectrum of police services required for Village purposes.
The proper functioning of government requires that the Police Department of the Village be operated in the most efficient manner possible. Efficiency of operation includes the cost of operations as well as the need to update operations to keep pace with modern methods, to incorporate modern concepts and procedures and to coordinate them in close cooperation with the Police Department of the county. Because of the relatively small size of the Village Police Department, it is not always possible to achieve the economies of scale enjoyed by a large department nor to exercise the same degree of flexibility in the assignment and utilization of personnel enjoyed by a large department. These and other factors, such as the significant and rapid increase in operating costs stemming in large part from increases in the wage levels of police personnel, have emphasized the urgency of the need for the adoption of modern methods. The close balancing of needs with costs has become increasingly apparent to the Board of Trustees.
To ensure the provision of police protection needed, to promote the general welfare of the Village, to achieve the economies needed to justify the continuation of a Police Department operated by the Village, to further the modernization of its police methods and concepts, to improve and continue the coordination of procedures and methods of the Police Departments of the Village and the county, it is necessary to establish a separate Board of Police Commissioners to assist in the formulation of policy, to make recommendations as to the means by which economies can be achieved and methods can be improved and to ensure that any new policies formulated and new methods are immediately carried out and employed.
Pursuant to the authority vested in the Board of Trustees under Village Law § 3-308, Subdivision 2, a separate Board of Police Commissioners is hereby established in the Village of Kings Point.
The Commission shall consist of three members. One member shall be a qualified resident of the Village. The second member shall be a member of the Board of Trustees of the Village. The third member shall be a person with at least 10 years of professional police experience. Said third member shall be Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
[Amended 5-23-1979 by L.L. No. 2-1979; 7-19-1982 by L.L. No. 5-1982]
The Police Commissioners shall be appointed by the Mayor of the Village, which appointment shall be approved by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the provisions of the Village Law.
Notwithstanding the provisions of the Village Law, the Chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners may reside within the County of Nassau, New York, even though such residence is outside the corporate limits of the Village.
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C, which dealt with the status of the Chairman and which immediately followed this section, was deleted 5-23-1979 by L.L. No. 2-1979.
The term of office of each Police Commissioner shall be for two official years, except for the first term. The first term of the Chairman of the Board shall expire at the end of the official year in 1980. The first terms of the other two Commissioners shall expire at the end of the official years in 1979 and 1981.
The annual compensation of the Chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners shall be fixed by the Mayor and Board of Trustees in the same manner as the annual compensation of all other officers, appointed officials and department heads is fixed. The other two Commissioners shall serve without compensation.
[Amended 5-23-1979 by L.L. No. 2-1979; 4-14-1981 by L.L. No. 5-1981]
The Board of Police Commissioners is hereby authorized and empowered:
Notwithstanding the provisions of Village Law §§ 8-800 and 8-804, to promulgate rules and regulations governing the operation of the Police Department of the Village and to recommend such other rules and regulations applicable to other departments as shall be necessary or desirable for the public safety and welfare, subject however, to the prior approval of the Mayor and Board of Trustees of any such rules and regulations.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Village Law § 8-804, to supervise, control and direct the conduct of the members of the Police Department of the Village and all matters relative to the operation of such Department, including the appointment, promotion, change in status and removal of said members.
To prepare and submit from time to time fiscal reports relative to the operation of the Police Department and to recommend to the Mayor and the Board of Trustees such changes in the methods, practices and procedures involved in the operation of the Department and in the procurement of equipment necessary or desirable to promote modernization of the Department, all consistent with its efficient operation.
To promote cooperation between the Police Department of the Village and that of the County of Nassau, looking to better and greater utilization of county-provided services and methods so as to eliminate any unnecessary and duplicative services provided by the Village and to bring into conformity, to the extent reasonably possible, the practices of the Police Department of the county and the Village; to remain abreast of modern day developments in the area of law enforcement in the United States, to recommend the introduction of changes of methods, procedures and equipment and to seek out federal and state funds which may be used by the Village to improve police procedures and operations within the Village.
The Mayor shall have the right to delegate to the Board of Police Commissioners and the Chairman thereof such other powers of the Mayor as set forth in Village Law § 4-400, Subdivision 1b and e, such other powers as may be deemed necessary or desirable to enable the Board of Police Commissioners effectively to discharge the duties above set forth; provided, however, that any such delegation of powers shall not in any way relieve or absolve the Mayor from the responsibility to supervise the proper discharge by the Board of Police Commissioners and the Chairman thereof of all of the obligations placed upon the Mayor by the Village Law.
Editor's Note: This amendment passed at referendum 6-16-1981.
[Added 4-14-1981 by L.L. No. 5-1981]
The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners shall preside at the meetings of the Board of Commissioners.
A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but a lesser number may adjourn.
No action may be taken except by a concurring vote of a majority of the Board.
[Added 4-14-1981 by L.L. No. 5-1981]
The duties of the Chairman shall be:
To preside at the meetings of the Board of Commissioners, and he may have a vote upon all matters and questions coming before the Board, and he shall vote in case of a tie. However, on all matters and questions, he shall vote only in his capacity as Chairman, and his vote shall be considered as one vote.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Village Law § 4-400; Subdivision 1e, to supervise, control and direct the day-to-day conduct of the members of the Police Department of the Village and all other routine matters relative to the operation of such Department between Board meetings.
To act as liaison on a routine basis on behalf of the Police Department of the Village with the County of Nassau.