[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Highlands as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established a Police Department for the Town of Highlands pursuant to § 150 of the Town Law of the State of New York.
The cost of the Police Department shall be a "part-town" charge assessed against the taxable properties within the town outside the Village of Highland Falls.
The following positions are hereby established:
The salaries for the positions established herein shall be fixed by resolution of the Town Board from time to time.
All promotions for the foregoing positions in the Town Police Department shall be on a basis of seniority, meritorious police service and superior capacity as shown by competitive examination as conducted by the Orange County Civil Service Commission. All records shall be kept in accordance with the rules of the Orange County Civil Service Commission, which shall be furnished with all information as required by law. No person shall be eligible for appointment for a position in the Town of Highlands Police Department who shall not be a citizen of the United States, who has been convicted of a felony, who is unable to read and write understandingly the English language or who has not resided within the State of New York for one year and within Orange County, New York for at least six months preceding his or her appointment.
Each of the foregoing members of the Police Department shall be furnished and provided with the uniforms and equipment in accordance with the past practice of the town.
The Supervisor of the town is hereby designated as the Police Commissioner.
Notification of the establishment of this Police Department shall be given to the Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services by the Town Clerk within 30 days.
[Adopted 11-14-2000 by L.L. No. 4-2000]
The purpose of this article is to promote the health and safety of the inhabitants of the town by limiting the distance within which a town police officer must reside to provide reasonable availability to perform his duties.
All full-time police officers employed by the Town of Highlands Police Department must reside within a ten-mile radius of the Town Hall at 254 Main Street, Highland Falls, New York.
The provisions of this article are waived for any police officer if he has resided beyond the ten-mile radius for at least six months prior to the adoption of the article and continuously resides beyond the ten-mile radius at the date of the adoption herein.