[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Wilmerding 3-1-1988 by Ord. No. 878 (Ch. 1, Part 3, of the 1989 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Added 12-28-1989 by Ord. No. 903]
The creation of the full-time Police Department in and for the Borough of Wilmerding and the appointment of policemen by the Borough Council of the Borough of Wilmerding, subject to any applicable civil service provision and the law, is hereby enacted.
[Added 12-28-1989 by Ord. No. 903]
The full-time Police Department may be, but is not limited to, a Chief, Lieutenant and Sergeant and any other officers or patrolmen as have been or may be appointed by the Borough Council of the Borough of Wilmerding from time to time, subject to applicable civil service provisions and the law.
The Police Chief shall be the chief administrative officer of the Police Department and shall have complete responsibility over all personnel and functions and operations of the Department. The Police Chief shall have full authority to enforce all regulations, rules, procedural instructions, general and special directives as regards the Police Department.
The Police Chief shall promptly execute all directives of the Mayor and issue such orders to the Police Department as may be required for proper enforcement.
The Police Chief's duties shall include the following:
The Police Chief shall organize, direct and control all resources of the Department for the most efficient discharge of its duty to preserve the peace, protect persons and property, and obey and enforce all ordinances of the Borough of Wilmerding and all criminal laws of the State of Pennsylvania and the United States of America.
The Police Chef shall develop the organizational structure of the Department in accordance with professional standards and, by consideration of sound span-of-control principles, integrate related activities under control of intermediate supervisors. The Police Chief shall hold them accountable for effective conduct of such activities.
The Police Chief shall plan and execute a police service program designed to prevent and repress crime, apprehend and prosecute offenders, recover property, and regulate noncriminal conduct. The Police Chief shall modify the program to combat current trends as revealed by analysis of records and reports.
The Police Chief shall work for the enactment and strengthening of laws and ordinances for the restraint of criminal activities.
The Police Chief shall cause an adequate and progressive program of employee training to be organized and conducted.
The Police Chief shall formulate techniques for recognizing outstanding performance by Department employees.
The Police Chief shall continually strive to improve employee working conditions in order to achieve maximum efficiency and morale.
The Police Chief shall, at all times, inform himself of the affairs of the Department and be assured that the duties of his subordinates are properly discharged.
The Police Chief shall visit and cause to be visited, at irregular and unannounced times, all Department units for inspection of the efficiency of operation.
The Police Chief shall exercise general supervision and inspection of all public places within the Borough and cause the laws and ordinances concerning them to be obeyed.
The Police Chief shall develop and conduct a sound public relations program to promote public confidence and shall interpret police policies and objectives to Department personnel, the press, radio and the public.
The Police Chief shall maintain suitable, productive relationships between the Department and other governmental agencies and with private organizations, especially those concerned with traffic, crime prevention and the administration of justice.
The Police Chief shall submit required reports to the Borough Council and the Mayor in such form and detail to clearly depict conditions and police action.
The Police Chief shall ensure prompt reporting to other Borough departments of any important matter falling within their jurisdiction.
The Police Chief shall determine and publish the order in which ranking officers will succeed to command of the Department in his absence.
The Police Chief shall create and maintain a staff of command officers to function as an executive staff. The Police Chief shall conduct periodic meetings of this staff to discuss and resolve current problems, establish policy and disseminate information.
The Police Chief shall maintain an active alliance with professional police authorities and participate in programs for the mutual improvements of proficiency in combating crime and traffic problems.
The Police Chief shall develop or adopt new techniques to improve the Department's effectiveness in the discharge of primary police obligations.
The Police Chief shall establish and supervise a program of experience analysis and continued planning in preparation for the development of facilities to fulfill prospective requirements.
The Police Chief shall assist in the preparation and presentation of realistic annual budget estimates and establish adequate controls over expenditures in accordance with policies established by the Borough Council.
The Police Chief shall administer the Department's fiscal affairs in a manner calculated to convert available resources into maximum effective police service, economically employed, in areas of demonstrable need in accordance with policies established by Council.
One of the primary objectives of the Chief of Police shall be continuous planning to develop and maintain policies and procedures adequate to meet current demands for police service at minimum cost.
The Police Chief will be responsible for providing twenty-four-hour staff inspectional service by constant observation and evaluation of every phase of police activity. He will necessarily be sensitive to areas of weakness or defect but will be particularly alert to the need for development and employment of positive means for the simplification of procedure and the improvement of service and morale.
The inspections will be conducted with the following questions in mind:
Are the established policies, procedures and regulations being carried out to the letter and in the spirit for which they were laid out?
Are these policies, procedures and regulations adequate to attain the desired results?
Are the resources at your disposal, both personnel and equipment, being utilized to the fullest extent?
Are these physical resources adequate to carry out the job of the Department?
Does there, or could there, exist any deficiency in personnel integrity, training, morale, supervision or policy which should be corrected or improved?
Are there new techniques being used in one unit of the Department which could be applied successfully to other areas?
Is there uniformity of operation?
The Police Chief shall have the responsibility for all training throughout the Department.
The Police Chief shall establish and maintain complete individual service records for all personnel as a guide to the placement, treatment and training of employees for best performance. These service records will be subject to the periodic review of the Personnel Committee of Council.
The Police Chief shall analyze reports of personnel strength and consult line authorities to discover any imbalance in the assignment of personnel.
The Police Chief shall perform any other duties as dictated by the Mayor of Wilmerding Borough.