The Mayor with the approval of a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen shall appoint a Chief of Police who shall perform all duties required of the Marshal by law and any other Police Officers found by the Board of Aldermen to be necessary for the good government of the City. The Chief of Police shall be twenty-one (21) years of age or older.
The Police of the City may be appointed in such numbers, for such times and in such manner as may be prescribed by ordinance. They shall have power to serve and execute all warrants, subpoenas, writs or other process and to make arrests in the same manner as the Chief of Police. They may exercise such powers in areas leased or owned by the municipality outside of the boundaries of such municipality. The Chief of Police and Police Officers shall be conservators of the peace and shall be active and vigilant in the preservation of good order within the City.
As used herein, the phrase "emergency situation" shall mean an actual or potential condition within the jurisdiction of one (1) or more of the parties that poses an immediate threat to life or property, and which exceeds the resources and capability of the jurisdiction(s) to successfully bring the situation under control.
In the event of an emergency situation, each City with a mutual agreement in place will furnish such personnel, equipment, facilities, or services as is, in the opinion of the assisting member, available. Provided however, that each party reserves the right to refuse to render assistance or to recall any or all rendered assistance, whenever it is determined that such actions are necessary to the continued protection of the assisting party's jurisdiction.
Each City shall designate the Law Enforcement Officials within their jurisdiction who shall have the authority to invoke this agreement, and shall provide each other party hereto with a regularly updated list specifying the name, rank, agency, and telephone number of such officials.
In order to invoke mutual aid under the provision of this agreement, the designated official from the requesting City shall be required to contact the designated official of the responding party(ies) by telephone or in writing. The responding City(ies) may request such information from the requesting party as is necessary to confirm the emergency situation, and to assess the types and amounts of assistance that shall be provided.
During an emergency situation, all personnel from responding agencies shall report to, and shall work under, the direction and supervision of the designated supervisor of the requesting agency at the emergency site. Provided however, that at all times officers shall adhere to the policies and procedures of their own department and shall only be required to respond to lawful orders.
Personnel responding to a call for mutual aid outside of their appointed jurisdiction shall have those law enforcement powers provided for by State law.