[R.O. 2006 §200.010; CC 1978 §71.010]
The Police Department of the City shall consist of a Chief of Police and such other members or ranks as may be determined necessary by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen from time to time and set by ordinance.
[R.O. 2006 §200.030; CC 1978 §71.030]
The Chief of Police, in the discharge of his/her duties, shall be subject to the orders of the Mayor and the Finance Officer/Director of Personnel only; all other members of the Police Department shall be subject to the orders of their superiors in the Police Department and the Mayor and Finance Officer/Director of Personnel only.
[R.O. 2006 §200.040; CC 1978 §71.040]
Every member of the Department shall have power at all times to make or order an arrest with proper process for any offense against the ordinances of the City and the laws of the State, and to keep an offender in any City prison or jail or other proper place to prevent his/her escape until trial, unless such offender shall give good and sufficient bond for his/her appearance for trial, and shall also have power to make arrest without process in all cases in which any offense against the ordinances of the City and laws of the State shall be committed in his/her presence. Every member of the Department shall have the power to serve and execute all warrants, subpoenas, writs or other process issued by the Municipal Judge of the City at any place within the City. They may exercise such powers in areas leased or owned by the City outside of the boundaries of the City.
[R.O. 2006 §200.050; CC 1978 §71.050]
No member of the Police Department, as provided in this Chapter, shall be permitted to serve as a member of such Department unless he/she is at least twenty-one (21) years of age and shall pass a satisfactory physical and drug screen examination and possess a valid Peace Officer's license.
[R.O. 2006 §200.130; Ord. No. 815 §§I — III, 8-2-1994; Ord. No. 1166 §I, 2-20-2001]
Any Police Officer of the City of Warrenton shall have the authority to respond to an emergency situation occurring in all unincorporated areas of Warren County, Missouri, pursuant to the authority granted in Section 70.820, RSMo.
As used in this Section, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
- EMERGENCY SITUATION
- Any situation in which the Police Officer has a reasonable belief that a crime is about to be committed, is being committed, or has been committed involving injury or threat of injury to any person, property, or governmental interest and his/her response is reasonably necessary to prevent or end such emergency situation or mitigate the likelihood of injury involved in such emergency situation.
- POLICE OFFICER
- Any Police Officer of the City of Warrenton, Missouri, who has completed the basic Police training program as promulgated by Chapter 590, RSMo., as amended.
- To take any and all action which the Police Officer may lawfully take as if exercising his/her powers within the City of Warrenton.
Every response to an emergency situation outside the boundaries of the City of Warrenton shall be reported, in writing, to the Chief of Police within twelve (12) hours.
When any officer or employee of the Police Department responds to an emergency situation occurring in the unincorporated area of Warren County, Missouri, concerning animal control pursuant to the request of the Warren County Sheriff's Department, the City shall charge the Warren County Sheriff's Department sixty-five dollars ($65.00) for such response.
[R.O. 2006 §200.140; Ord. No. 1153 §I, 11-21-2000; Ord. No. 1309 §I, 5-6-2003]
For the purpose of this Section, the following words shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them:
- ALARM EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER
- Any person, firm or corporation that sells or leases and/or installs emergency alarm systems in the City of Warrenton.
- ALARM USER
- The resident or commercial establishment protected by an emergency alarm system.
- AUTOMATIC DIALING DEVICE
- An electrically operated instrument composed of sensory apparatus and related hardware which automatically sends over regular telephone lines, by direct connection or otherwise, a pre-recorded voice alarm upon receipt of a stimulus from the sensory apparatus that has detected a physical force or condition inherently characteristic of a fire or unauthorized intrusion.
- EMERGENCY ALARM
- Any device which, when actuated by a criminal act, fire, unauthorized intrusion or other emergency, transmits a pre-recorded message or other signal by telephone, radio or other means to a central station, modified central station, licensed answering service.
- FALSE ALARM
- A false alarm shall be any emergency alarm which is actuated by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional act to which the Fire or Police Department responds, including alarms caused by the malfunction of the alarm system, accept that the following shall not be considered false alarms:
- 1. Alarms caused by an act of God such as earthquakes, flood, windstorm, thunder or lightning.
- 2. Alarms caused by an attempted illegal entry of which there is visible evidence.
- 3. Alarms intentionally caused by the resident acting under a sincere belief that a need exists to call the Police or Fire Department.
Signaling Devices And Automatic Dialing Devices. All automatic dialing devices shall be installed on a separate telephone line. No such devices shall be keyed to any telephone line of the Warrenton Police Department.
Local Alarms — Limits On Operation. All emergency alarm systems equipped with any exterior sound-producing device including but not limited to gongs, buzzers, sirens, bells or horns shall be equipped with a time device which limits the operation of such exterior sound-producing device to fifteen (15) minutes, except that commercial installations shall be allowed thirty (30) minutes.
Emergency Alarm Installations — Operational Requirements. All emergency alarm systems shall be subject to the following operational requirements:
The sensory mechanism used in connection with such alarms must be adjusted to the degree reasonably possible to suppress false indications of fire or intrusion, so that alarms will not be actuated by natural phenomena including but not limited to, transient pressure change in water pipes, short flashes of light, wind noises or exterior pressure change such as rattling or vibration of windows or sonic booms and vehicular noise adjacent to the installation.
The alarm user shall be responsible for maintaining the system in good repair to assure reliability of operation.
The alarm user shall also be responsible for seeing that the system is not misused.
False Alarms Service Charge.
There will be no charge for the response of the Police Department to the first (1st) false alarm during each year commencing July first (1st). All subsequent false alarms during such year to which the Warrenton Police Department responds shall result in the following service charges to the alarm user:
Refusal to pay any fee, service charge or penalty charged by the City within a period of thirty (30) days shall be considered a violation of this Section.
Non-Liability Of City. The City shall not be liable for any defects in operation of automatic dialing devices and signal line systems, for any failure or neglect to respond appropriately upon receipt of an alarm from such a source, nor for the failure or neglect of any person with a license issued pursuant to this Section. In the event that the City finds it necessary to disconnect an emergency alarm system, the City shall incur no liability by such action.
Penalties. Anyone violating the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be subject to a fine of not less than seventy-five dollars ($75.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00). Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.