[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Mendota as Ch. 4 of the 1998 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Emergency services — See Ch. 29.
There is hereby established an executive department of the municipal government of the City of Mendota, which shall be known as the "Police Department," and which shall embrace the Chief of Police and such number of policemen as the Council may, by resolution, determine.
Term. The Chief of Police shall be Chief of the Police Department, and shall hold his office for the term of one year, unless otherwise removed, and until his successor shall be appointed and qualified.
Appointment. The Chief of Police shall be appointed by the Mayor, by and with the advice and consent of the Council, on the first Monday in May after each general City election, or as soon thereafter as practicable.
Discharge of duties. The Chief of Police shall devote his entire time and energy to the discharge of the duties of his office. He shall wear a badge or star on which shall be inscribed "Chief of Police," and he shall see that the laws and ordinances of the City are enforced as far as possible by himself and the force under his command, and that all offenders are reported to some proper tribunal for punishment.
Control of police force; absence. The Chief of Police shall be the commanding officer of the police force of the City, subject to the Mayor and the rules and regulations prescribed by the Council. The Chief shall in no case absent himself from the City without notifying the Mayor of his intended absence where practicable.
Serving process in City. The Chief of Police shall have power and authority, within the corporate limits of the City, to serve and execute warrants and other legal process for the apprehension and commitment of persons charged with or held for the commission of any crime or misdemeanor, or the violation of any law or ordinance of the City, and while serving or executing, or assisting in the service or execution of, any such warrant or legal process, he shall be vested with all the common law and statutory powers of constables for such purpose.
Serving process outside the City. The Chief of Police shall also have power and authority to execute City warrants, or other legal process, outside the corporate limits of the City, and within such distance therefrom as is authorized by law, in all cases when any ordinance of the City, made pursuant to law, shall prescribe a penalty for the violation of any of its provisions by persons residing or doing business outside the limits of the City.
Bystander assistance. The Chief of Police may, at any time, call upon any able-bodied person, above the age of 18 years, to aid him in arresting, retaking or holding in custody any person guilty of having committed any unlawful act, or charged therewith, or to aid such officer in preventing the commission of any unlawful act.
Attend meetings of Council. The Chief of Police shall attend, in person, all meetings of the Council, execute all its orders, and all warrants or other legal process required to be executed by him under any ordinance of the City.
Police record. The Chief of Police shall keep, or cause to be kept, books of record of the Police Department, and of all persons arrested or committed by the police, showing the time, the magistrate or court before whom such person was tried and the disposition of each case.
Monthly reports. The Chief of Police shall, on the first Monday in each month, make a written report to the Council, showing the number of arrests made by the police force during the preceding month, the name of each person arrested, the policeman making the arrest, the offense charged, the magistrate or court before whom tried, the disposition of the case, the amount of fine imposed, if any, and the amount of such fine collected.
Care of property. The Chief of Police shall have the care, custody and control of all books, records, equipment and other property belonging to the Police Department, and of all stolen goods seized and retained by police authority. Upon the expiration of his term of office or his resignation or removal therefrom, he shall, on demand, surrender to his successor in office all books, records, equipment and property in his possession belonging to the City, or appertaining to said office.
There is hereby created in the Police Department of the City of Mendota the position of Police Lieutenant. Said Lieutenant's position shall be filled by the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners of the City of Mendota on the basis of ascertained merit, seniority, service and examination. Such examinations for promotion shall be competitive among such members of the next rank as desire to submit themselves to examination. The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners are hereby authorized to conduct said examination for the office of Police Lieutenant pursuant to the provisions of 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-15 et seq.
There is hereby created in the Police Department of the City of Mendota the position of Police Sergeant. Said Sergeant's position shall be filled by the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners of the City of Mendota on the basis of ascertained merit, seniority, service and examination. Such examinations for promotion shall be competitive among such members of the next rank as desire to submit themselves to examination. The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners are hereby authorized to conduct said examination for the office of Police Sergeant pursuant to the provisions of 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-15 et seq.
Appointment; oath; bond. Whenever the Mayor shall deem it necessary to establish a temporary night watchman, or temporarily to increase the number of watchmen or policemen, he may appoint, in writing, under the corporate seal, a suitable number of reputable and discreet citizens of the City as temporary watchmen or policemen, whose powers, duties, and liabilities shall be the same as other watchmen and policemen, and who shall be under the same oath and shall be required to execute bond to the City in like manner. The Mayor shall report all such temporary appointments to the Council at its next regular meeting, and the Council may continue or discontinue the same in its discretion, and the person or persons so appointed shall receive such reasonable compensation as may be fixed by the Council.
Special police for corporations. The Mayor and Council may, on application being made to them, appoint any suitable person in the employ of any corporation, association or firm as a special policeman in and for the City; or they may, if they deem proper, appoint any person employed in any other branch of the City service to be such special policeman. Special policemen shall have all the qualifications required in the case of regular policemen; they shall take and subscribe the same oath, give like bond, exercise the same powers, and be subject to the rules and regulations of the Police Department, so far as the same are applicable to them; provided, however, that such special policemen shall receive no pay from the City for their service. The special policemen shall be provided with stars by the person, firm, association or corporation asking their appointment, on which shall be inscribed "Special Police."
There shall be a police pension fund established in the City of Mendota, as provided by Chapter 40, Act 5, Article 3, of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (40 ILCS 5/3-101 et seq.).
Any police officers initially employed by the City of Mendota on or after September 6, 1988, who receive police training at the City's expense shall reimburse the City for all of said training costs if said officers leave the City's employ within two years of completion of said training. This reimbursement shall apply to the initial police training paid for by the City for newly employed officers.
Every newly employed police officer shall be required to enter into an agreement with the City consenting to said terms of employment at the time of said officer's initial employment.
Said reimbursement shall be made within 60 days of termination of employment.
Any group, organization, private person or any other entity requesting the City of Mendota to provide contractual police services for special events or occasions, which will require police officers to be on duty for extended periods of time, shall pay to the City for the providing of police contractual services a rate established by the Chief of Police and Public Safety Committee.
An agreement for providing of police services shall be entered into between the City of Mendota and the group, organization, person, or other entity requesting said contractual services, and any compensation shall be paid directly to the City of Mendota.
[Added by Ord. No. 09-04-12]
Employment. The City of Mendota may employ part-time police officers from time to time as it deems necessary.
Duties. A part-time police officer shall have all the responsibilities of a full-time police officer and such specific duties as delineated in the general orders/policies/regulations of the Mendota Police Department, but the number of hours a part-time officer may work within a calendar year is restricted. Part-time police officers shall not be assigned to supervise or direct full-time police officers. Part-time police officers shall be trained in accordance with the Illinois Police Training Act (50 ILCS 705/1 et seq.) and the rules and requirements of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board (ILETSB).
Hiring standards. Any person employed as a part-time police officer must meet the following standards:
Be of good moral character, of temperate habits, of sound health, and physically and mentally able to perform assigned duties.
Be at least 21 years of age.
Pass a medical examination.
Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Possess a valid State of Illinois driver's license.
Possess no prior felony convictions.
Any individual who has served in the United States military must have been honorably discharged.
Discipline. Part-time officers shall be under the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Chief of Police. Part-time police officers serve at the discretion of the City of Mendota authorities and shall not have any property rights in said employment, and may be removed by the City of Mendota authorities at any time. Part-time police officers shall comply with all applicable rules and general orders/policies issued by the Mendota Police Department.