City of New Melle, MO
St. Charles County
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[Ord. No. 66 §1, 9-12-1994]
A. 
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.
B. 
The Chief of Police shall be appointed by the Board of Aldermen by resolution and shall at all times have power to make or order all arrests, with proper process, for any offenses against the laws of the State or of the City and shall have power to arrest without process in all cases where any such offense shall be committed or attempt to be committed in his/her presence according to the laws of the State of Missouri and the ordinances of the City.
[Ord. No. 66 §2, 9-12-1994]
The primary objectives of the Police Department are the preservation of the public peace and order, the prevention and detection of crime, and the protection of persons and property. Its members must uphold the Constitution of the United States, enforce the laws of the State of Missouri and the ordinances of the City of New Melle. Law enforcement personnel should remember in the execution of their duties, that they act not for themselves but for the public. Their appointment is in no sense their own advantage; the entire law regulating Police functions hinges upon this principle. They must bear in mind that they represent the dignity and authority of the sovereign State of Missouri and are the representatives of the law to whose lawful commands all must submit. Such submission shall be compelled when essential, using no unnecessary force, nor hesitating to use necessary force when circumstances require.
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. They may exercise such powers in areas leased or owned by the municipality outside of the boundaries of such municipality. The Policemen shall be conservators of the peace and shall be active and vigilant in the preservation of good order within the City.
The Board of Aldermen of the City may by ordinance enter into a contract or agreement with any other political subdivision for the provision of Police services by one political subdivision to another on request as provided for in Section 70.815, RSMo. The terms "Chief of Police", "Police", "Police Officer" and "Police Department", as used herein, shall refer to Law Enforcement Officers of the contracting entity.
Persons licensed and commissioned as Law Enforcement Officers within the City before July 1, 2002, may retain licensure with one hundred twenty (120) hours of basic training.
[Ord. No. 66 §3, 9-12-1994]
A. 
The chain of command from the Mayor and to the Board of Aldermen, to the officer shall be preserved in order to maintain principles of good management.
1. 
The general management and control of the Police Department is vested in the Board of Aldermen who shall be responsible for the administrative efficiency, discipline and general good conduct of said department.
2. 
The Board of Aldermen, in the exercise of their duties, shall have the authority to prescribe, promulgate and enforce rules and regulations for the administration of the department which shall not be inconsistent with the laws of this State or ordinances of this City.
[Ord. No. 66 §4, 9-12-1994; Ord. No. 295 §1, 10-1-2009]
A. 
The Board desires to establish a separate list of policies for the operation of the department.
1. 
The primary function of the road officer is to observe the City and to utilize the resources of the State, County and local agencies.
2. 
There is no justification for hot pursuit beyond the venue of the City of New Melle corporate limits, and the Board does not grant authority or ratify any such action.
3. 
There shall be no riders in the patrol vehicles, except another duly commissioned patrolman or those persons participating in the ride-along program for necessary training or educational purposes, which shall be in the sole discretion of the Police Chief. All such participants shall meet all requirements of the Police Chief's General Order pertaining to the program and shall abide by all rules and regulations applicable to the rider in the patrol vehicle. In addition, prior to participation, all prospective riders shall undergo a successful background check conducted by the Police Department and shall execute a proper release, acknowledgement and authorization form.
4. 
No officer shall engage in any political activity within the corporate limits.
[Ord. No. 66 §7, 9-12-1994]
No officer in uniform shall drink any alcoholic beverage, nor shall any officer appear for duty or be under the influence of liquor or drugs or report for duty with the odor of alcohol upon their breath.
[Ord. No. 66 §8, 9-12-1994]
The regulation firearm of the department shall be a weapon approved by the Chief of Police. An officer firing a gun accidentally or intentionally while on duty shall report the same to his/her commanding officer.
[Ord. No. 66 §9, 9-12-1994]
A. 
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen shall be contacted in the following incidents:
1. 
When any member of the department is involved in any type of shooting.
2. 
Any spectacular incident.
3. 
All homicides.
4. 
All accidents involving an officer.
[Ord. No. 66 §10, 9-12-1994]
A. 
The following charges brought and proven against an officer may be grounds for suspension, demotion or dismissal, including wanton neglect of duty:
1. 
Cowardice or dishonesty.
2. 
Inattention to duty.
3. 
General incompetency.
4. 
Shirking responsibility.
5. 
Sleeping while on duty.
6. 
Make a false official report.
7. 
Being under the influence of liquor, drinking while on duty, or while in uniform.
8. 
Reporting for duty with the smell of liquor on breath.
9. 
Carelessness in attending to duty.
10. 
Absence from duty without leave.
11. 
Conduct unbecoming an officer.
12. 
Any misconduct to the injury of the department.
13. 
Faking sickness.
14. 
Neglecting to wear the proper uniform on duty.
15. 
Lack of dignity and bearing becoming an officer.
16. 
Receiving bribes in money or other valuables.
17. 
Contracting debts under false or fraudulent pretenses.
18. 
Careless or unlawful use of firearms.
19. 
Not properly patrolling or guarding a sector.
20. 
Insubordination or disrespect toward a superior officer.
21. 
Disorderly conduct detrimental to public peace and welfare.
22. 
Corrupt or willful malfeasance or misfeasance in the service.
23. 
Mental or physical incapacity or inefficiency in the service.
24. 
Displaying unnecessary violence to a prisoner or other persons.
25. 
Neglect to assist a fellow officer in making a legal arrest.
26. 
Any collusion between members of the department to ridicule, berate or engage in any tactics to destroy the morale in the department or to create discord in their ranks.
27. 
Failure to secure Police information when the opportunity is presented.
28. 
Failure to report known violations of the law or City ordinances.
29. 
Making a false report or statement or any misrepresentation to a superior officer.
30. 
Conducting a secret or unauthorized investigation or withholding from a superior officer any information or material of importance which a superior officer should be informed.
31. 
Gambling or entering a place where non-legalized gambling is allowed except while in the immediate discharge of duty.
32. 
Being unable to the satisfaction of a superior officer to use reasonably good judgment and intelligence in the performance of duty.
33. 
Criticizing the official action or orders of a superior officer.
34. 
Writing anonymous or unauthorized letters, telegrams or notes detrimental to the service.
35. 
Violation of any rules or regulations set forth.
36. 
Giving unauthorized news releases.