[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of El Paso as Ch. 2.32 of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is created a Police Department, an executive department of the City. The Police Department consists of the Chief of Police and such number of other police officers as may be provided from time to time by the City Council.
There is created the Office of Chief of Police. He shall be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council; and he shall be ex officio City Marshal and Superintendent of Police.
Bond. Before entering upon his duties, the Chief of Police shall file with the City Clerk a bond in a sum to be approved by the Council, conditioned to indemnify the Council for any loss or liability due to or occasioned by any act or failure to act on the part of the Chief.
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
Duties. The Chief of Police shall keep such records and make such reports concerning the activities of his Department as may be required by statute or by the City Council. The Chief shall be responsible for the performance by the Police Department of all its functions, and all persons who are members of the Police Department shall serve subject to the orders of the Chief of Police.
[Amended 1978 by Ord. No. 507]
It shall be the duty of the members of the Police Department to see to the enforcement of all the ordinances of the City and all statutes applicable thereto; and to preserve order and prevent infractions of the law and arrest violators thereof.
No member of the Police Department except the Chief shall serve any process except on command of the Chief of Police.
It shall be the duty of every member of the Police Department to conduct himself in a proper and law-abiding manner at all times and to avoid the use of unnecessary force. Each member of the Department shall obey the orders and directions of his superior.
Any member of the Police Department shall appear as witness whenever this is necessary in a prosecution for a violation of an ordinance or of any state or federal law. No such member shall retain any witness fee for service as witness in any action or suit to which the City is a party; and fees paid for such services shall be turned over to the Chief of Police, who shall deposit the same with the City Treasurer.
The Chief of Police shall be the custodian of all lost and abandoned or stolen property in the City.
[Added 1997 by Ord. No. 715]
The following standards for hiring part-time police officers are established:
Part-time police officers shall be members of the regular Police Department of the City, except for pension, deferred compensation and other benefit purposes.
Part-time police officers shall be United States citizens and shall be a minimum of 21 years of age.
Part-time police officers must possess a valid high school diploma or GED equivalent. Preference may be given to individuals with added college or professional training. Additional secondary credits in criminal justice and/or law enforcement experience shall also be preferred.
Part-time police officers must successfully complete a certified Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board forty-hour mandatory firearms certification course prior to carrying a firearm.
Part-time police officers must possess a valid Illinois driver's license without restrictions relating to the ability to drive during any portion of a twenty-four-hour day.
Part-time police officers shall also comply with any requirements set forth in the rules and regulations and personnel policies of the El Paso Police Department, as amended, and with all applicable ordinances and regulations of the City pertaining to probationary periods for police officers.
Part-time police officers must be capable of completing the State of Illinois training and physical requirements.
Part-time police officers shall successfully complete any training mandated by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
Part-time police officers shall be restricted in the number of hours they may work within a calendar year. The number of hours shall be determined by the El Paso Police Department, with the understanding that the number of hours shall not exceed the number of hours permitted by any applicable law.
[Added 2-18-2013 by Ord. No. 942]