[R.O. 2004 § 200.010; Ord. No. 1.216 §§ 1 — 2, 4-22-2003]
There is hereby created the office of Chief of Police of the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri. The Chief of Police of Mount Vernon, Missouri, shall take office immediately upon appointment by the Mayor of the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri.
[R.O. 2004 § 200.015; Ord. No. 9.25 §§ 1 — 4, 8-9-1994]
The use of excessive force by Law Enforcement Agencies within the City limits of Mount Vernon, Missouri, against any individual engaged in non-violent civil rights demonstrations is hereby prohibited. No Law Enforcement Agent or person shall physically bar the entrance to or exit from such a facility or location which is the subject of such non-violent civil rights demonstration.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Section shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation and, upon conviction, shall be fined a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each violation. Each day in which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense and separate violation.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Section shall become liable to the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri, for expense, loss or damage caused to the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri, by reason of such violation.
The City of Mount Vernon, Missouri, will enforce or assist in the enforcement of all applicable State laws regarding the subject matter of this Section. The City Attorney, instead of filing a complaint in the Municipal Court of said City, may, as an alternative remedy, file suit for legal damages or injunctive relief in the appropriate Circuit Court of the State of Missouri.
[R.O. 2004 § 200.020; Ord. No. 1.129 §§ 1 — 5, 5-13-1986]
Any Police Officer of the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri, who completed the basic Police training program as established by Chapter 590, RSMo., shall have the authority to respond to an emergency situation outside the boundaries of the City.
No Police Officer shall be required by reasons of this Chapter to leave the jurisdiction to respond to an emergency situation, but said Police Officer shall use his/her said discretion and judgment as to leaving the City to respond to any emergency situation. It shall be the policy of the City that said Police Officers shall not leave the City inhabitants with inadequate Police protection or be absent for extended periods of time, but that the response shall be in aid of and to assist the authorities of the County or the municipality in which the emergency situation is located. No Police Officer of the City shall be authorized to make an arrest by reason of this authorization to respond nor shall he/she be authorized to use his/her weapon except to protect himself/herself or to effectuate an arrest for a serious felony endangering the lives or threatening serious property damage to one (1) or more persons in the area.
The authority contained herein shall permit the response by one (1) or more City Police Officers in an area surrounding this municipality or an area of five (5) miles. The Chief of the Police Department may in his/her discretion authorize additional response beyond this area.
Every response to an emergency situation outside of the City shall be reported by the Chief of Police to the Mayor with an explanation for the reason for the response.
As used in this Section, "emergency situation" means any situation in which the Law Enforcement 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 such officer's response is reasonably necessary to prevent or end such emergency situation or mitigate the likelihood of injury involved in such emergency situation. The determination of the existence of any emergency situation shall be in the discretion of the officer making the response or in the discretion of an officer or governmental officer of the political subdivision in which the emergency situation is alleged to be occurring.
As used in this Section, "response" shall mean to take any and all action which the officer may lawfully take as if exercising his/her powers within his/her own jurisdiction.