[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Rosendale 2-19-1975. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Police Department shall be known as the Town of Rosendale Police Department.
The members of the Town of Rosendale Police Department, as hereinafter provided, shall have the full powers of policemen, as provided in general laws of the State of New York.
There shall be a Chief of Police who shall be chief of the operational activities of the Town Police Department. He shall be appointed annually on January 1 of each year or at the first meeting thereafter of the Board of Police Commissioners, as hereinafter described, a majority thereof, only, being necessary for said appointment. His term shall continue until he is reappointed or succeeded. He shall have an annual salary as provided by the Town Board. He shall be responsible for the planning and implementation of all law enforcement responsibility conferred upon the members of the Department by law. He shall maintain the records of the operations of the Police Department and shall report at least semiannually to the Board of Police Commissioners. He shall be the chief financial officer of the Police Department, and all expenditures made by said Department shall have his written approval upon a voucher stating the nature of the expense to be undertaken. He shall prepare an annual budget, to be submitted to the Police Commissioners in the month of September of each year and, upon approval of the budget, shall be responsible for the operation of the Police Department within the limits of that budget. If extraordinary or unanticipated circumstances require supplemental funds, he shall advise the Board of Police Commissioners of the same and shall appear before said Commissioners. He shall be the custodian of all property belonging to the Police Department and shall take all necessary steps to maintain and preserve the same.
There shall be the office of patrolman, which patrolman shall have the full power of a policeman. Said patrolman shall be subject to the direction of the Chief of Police. Said patrolman shall be appointed by the Police Commissioners, in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Law, Town Law and other appropriate provisions of law as required. Said patrolman shall be paid on an hourly basis as determined and approved by the Town Board.
Upon taking office, the Police Chief and all patrolmen shall be given and sign the oath of office to be filed with the Town Clerk.
Members of the police force, except the Board of Police Commissioners, shall act as police officers of the Town of Rosendale whenever they are acting officially within the territorial limits of such municipality. They shall enforce all federal, state and local laws and will be responsible for the control of traffic within the municipality.
The Town will fund the Police Department on an annual budget basis beginning in January of each year. To effectuate this, the Police Chief and the Board of Police Commissioners must recommend, and the Town Board must approve, the proposed police budget in the time included in the next year's Town budget. The Town shall from time to time pay salaries and other fixed expenses. Other expenses shall be paid by the Town only after the voucher is approved by the Police Chief and the Board of Police Commissioners.
All equipment purchased by the Police Department will be the property of the Rosendale Police Department and the Town of Rosendale. The Police Chief and members of the force shall have custody of vehicles and equipment and shall be responsible to maintain the same and keep an accurate inventory thereof. Such inventory shall be available upon request of the Board of Police Commissioners or the Town Board.
The Board of Police Commissioners and Police Chief shall obtain a bond as trustees of the police property.
The Town Board of the Town of Rosendale does hereby establish a Board of Police Commissioners for the Town of Rosendale, which Board shall number three Commissioners and which Board shall include the Supervisor of the Town of Rosendale and two others who shall be appointed by the Town Board of the Town of Rosendale, upon the recommendation of the Supervisor of the Town of Rosendale. Said Commissioners, throughout the term of their office, shall be owners of record of real property and electors of the Town of Rosendale and shall serve without compensation and at the pleasure of the Town Board. Such Board of Police Commissioners shall have and exercise all the powers relative to police matters conferred upon the Town Board pursuant to Article 10 of the Town Law. Said Commissioners may not simultaneously hold an elected position, except that of Supervisor, or appointed position within the Town of Rosendale, as a Town Official; and further may not be a current employee of the Town of Rosendale; and may not be affiliated, in any manner whatsoever, directly or indirectly, with any federal, state or local police commission or department.