Town of West Hartford, CT
Hartford County
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Under the administrative direction of the Town Manager, the Chief of Police shall be responsible for the preservation of the public peace, prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals, regulation of traffic, protection of rights of persons and property and enforcement of the laws of the state and the ordinances of the Town and all rules and regulations made in accordance therewith. The Chief of Police shall have supervision over such number and classes of employees as the Council may designate from time to time. Police officers shall have the same powers and duties with respect to the service of criminal process and enforcement of criminal laws as are vested in police officers by the Connecticut General Statutes and all powers and duties imposed by law on constables, except as otherwise provided by the Town Manager.
B. 
The Chief of Police, or designee, shall serve as Dog Warden and shall be vested with all the powers and duties as are or as may be vested in Dog Wardens by the Connecticut General Statutes or by ordinance.
The Town Manager is authorized to establish rules and regulations concerning access to and examination of records in the files of the Police Department concerning investigation of accidents in the Town and to establish fees for furnishing plain and certified copies of said records in accordance with a schedule of fees to be approved by the Town Council by resolution, which schedule may be amended from time to time by resolution of the Council.
Whenever the services of any member or members of the Police Department may be required by persons other than the Town, the Director of the Department may, if in the Director's judgment the interests of the Town will not suffer thereby, assign such member or members of the Department as the Director shall judge expedient and shall charge such persons for the services so rendered such sums as may be established by a rate to be fixed by the Director but not less than $2.50 per hour for each member so employed, plus necessary expenses.
A record shall be maintained of all services performed in accordance with § 12-10.
No member of the Police Department shall perform any services as described in § 12-10, except by order of the Director. Any member who shall demand, accept or receive, directly or indirectly, any money, presents or valuable articles for services so rendered, or to be rendered, except the legal charges as fixed by the Director, or who shall neglect for more than 24 hours after the performance of such services to report the same, in writing, to the Director, together with his or her legal charges and expenses, or who shall neglect for more than 24 hours after receiving such payments to pay over the full amount so received to the Director, shall be dismissed from the Department.