The Police Department shall consist of a Chief of Police, captains and such number of police officers as the Board of Selectmen shall deem necessary.
The Chief of Police shall be the head of the Police Department, subject to the general supervision and control of the Board of Selectmen. He shall have control of the Department, its officers and members and constables and special police officers when in the service of the Department. He shall be responsible for the discipline and efficiency of his Department and shall enforce the rules and regulations thereof.
The Chief of Police shall keep an account of all duties performed and of all absences from duty, with the causes thereof. He shall take notice of all nuisances, defects and obstructions in the streets and other public places in the Town and shall take over all proper measures relative thereto. He shall devote his whole time to the duties of his office and shall have his office at the police station.
There shall be an officer assigned to duty at the police station during all 24 hours of the day.
The Chief of Police shall have the care of the police station and of all property of the Town used by the Department and shall keep a full and complete record of the Police Department's business. He shall make reports at such time as may be required by the Board of Selectmen regarding the doings of his Department. He shall annually make a written report to the Board of Selectmen, to be printed in the Annual Town Report, of the organization and condition of the Police Department, with a resume of the business and expenses of the Department for the preceding year, together with such recommendations as he may think advisable for the future conduct of the Department.
The Chief of Police shall have the power to relieve temporarily from duty any of his subordinates for neglect or nonperformance of duty, for any act contrary to good order and discipline or for the violation of any of the rules and regulations of the Police Department. In such case he shall, within 48 hours, furnish the Board of Selectmen, in writing, a statement of his reasons for relieving such subordinates from duty.
The Board of Selectmen, at its pleasure or upon written request, may appoint citizens of the Town of good moral character and habits and 21 years of age or over as special police officers for specific duties. Appointments shall be for a period of one year, unless terminated sooner by resignation or revocation by the Board of Selectmen on recommendation of the Chief of Police. All special police officers shall be subject to the authority of the Chief of Police and shall not carry firearms except by his express authorization. Badges and instructions as to their duties shall be furnished by the Police Department.
The Chief of Police and each regular member of the Police Department shall devote his entire time to the business of the Police Department. Any other activities must have the approval of the Chief of Police.
It shall be the duty of each police officer patrolling a regular beat to report immediately all accidents happening on the public way involving injury to persons or property for which the Town may be liable, and he shall make a careful investigation, securing the names and addresses of all persons involved and witnesses thereto. He shall incorporate the same in his report to the Chief of Police, who in turn shall make a full written report immediately thereof to the Board of Selectmen.