[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Waterloo 10-19-1987 by Ord. No. 87-6 as Ch. 4 of the 1987 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Police Department of the City shall consist of the Chief of Police and such subordinates as the Council may designate.
The salaries of the Chief of Police and subordinates shall be fixed by the Council and they shall not be entitled to other compensation from the City. All fees and deposits collected or received by the Department shall be deposited with the Clerk-Treasurer weekly.
Disciplinary action against the Chief of Police and subordinates shall be in compliance with § 19-4 of this Code.
The Chief of Police shall:
Possess the powers, enjoy the privileges and be subject to the liabilities conferred and imposed by law upon marshals and constables.
Obey all lawful written orders of the Mayor and the Council.
Cause the public peace to be preserved and see that all laws and ordinances of the City and state are enforced, and, whenever any violation thereof shall come to his knowledge, he shall cause the requisite complaint to be made and see that the evidence is procured for the successful prosecution of the offender.
Exercise supervisory control over all the personnel of the Department and may adopt, subject to the approval of the Council, rules and regulations for the government, discipline, equipment and uniforms of police officers.
Be solely responsible for the care and condition of the equipment used by the Department.
Keep an accurate and complete record of all complaints, arrests, traffic violations, convictions and dispositions of the Department and present a monthly report thereof to the Council at its first meeting of each month.
The Chief of Police may suspend, without pay, for a period not exceeding 30 days, any police officer for cause, subject to the right of the aggrieved person to appeal to the Police Committee.
General powers and duties. Each officer of the Department shall possess the powers conferred on marshals and constables by law, shall preserve the public peace and shall enforce the laws and ordinances of the state and City subject to the orders, rules and regulations of the Chief.
Power of arrest. The Chief of Police and any police officer shall arrest all persons in the City found in the act of violating any law or ordinance of the City or state or aiding or abetting in such violation, and they shall arrest without warrant all persons who they have reasonable grounds to believe have violated any law or ordinance and who will not be apprehended unless immediately arrested, shall take all arrested persons in charge and confine them, and shall, within a reasonable time, bring such persons before the court having jurisdiction thereof to be dealt with according to law.
Reporting dangerous conditions. The Chief of Police and any police officer shall report all street and sidewalk obstructions, unlighted streetlamps, unlawful street signs or signals and defective or dangerous streets and sidewalks to the Director of Public Works.
Assisting Fire Department. Whenever necessary, any police officer shall assist the Fire Department in maintaining order at the scene of a fire.
Permits and licenses. The police officers shall ensure that the necessary permits and licenses issued by the state or the City are in the possession of or are properly displayed by any person engaged in an activity or business within the City for which a permit or license is required and that the terms of such license or permit are complied with.
The Chief of Police shall prepare rules for the administration of the Police Department, which rules shall be in full force upon approval of the Council.
In accordance with § 66.0313, Wis. Stats., and policies established by the Council, the Chief of Police may respond to requests for police personnel from other governmental entities and may request said jurisdiction to provide police personnel to the City.
Authorization. The Chief of Police shall employ and release from employment adult persons to act as school crossing guards and alternates therefor.
General duties. School crossing guards shall:
Assist school children in the immediate vicinity of schools to cross intersections safely.
Influence and encourage school children to refrain from crossing public streets except at regular crossings.
Direct school children not to cross streets at such times when the presence of traffic renders such crossing unsafe.
Maintain an orderly movement of pedestrian and vehicular traffic consistent with the safety of the children attending school in the City.
Conditions of employment. All school crossing guards shall be employed subject to the following conditions:
They shall have no police powers and are specifically determined not to be police officers or policemen within the meaning of § 62.13, Wis. Stats.
They may have hours of employment as shall be determined by the Chief of Police; however, in no event shall any such person be hired for, or actually work, more than 595 hours in any one year. The Chief of Police shall also determine their specific duties insofar as the same are not inconsistent with the general rules provided by this section.
They shall receive such compensation as the Council shall, from time to time, direct.
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to assign school crossing guards to such localities as shall be best suited to afford protection to those persons attending school in the City.
While on duty, they shall wear insignia or uniforms which designate them as school crossing guards and shall use signs or signals to direct traffic to stop at school crossings. Said insignia or uniforms and signs or signals shall be furnished by the Police Department for use while on duty and returned to the Police Department upon termination of employment.