Chapter 8


4-8.01    Definitions.

4-8.02    Creation of reserve.

4-8.03    Qualifications for membership.

4-8.04    Duties of members: Obstruction prohibited.

4-8.05    Duties in emergencies.

4-8.06    Powers of members.

4-8.07    Benefits for members.

4-8.08    Uniforms.

4-8.09    False use of equipment.

4-8.10    Compensation of members.

4-8.11    Dismissal of members.

4-8.12    Uniforms and badges.

4-8.13    Minimum hours of service.

4-8.14    Status of members.

4-8.15    Administration of reserve.

4-8.16    Use of firearms.

4-8.01 Definitions.

Whenever in this chapter the following terms are used, they shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section, unless otherwise apparent from the context:

(a)    “City Manager” shall mean the City Manager of the City.

(b)    “Chief” shall mean the Chief of Police.

(c)    “Reserve” shall mean the Watsonville Police Reserve.

(d)    “Member” shall mean a member of the Watsonville Police Reserve.

(e)    “City” shall mean the City of Watsonville.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.02 Creation of reserve.

The Watsonville Police Reserve is hereby created. The reserve shall consist of such number of persons as the City Manager shall determine may be necessary, not to exceed the number of persons regularly employed in the Police Department of the City.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.03 Qualifications for membership.

The Chief of Police shall, by rule, prescribe the qualifications and standards by which applicants for membership in the reserve shall be governed, and persons possessing such qualifications and conforming to such standards may be appointed to the reserve by the City Manager. Such standards shall be approved by the City Manager.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.04 Duties of members: Obstruction prohibited.

Members shall, subject to approval by the City Manager, perform only such public services as may be specifically ordered by the Chief of Police. It shall be unlawful for any person to wilfully resist, delay, or obstruct any member in the discharge, or the attempt to discharge, the duties of his office.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.05 Duties in emergencies.

The reserve shall perform all duties assigned to it in the event of war, riot, insurrection, or any other general common peril or disaster.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.06 Powers of members.

While on duty in the enforcement of the penal laws of the State or laws of the City, and in the performance of such other duties as may be designated by the Chief or this chapter, every duly authorized member of the reserve shall be deemed to be an employee of the City and to have all the powers of a peace officer, and such members shall possess the rating of a first year patrolman.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.07 Benefits for members.

Members suffering injury arising out of and in the course of duties assigned to them by the Chief shall be entitled to such medical care, hospitalization, and other benefits as the City may, by resolution, provide, and to such benefits as such members shall be entitled under the Workmen’s Compensation Law of the State.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.08 Uniforms.

The uniform, badge, and equipment to be worn and carried by the members shall be prescribed by the Chief with the approval of the City Manager.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.09 False use of equipment.

It shall be unlawful for any person to falsely impersonate or represent himself to be a member of the reserve or to wear, use, or possess a badge, other insignia, or uniform of the color, type, or design used by the reserve when such person is in fact not such a member.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.10 Compensation of members.

Members shall receive compensation from the City for any service rendered in such amounts as may be prescribed by the City Manager, but in no event shall such compensation exceed the amount which would be paid to a first year patrolman of the Watsonville Police Department for similar service.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.11 Dismissal of members.

The City Manager, upon recommendation of the Chief, may for good cause dismiss a member from the reserve without any hearing whatsoever.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.12 Uniforms and badges.

Uniforms and other equipment shall be purchased by the member at his own expense, except that badges will be furnished by the City. Upon the separation of any person from the reserve, the badge issued him shall be returned to the Chief. Such badges shall at all times be the property of the City.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.13 Minimum hours of service.

To be eligible to membership in the reserve, each applicant shall serve an average minimum of eight (8) hours each month in the public service. Where any member has failed to give such minimum hours of service for a period of two (2) months without good reason, the Chief may recommend to the City Manager the dismissal of the member from the reserve. Upon concurrence of the City Manager with that recommendation, the member shall be dismissed.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.14 Status of members.

All persons appointed by the City Manager, pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, shall be deemed to be public officers.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.15 Administration of reserve.

The Chief shall appoint administrative officers from the officers of the regular Police Department and prepare and enforce such orders, rules, and regulations as may be necessary hereunder, subject to the approval of the City Manager.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)

4-8.16 Use of firearms.

No member of the Police Reserve shall, while on duty, carry or use any firearm except upon the completion of a course of instruction in the use of the same and having thereafter obtained a certificate signed by the Chief and countersigned by the officer in charge of training such auxiliary policemen; and in no event shall an auxiliary policeman carry any firearm because of the fact of his membership in the reserve when he is not on duty as such member unless he obtains a permit for the same as prescribed by law.

(§ 1, Ord. 116 C-M, eff. April 21, 1966)