Chapter 2.12


2.12.010    Created – Membership.

2.12.020    Duties.

2.12.030    Membership – Application – Qualifications.

2.12.040    Chief of police.

2.12.050    Powers.

2.12.060    Compensation.

2.12.070    Liability.

2.12.010 Created – Membership.

There is created and established a reserve police force of up to five members. Each member shall be appointed by the chief of police of the city. The reserve police force shall function as a unit of the city and shall be under the supervision of the chief of police of the city. (Ord. 1378 § 2, 2011; Ord. 347 § 1, 1971).

2.12.020 Duties.

The duties of the reserve police force are to supplement the regular police force; to aid in the control of traffic and maintenance of order at parades and general policing of large assemblies of people; to assist the regular police in the protection of life, property and preservation of peace and order, and to perform such other duties as may from time to time be assigned to them by the chief of police of the city. (Ord. 1378 § 2, 2011; Ord. 347 § 2, 1971).

2.12.030 Membership – Application – Qualifications.

A. To be eligible for membership in the reserve police force each applicant must file application with the chief of police of the city and indicate his willingness to serve an average minimum of 16 hours per month in the public service.

B. A member of the reserve police force shall:

1. Be a citizen of the United States;

2. Be 21 years of age;

3. Be trustworthy and of good moral character;

4. Not have been convicted of a felony or any offense involving moral turpitude;

5. Furnish his/her own uniform.

C. The chief of police is authorized to furnish each member of the reserve police force with a membership identification card and police badge. The membership identification card is to be carried by such member at all times, and the police badge is to be worn only when the reserve member is authorized to wear the prescribed uniform.

D. Membership of any person in the reserve police force may be revoked with or without cause at any time by the chief of police. Any member of the reserve police force may resign upon written notification to the chief of police. Upon separation from the organization, all equipment issued to him by the city must be surrendered to the chief of police within five days. (Ord. 1378 § 2, 2011; Ord. 347 § 3, 1971).

2.12.040 Chief of police.

The chief of police is the commanding officer of the reserve police force. He shall be responsible for establishing a training program, promulgating rules and regulations for their conduct, prescribing their uniform, and supervising their performance of duty. He shall, at his option, select and appoint men to the civilian reserve police force and may appoint such subordinate officers as he deems suitable and necessary.

No member of the reserve police shall be regarded as a city employee for any purpose. (Ord. 1378 § 2, 2011; Ord. 347 § 4, 1971).

2.12.050 Powers.

Members of the reserve police force shall have all those powers vested in them by the chief of police while in the performance of officially authorized duties, but under no circumstances shall a reserve police officer exercise any power while not in the performance of duties ordered by the chief of police or by a regular police officer. (Ord. 1378 § 2, 2011; Ord. 347 § 5, 1971).

2.12.060 Compensation.

Members of the reserve police force shall serve without compensation, but the city council may, in its discretion, pay all or part of the cost of furnishing uniforms and equipment when the appropriation therefor has been indicated as an item in the city civil defense or police budget, as it may choose. (Ord. 1378 § 2, 2011; Ord. 347 § 6, 1971).

2.12.070 Liability.

The city may register all regular members of the reserve police force as civil defense workers so that, in the event of injury or death in the performance of duty, such reserve police officer will be eligible for compensation available for this purpose as established by the State Legislature and administered by the State Department of Civil Defense. (Ord. 1378 § 2, 2011; Ord. 347 § 7, 1971).