Chapter 2.36


2.36.005    Department created.

2.36.010    Powers.

2.36.020    Appearance before judicial officer.

2.36.030    Duties.

2.36.040    Political activities.

2.36.050    Fees in addition to salary.

2.36.060    Threatening or provoking acts.

2.36.070    Recodified.

2.36.080    Recodified.

2.36.100    Chief of police – Appointment.

2.36.110    Chief of police – Duties.

*    Code reviser’s note: Ordinance 3169 repealed and reenacted this chapter. Prior to its repeal and reenactment, the chapter was based on the provisions of Ord. 215.

2.36.005 Department created.

There is hereby created the police department to manage the public safety functions of the city. (Ord. 3169 § 10 (Exh. H), 2017).

2.36.010 Powers.

All police officers of the city shall have power within the city to make arrests, without as well as with warrants, for any violation of or offenses against any ordinance of the city for which an arrest is authorized. (Ord. 3169 § 10 (Exh. H), 2017).

2.36.020 Appearance before judicial officer.

It shall be the duty of all persons making arrests in the city to bring the person or persons, as soon as practicable, before the judicial officer of the city and to make a proper complaint, so as to vest the court with jurisdiction to hear and determine the cause. (Ord. 3169 § 10 (Exh. H), 2017).

2.36.030 Duties.

It shall be the duty of all police officers of the city, whenever they have reasonable cause to suspect that any ordinance has been or is being violated by any person or persons, to investigate the matter without delay, and if the evidence renders it probable that some one or more persons are guilty of having violated one or more of the ordinances of the city which provide for punishment or arrest, it shall be the duty of the officer having such information to arrest, or cause the arrest of, such suspected person without delay, and bring him before the proper court for investigation and trial, and to make and enter proper complaint in such cases. (Ord. 3169 § 10 (Exh. H), 2017).

2.36.040 Political activities.

No police officer shall be or become an active partisan in politics, nor in any way meddle with the private concern of citizens outside the line of his duties as such officer. (Ord. 3169 § 10 (Exh. H), 2017).

2.36.050 Fees in addition to salary.

No police officer shall receive, directly or indirectly, any money or other paper or thing of value for services of any kind rendered by him, while a member of the police force of the city, except his regular monthly pay and such fees as are allowed by law, which fees he shall not retain, but turn in to the city treasury monthly. (Ord. 3169 § 10 (Exh. H), 2017).

2.36.060 Threatening or provoking acts.

No police officer shall make use of any threatening or provoking language, or be guilty of any threatening or provoking acts, toward any person or property within the city, beyond what may be required or proper in the exercise of his official duties. (Ord. 3169 § 10 (Exh. H), 2017).

2.36.070 Civil service system adopted – Police chief excluded.

Recodified at PTMC 2.68.020. (Ord. 3169 § 10 (Exh. H), 2017).

2.36.080 Civil service commission.

Recodified at PTMC 2.68.010. (Ord. 3169 § 10 (Exh. H), 2017).

2.36.100 Chief of police – Appointment.

Pursuant to RCW 35A.13.080, the chief of police shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the city manager. The compensation to be paid to the chief of police shall be fixed by the city council in the annual budget. (Ord. 3169 § 10 (Exh. H), 2017).

2.36.110 Chief of police – Duties.

The chief of police, under the direction of the city manager, shall serve as the chief law enforcement officer of the city. The chief of police and the chief’s designees shall possess investigative, arrest and incidental powers relating to the enforcement of municipal laws including criminal and traffic misdemeanors and civil infractions committed in the city. Additional duties performed include patrol, traffic and pedestrian safety, crime prevention, community relations and such other matters as necessary for the proper functioning of the police force. The chief of police has the authority to commission police officers for the city and may perform all acts necessary to preserve the peace and the order of the city under state and local law. The chief of police shall serve pursuant to the ordinances and regulations of the city, and all applicable state and federal statutes. (Ord. 3169 § 10 (Exh. H), 2017).