CHAPTER 8
POLICE DEPARTMENT

SECTION:

3-8-1:    Establishment Of Department

3-8-2:    Appointment Of Police Chief

3-8-3:    Duties Of Police Chief

3-8-4:    Qualifications Of Police Chief

3-8-5:    Divisions

3-8-1 ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT:

There is hereby established the Renton Police Department. (Ord. 5079, 6‑7‑2004)

3-8-2 APPOINTMENT OF POLICE CHIEF:

The Police Chief shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by a majority of the City Council. The Police Chief shall be excluded from the classified civil service system as permitted by RCW 41.12.050(2). (Ord. 5079, 6‑7‑2004; Ord. 5198, 3-20-2006)

3-8-3 DUTIES OF POLICE CHIEF:

The Chief of the Police administers the Renton Police Department and has the authority to make rules and issue orders for the proper functioning of the department, consistent with law, Council policy and the rules of the Civil Service Commission. (Ord. 5079, 6‑7‑2004)

3-8-4 QUALIFICATIONS OF POLICE CHIEF:

The Police Chief must possess those qualifications deemed necessary for this job by the Mayor and his/her designee, indicated on the City’s job description. (Ord. 5079, 6‑7‑2004)

3-8-5 DIVISIONS:

A.    Patrol Operations Division: The Patrol Operations Division shall be responsible for preventing criminal conduct; enforcing laws and ordinances; investigating criminal offenses; detecting and preserving evidence and property; and apprehending offenders.

B.    Patrol Services Division: The Patrol Services Division shall be responsible for providing traffic enforcement; investigating major motor vehicle accidents; providing parking enforcement; resolving animal complaints; and planning and organizing special events.

C.    Investigation Division: The Investigation Division shall be responsible for conducting criminal investigations; collecting and disseminating intelligence; recovering stolen property; arresting offenders; and processing, storing, and releasing evidence and property.

D.    Administrative Services Division: The Administrative Services Division shall be responsible for providing department personnel services, crime prevention, and community relations programs; fulfilling personnel and department equipment needs; administering a volunteer staff; conducting planning and research; and maintaining professional standards; and providing a cost effective and safe electronic home detention program.

E.    Special Operations Division: The Special Operations Division shall be responsible for conducting undercover operations; narcotics investigations; resolving critical incidents; and uniform emphasis patrols.

F.    Staff Services Division: The Staff Services Division shall be responsible for recording and disseminating information to department members and other agencies; organizing and storing information; and providing security for City Hall. (Ord. 5628, 9-26-2011; Ord. 5079, 6‑7‑2004)