Chapter 2.56
POLICE DEPARTMENT*

Sections:

2.56.010    Department established.

2.56.020    Position of police chief established—Appointment, oath, bond.

2.56.030    Powers of police chief—Designation of acting chief.

2.56.040    Duties of department.

2.56.050    Adoption of departmental regulations.

2.56.060    Duties of police chief described.

2.56.070    Procedure for appointment of police officers.

2.56.080    Qualifications of police officers.

2.56.090    Application for appointment—Medical report.

2.56.100    Deposit of funds with treasurer-clerk—Certificate of chief.

2.56.110    Deposit of fees, rewards.

*    For statutory provisions authorizing cities of the second class to create, establish and regulate a city police, see RCW 35.23.440(31); for provisions on civil service for city police, see RCW Ch. 41.12; for provisions on the chief of police and police force of a city of the second class, see RCW 35.23.120 and 35.23.130.

2.56.010 Department established.

There is created and established the police department of the city of Shelton, which department shall function and operate under the civil service laws of the state of Washington, RCW Chapter 41.12. (Prior code § 2.52.010)

2.56.020 Position of police chief established—Appointment, oath, bond.

There is created and established the position of chief of police who shall be nominated by the mayor and approved by a majority of the city council and shall qualify for such office in accordance with the rules and regulations of the civil service commission of the city of Shelton. He shall take such oath of office as may be prescribed by the city council, and shall execute a bond to the city in the penal sum of one thousand dollars, conditioned upon his satisfactory performance of his duties. (Ord. 1921-0518 (part), 2018; prior code § 2.52.020)

2.56.030 Powers of police chief—Designation of acting chief.

The chief of police shall be the executive officer of the police department and shall have direct control and management of all members of the department in the exercise of their duties, subject to the provisions of law and of city ordinances, and subject to such other lawful orders as may be issued by the mayor or the city council. In the absence or disability of the chief of police, the mayor shall designate a police officer to be acting chief of police, and such acting chief shall perform the duties and exercise the power and authority of the chief but shall be entitled to no additional salary. (Ord. 1921-0518 (part), 2018; prior code § 2.52.030)

2.56.040 Duties of department.

The chief of police and each police officer shall perform such duties as may be required by law, ordinance or city regulations, and shall be responsible for the maintenance of order, the prevention of crime and the protection of life or property of the citizens of the city. Each member of the police department shall give such assistance as is necessary, or as may be directed by the mayor or the city council, to any other city department or city officer. (Ord. 1921-0518 (part), 2018; prior code § 2.52.040)

2.56.050 Adoption of departmental regulations.

The chief of police shall adopt, subject to the approval of the mayor and the civil service commission, rules and regulations for the government, discipline, equipment and uniforms of police officers, fixing their duties, and prescribing penalties for violation of any such rules and regulations and the creation and supervision of a police reserve. (Prior code § 2.52.050)

2.56.060 Duties of police chief described.

The chief of police shall have custody, care and control of the public property and equipment of the police department; he shall conduct periodic surveys of such property and arrange with the city engineer for the salvaging of discarded or damaged items and submit recommendations to the city council as to future needs. He shall keep an accurate and complete record of all complaints, arrests, violations and convictions, and the disposition of each case handled by the department. The chief shall also keep a record of the accomplishments and performance of each police officer. Following the end of each calendar month, the chief of police shall submit to the mayor a written report on all activities and transactions of the department during the month; he shall also submit an annual report which shall include recommendations as he shall deem advisable with respect to departmental organization, budget, personnel, property or equipment, or such other matters as he shall consider to promote the effective operation of the police department. (Ord. 1921-0518 (part), 2018; prior code § 2.52.060)

2.56.070 Procedure for appointment of police officers.

The appointment of the chief of police and each police officer shall be first recommended by the civil service commission from the eligible list of qualified persons for such position, which recommendation shall be acted on for approval and appointment by the city council. No appointment by the city council shall be valid unless first recommended by the civil service commission. (Ord. 1921-0518 (part), 2018; prior code § 2.52.070)

2.56.080 Qualifications of police officers.

Each candidate for the position of chief of police and of the police department shall have graduated from high school or its equivalent and meet other standards and requirements as established by the civil service commission. Any false statement on the application records and files or any conviction of a crime other than minor traffic offenses shall automatically bar the applicant, or, if discovered subsequent to appointment, shall automatically vacate his appointment. (Prior code § 2.52.080)

2.56.090 Application for appointment—Medical report.

Each applicant for a position as a police officer or the position of chief of police must file with the civil service commission and the city treasurer-clerk a written application and a report by a duly licensed physician or surgeon that within ten days prior to the filing of the application the applicant is of good health and free from any deformity or physical defects or disease. (Prior code § 2.52.090)

2.56.100 Deposit of funds with treasurer-clerk—Certificate of chief.

All funds arising out of the police department operations that may be collected by any member of the department shall be deposited with the city treasurer-clerk not later than Tuesday of each week to be accompanied with a statement showing in detail the source of such receipts. The chief of police shall affix thereto his certificate stating that the money so paid is all of the funds collected or received by the department since the preceding statement so filed. (Prior code § 2.52.100)

2.56.110 Deposit of fees, rewards.

All fees, rewards and other special remuneration received by the police department or any member thereof shall be deposited with the city treasurer-clerk and shall constitute a special fund which shall be expended for equipment or property for the police department by order of the chief of police. (Prior code § 2.52.110)