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(A) Under the laws of the State of Indiana, the Town Council of Bainbridge appoints the Town Marshal pursuant to I.C. 36-5-7-2, and thereafter the Town Marshal shall serve at the pleasure of the Town Council except that the town legislative body, prior to terminating or suspending the Town Marshal who has been employed by the town for more than 6 months after completing the minimum basic training requirements adopted by the Law Enforcement Training Board under I.C. 5-2-1-9, must conduct the disciplinary removal and appeals procedure prescribed by law. Such procedures required by law are contained in this subchapter.
(B) The Town Marshal is the chief police officer of the Town of Bainbridge and has the powers of other law enforcement officers in executing the orders of the Town Council and enforcing laws. The Marshal has exclusive control of the Police Department, subject to the provisions of this manual and such other future orders and directives, as may be permitted, of the Town Council.
(C) The Marshal has the following specifically described powers and duties pursuant to state law:
(1) He or she shall serve all process directed to him or her by the Town Council or legislative body;
(2) He or she shall arrest without process all persons who commit an offense within his or her view, take them before a court having jurisdiction, and detain them in custody until the cause of arrest has been investigated;
(3) He or she shall suppress breaches of peace;
(4) He or she may, when necessary, call the power of the Town Council to his or her aid;
(5) He or she may, when necessary, execute search warrants and arrest warrants; and
(6) He or she may pursue and jail persons who commit an offense.
(D) The Marshal as the chief law enforcement officer of the town shall supervise and be responsible for the operation of the Police Department and shall report the condition of the Department to the Town Council at its regular meetings. In addition, he or she shall supervise the work of all police officers to ensure conformance with the policies and procedures of this manual and shall report any deficiencies in the performance of those duties to the Town Council. Pursuant to Indiana law, the Marshal may dismiss a police officer at any time; however, a police officer who has been employed by the town for more than 6 months after completing the minimum basic training requirements adopted by the Law Enforcement Training Board may be dismissed only as provided for in this manual/subchapter.
(1996 Code, § 2-56) (Ord. 1991-2, § 21, passed 7-18-1991)