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(A) The Chief of Police, subject to the approval of the Board of Commissioners and under the direction of the City Manager, shall be the chief executive officer of the Police Department. He shall devote his entire time and attention to the discharge of the duties of his office.
(B) Powers and duties. The Chief of Police shall:
(1) Have cognizance and control of the government, administration, disposition, and discipline of the Police Department, subject to the approval of the Board of Commissioners and under the direction of the City Manager.
(2) Execute promptly all orders of the City Manager, promulgating such orders to the Police Department as may be required for proper enforcement.
(3) Have the power to promulgate any orders to the Police Department as he may deem proper.
(4) Be accorded implicit obedience by all subordinates in all matters pertaining to police business.
(5) See that all federal and state laws and the charter and ordinances of the city are enforced insofar as possible and that all offenders are reported to the proper tribunals.
(6) Have the power to assign or transfer any member of the Police Department where such transfer or assignment is for the benefit of the Police Department and is in conformity with the law.
(7) Whenever good cause may appear, prefer charges against any member of the Police Department who he believes has been guilty of misconduct, and suspend him pending hearing before the Board of Commissioners. The Police Chief shall promptly investigate or cause to be investigated, all complaints made by citizens or others against any member of the force and submit a written report thereon to the Board of Commissioners, with a copy of the officer's personnel file.
(8) See that all members of the Police Department are constantly alert and attentive to their duties, that every officer treats the public with utmost consideration and courtesy, and that all officers enforce the law with justice and equality.
(9) See that officers and patrol officers subordinate to him are intelligent and active in the performance of their duty.
(10) At all times inform himself of the affairs of the Police Department and be assured that the duties of his subordinates are properly discharged.
(11) On receipt of reports from subordinate officers, or citizens, of any violation of laws or ordinances, rules and regulations, or orders governing the Police Department, promptly investigate, or cause to be investigated, such reports and follow them up with proper action.
(12) Immediately upon the receipt of reports of any negligence, violations of law, or any other matter which comes within the jurisdiction of any other city department, make a report thereof to the proper official in charge of that department.
(13) Exercise a general supervision and inspection of all public places within the city and cause the laws and ordinances concerning them to be properly observed and obeyed.
(14) Report in person, or detail adequate police under competent command, to all fires, riots, and tumultuous assemblages, for the protection of life and property and cause strict observance of the law.
(15) Monthly or when requested, submit a report on the several branches of the Police Department to the City Manager in such form and detail as may be prescribed by him. He shall submit an annual report to the City Manager of the workings of the entire Police Department under his control.
(16) Do everything within his power to work out cooperative arrangements with the courts, prosecuting officers, and all other law enforcement agents for a more effective and speedy administration of criminal justice.
(17) See that the prescribed books and records are kept in accordance with orders, rules, and regulations and that all reports are made promptly and in conformity with requirements.
(C) All letters or correspondence to or from any member of the Police Department relative to police business, that require an official answer or the giving of official information, shall be referred to the Chief of Police. All letters and telegrams addressed to the Chief of Police or the Police Department, shall be referred to the Chief of Police, and not handled by anyone except on order of the Chief.
(Ord. 320.2B, passed 11-6-81)