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2.32.030 – Powers and duties of Police Chief and department

  1. The chief of police shall perform the duties that the city council prescribed for the preservation of the public peace, the observance and enforcement of ordinances and laws, and prevention and detection of criminal activity.  The chief of police shall, subject to the policies and directions of the mayor, city council and city comptroller, have full authority and responsibility for the administration and management of the police department's annual budget.  The chief of police shall be responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, controlling and staffing all activities of the department or its continued and efficient operation, for the enforcement of the rules and regulations and city policy within the department, for the completion and forwarding of such reports as may be required by competent authority, and for the department's relations with the citizens of St. Charles, the city government and other official agencies.  (Ord. 1988-M-66 § 1)
  2. The Chief of Police and police officers of the City shall be conservators of the peace.  All persons specified and authorized by this chapter shall have power:
    1. To arrest or cause to be arrested, with or without process, all persons who break the peace, or who are found violating any municipal ordinance or any criminal law of the state;
    2. To commit arrested persons for examination;
    3. If necessary, to detain arrested persons in custody overnight or Sunday in a safe place, or until they can be brought before the proper court; and
    4. To exercise all other powers as conservators of the peace that the City authorities may prescribe.
  3. All warrants for the violation of municipal ordinances, or the state criminal law, to whomsoever directed, may be served and executed within the limits of the city by any police officer thereof.  For this purpose, police officers have all the common law and statutory power of sheriffs.
(2008-M-6: § 2; 1987-M-3: § 1; 1978-M-25: § 1 (part); Prior code: § 7.003)