Chapter 200 – Police Department

Chapter 200


Section 200.010. Chief of Police — Appointment — Qualifications. [Ord. No. 132A, 1-27-1973]

A. The Mayor with the approval of a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen shall appoint a Chief of Police who shall perform all duties required of the Marshal by law and any other Police Officers found by the Board of Aldermen to be necessary for the good government of the City. The Chief of Police shall be twenty-one (21) years of age or older.

B. Ordinance No. 132A declared results of a regular election held April 16, 1971, for a proposition to no longer elect the City Marshal but shall be appointed by the Mayor with approval of the majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen. Proposition was passed by a vote of 100 — 87 in favor of said proposition.

Section 200.020. Size of Police Force — Powers.

The Police of the City may be appointed in such numbers, for such times and in such manner as may be prescribed by ordinance. They shall have power to serve and execute all warrants, subpoenas, writs or other process and to make arrests in the same manner as the Marshal. They may exercise such powers in areas leased or owned by the municipality outside of the boundaries of such municipality. The Marshal and Policemen shall be conservators of the peace and shall be active and vigilant in the preservation of good order within the City.

Section 200.030. City May Enter Into Agreement.

The Board of Aldermen of the City may by ordinance enter into a contract or agreement with any other political subdivision for the provision of Police services by one political subdivision to another on request as provided for in Section 70.815, RSMo. The terms “Chief of Police”, “Police”, “Police Officer” and “Police Department”, as used herein, shall refer to Law Enforcement Officers of the contracting entity.

Section 200.040. Peace Officers — Reserve Police Officers — Training Requirements. [Ord. No. 1991-262 §§1 — 4, 7-16-1991]

A. No person shall be appointed as a Peace Officer of the City of Goodman, Missouri, unless such person has been certified by the Director of the Department of Public Safety as that term is defined under Chapter 590.100 through 590.180, RSMo., unless such person is appointed on a probationary status and within a one (1) year period of time after his/her initial appointment takes all necessary steps to receive

certification by the Director. Any person appointed as a Peace Officer on a probationary basis as heretofore specified and who fails to obtain certification from the Director of the Department of Public Safety within the one (1) year period after appointment shall be immediately discharged by said City.

B. Any person who serves as a reserve officer for and on behalf of the City and who is granted the authority and power to enforce the general and criminal laws of the State and the ordinances of the City of Goodman shall further be certified by the Director of the Department of Public Safety as provided under Sections 590.100 through 590.180, RSMo., provided however, that a person may serve in a reserve officer status who is not certified through the Director of the Department of Public Safety so long as at all times such reserve officer is under the immediate supervision and control of a duly certified Police Officer as set forth herein.

C. Any person serving as a reserve Police Officer may attend and complete the training program as set forth under Sections 590.100 through 590.180, RSMo., and upon completion of such training program and receipt of certification by the Director shall have all power and authority to enforce the general and criminal laws and ordinances of the State of Missouri and the City of Goodman, Missouri.

D. The Chief of Police shall notify the Director of the Department of Public Safety of the appointment of any Police Officer not later than thirty (30) days after the date of appointment of such officer.

Section 200.050. Emergency Situation Outside City Limits. [Ord. No. 1989-245 §§1 — 7, 7-6-1989]

A. Section 70.820, RSMo., authorizes a municipality to grant authority to its Peace Officers to respond to an emergency situation outside the boundaries of that City from which the officer derives his/her authority.

B. Before a Police Officer shall have the authority to respond to such an emergency situation, the municipality shall first authorize by ordinance such pursuit outside of the City limits.

C. All definitions concerning “emergency situation” and “response” shall be as those found in Section 70.820, RSMo.

D. All municipal officers of the City of Goodman, Missouri, shall have authority to respond to emergency situations outside the boundaries of the corporate City limits of Goodman, Missouri, provided, that such officer has completed the basic Police training program as promulgated by Chapter 590, RSMo.

E. As used in this Section, “emergency situation” means any situation in which the Police Officer has a reasonable belief that a crime is about to be committed, is being committed or has been committed involving injury or threat of injury to any person, property or governmental interest and his/her response is reasonably necessary to prevent or end such emergency situation or mitigate the likelihood of injury involved in such emergency situation. The determination of the existence of any emergency situation shall be in the discretion of the Peace Officer making the

response or in the discretion of a Peace Officer or governmental officer of the applicable subdivision in which the emergency situation is alleged to have occurred.

F. The “response” taken by the officer shall mean the right to take any and all action which the officer may lawfully take as exercising his/her powers within his/her own jurisdiction.

G. Any officer who responds to emergency situations pursuant to provisions of this Section shall not be liable for civil damages, for acts or omissions other than damages caused by negligence or by willful or wanton acts or omissions by the Police Officer in responding to the situation.