CHAPTER X. POLICECHAPTER X. POLICE\ARTICLE 1. POLICE DEPARTMENT

The police department of the city shall be the chief of police, and assistant and such other police officers that may be authorized by ordinance.

(Code 1985)

A chief of police shall be appointed, who shall have immediate control and direction of the police officers of the city and. he or she shall be responsible to the city manager for the proper discharge of the duties of his or her office. He or she shall have such other duties as shall be required of the police officers of the city and as required by the laws of the state.

(Code 1985)

An assistant and other police officers may be appointed by the city manager. The assistant shall have all of the powers and duties of the chief of police in his or her absence and he or she and the police officers of the city shall perform the duties required of such officers by the ordinances of the city and the laws of the state.

(Code 1985)

It shall be the duty of the chief of police to make such daily, monthly, and annual reports as may be required by the city manager. Such reports shall be made on a form prepared for the purpose and shall include, among other things:

(a)   The names of persons arrested;

(b)   The charge alleged against any such person;

(c)   The names of the prisoners held in custody, both awaiting trial, and in the custody under commitment of the municipal court;

(d)   The final disposition of arrests and proceedings concerning all persons coming within the custody of the police officers of the city.

(Code 2006)

The city manager shall have the general direction and supervision of the police of the city. The chief of police shall be responsible for the proper discipline and discharge of duties of the police under the ordinances of the city.

(Code 1985)

Police officers while on duty shall devote their time and attention to their respective duties according to the ordinances of the city and the laws of the state. It shall be their general duty at all times to the best of their ability:

(a)   To preserve good order, peace and quiet;

(b)   To enforce the city ordinances and laws of the state throughout the city;

(c)   To arrest all persons found at any time, day or night, in the act of violating any such ordinance or law, or aiding or abetting such violator;

(d)   To make complaint against every person so arrested and shall cause such person to be brought to trial.

(e)   To inform the superior officer or the city manager, or in his or her absence, the city attorney when any person shall be arrested.

(Code 2006)

The chief of police shall at all times have power to make or order an arrest with proper process for any offense against the ordinances of the city or the laws of the state and to arrest without process in all cases where any such offense shall be committed in his or her presence. The assistant and all police officers of the city shall have power to arrest all offenders against the ordinances or laws, by day or by night, in the same manner as the chief of police and place them in custody until a trial can be had before the municipal court or other court having jurisdiction of the offense alleged.

(Code 1985)