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Proposed Springdale police chief's job description

| Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:09 p.m.


ORDINANCE NO. ________ of _________


WHEREAS, the Borough of Springdale has previously established the position of Chief of Police of the Springdale Police Department; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 6125 of the Borough Code, 53 P.S. §466125, Council for the Borough of Springdale may, by ordinance, establish the duties of the Chief of Police.

WHEREAS, Council for the Borough of Springdale desires to set forth by Ordinance duties and description of the Chief of Police of the Borough of Springdale; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED and it is hereby ordained and enacted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Springdale, at a duly convened meeting, quorum present as follows:


• The position of Chief of Police is hereby confirmed by Council of the Borough of Springdale. The Chief of Police, pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Borough Code shall report to the Mayor, as the Chief Law Enforcer of the Borough of Springdale and to Council of the Borough of Springdale or such other person or committee as may be designated by ordinance or resolution of Borough Council as permitted under the Borough Code.


• The Chief of Police is an appointed, non-union non-civil service departmental head position including both administrative and day to day working police functions. The Chief reports to the Mayor and is responsible to Council to perform the essential duties and responsibilities as set forth herein. The Chief performs highly responsible work in the administration and supervision of the Police Department, as well as performing normal police duties. The work involves coordination, supervision and performance of all police functions and services to the community. The Chief's work is reviewed through reports, observations and/or periodic reviews by the Mayor and Council, conferences and results obtained. The Chief may exercises independence and latitude in making decisions and exercising judgment provided that he does so in accordance with the responsibilities and duties set

forth herein. This position is a salaried (non-hourly) position that may result in working in excess of 40 hours per week without provision for compensatory time, unless specifically agreed to by Council in a separate writing, such as a Chief's Contract..


• The Chief of Police shall be the chief executive of the police department for the Borough of Springdale, subordinate to the Mayor and shall be responsible for all operations of the police department.

• In addition to the police powers prescribed by law, the Chief shall be responsible for all administrative functions of the police department, preparing and regulating the budget for the police department, the supervision of all subordinate officers and other employees, establishing and maintaining a work schedule and ensuring that all provisions of the police contract, as well as all Borough policies and procedures are observed.

• The Chief of Police shall authorize vacation and other legitimate leave, direct and authorize all training, and direct police services in an attempt to provide the greatest protection and security for the residents of the Borough.

• The Chief of Police is responsible for establishing and enforcing departmental policy, keeping all departmental employees informed and abreast of all changes, updates and/or modifications in the law and/or relevant policy, directives, etc., effecting disciplinary action when necessary and in accordance with applicable laws and Borough ordinances, policies and procedures.


The duties and responsibilities of the Chief of Police for the Borough of Springdale, in addition to those set forth in Section II, which shall be deemed essential duties and responsibilities, include but are not limited to the following:

• Shall be the principal administrative officer of the police department, under the supervision of the Mayor and responsible to Borough Council pursuant to the provisions of the Borough Code, and shall be responsible for supervising all personnel, functions and operations of the department, including the training of new hires.

• The governing body and the Chief shall have full authority to enforce all laws, regulations, rules, mandates, procedures, directives, and provisions of the police contract and special requests and/or instructions from the Mayor, Council or other competent authority with regard to the police department.

• Maintain control over the assignments, deployment, scheduling, special details, transfers, etc. of all officers in the police department in accordance with law, borough ordinances, directives and/or the provisions established by the police contract and the funds budgeted by Council for the department.

• Responsible for the timely execution of all applicable Borough directives, procedures and policies, as well as the completion of all special assignments from the governing body.

• Review and supervise expenditures of appropriations to the Police Department in accordance with funds budgeted by Council and to make recommendations to the Mayor and/or Borough Manager through budget requests regarding the need for additional officers, equipment or other needs.

• Prepare and submit a monthly police report to the governing body.

• Develop, issue and maintain a comprehensive department manual, addressing every major function, regulation, directive, procedure, requirement and general policy of the police organization. A particular effort will be made to establish policies, approved by Council, that will create an efficient and safe working environment, prevent liability to the Borough or its officials, insure public safety, address emerging concerns and allow for an effective day-to-day operation.

• Responsible for reviewing, updating and implementing the provisions of the manual on a regular basis.

• Develop, present and administer the annual operating budget for the police department. Establish adequate controls over expenditures and the monitoring of disbursements over the course of the fiscal year. Utilize available funds in a manner that provides for the most effective police service possible in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Assist the governing body in the planning of long range capital purchases and provide an anticipated five-year capital purchase schedule during every budget preparation period.

• Responsible for the care and supervision of the Department fleet, police equipment and uniforms.

• Responsible for all department recordkeeping, including the maintenance, organization, storage, retrieval and utilization of departmental records and assure that all applicable laws and directives regarding such records are properly followed.

• Responsible for maintaining the integrity of the evidence room and assuring that all applicable laws and directives regarding recordkeeping and disposition of property/evidence are properly followed.

• Organize, direct, control and deploy all resources of the department in a manner which will provide for the safety and well being of the citizenry, the preservation of the peace and harmony of the community and to enforce all applicable laws, mandates and proclamations. In addition, make every effort to create and coordinate a plan with all affected agencies that will endeavor to protect lives and property during any natural or man-made disaster.

• Plan and execute a police service program, based on an analysis of crime trends, emerging problem areas, actual need, etc., designed to prevent and repress crime, apprehend and prosecute offenders, allow for the safe and expedient movement of the citizenry, provide for the public safety and the harmony of the community.

• Oversee the general inspection and supervision of all public places within the community and cause the laws and ordinances concerning such places to be obeyed.

• Maintain an active, productive alliance with other local police agencies, appropriate Allegheny County agencies and institutions, professional police authorities and training facilities, in an effort to improve and/or advance the administration of law enforcement and/or to provide for the safety and well being of the community. Ensure the prompt reporting of pertinent information to all affected agencies, regardless of jurisdiction and/or geographic location.

• Responsible for establishing and executing an effective and comprehensive training program for all employees. Recognize and identify special abilities or needs and provide appropriate advanced or remedial training as necessary or desired.

• Conduct regular staff meetings in an effort to apprise employees of departmental and borough activity, policy and direction.

• Shall at all times remain informed of the affairs of the department and be assured that the duties of his/her subordinates are properly discharged. Oversee continuous staff inspection as a part of a comprehensive and relevant performance evaluation in accordance with departmental policy and procedures.

• Responsible for responding to grievances and for all departmental disciplinary action and shall initiate such action for any member who violates any law or disregards or violates departmental policy. Disciplinary action shall be taken in accordance with the Borough Code and any police contract currently in effect at the time, other policies and procedures established by law.

• Establish acceptable standards and follow Borough policies for recruitment, selection and promotion of department members and employees. Establish and implement procedures for recognizing outstanding performance by department employees.

• Prepare and submit monthly reports to the Borough Mayor and Borough Council regarding the Department's activities and prepare a variety of other reports as appropriate.

• Attend council approved conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field; represent the Borough Police Department in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings and/or functions.

• Cooperate and maintain an appropriate and professional relationship with county, state and federal law enforcement agencies where activities of the police department are involved.

• To work a regularly assigned shift and routinely patrol during each assigned shift.

• Periodically work various shifts to maintain familiarity with personnel, conditions and situations at various times of the day without adversely affecting the hourly payroll of the department, unless prior, written permission from Council is obtained.

• Cooperate with and respects the authority of other Borough departmental managers, employees and elected or appointed officials in their respective areas of duties and responsibilities.

• Maintain open line of communication and works effectively with Borough Manager Borough employees and elected and appointed officials.

• Periodically organize and hold community service events involving education and safety and actively attends public functions and events involving community groups and other public relation endeavors as often as possible.

• Perform all the essential functions of a police officer including performing the duties of subordinate personnel as needed.

• Provide to Council, through the Borough Manager, a copy of the shift schedule as soon as it is posted or otherwise provided to subordinate officers.

• Possess within 45 days of hire and continue to maintain active MPOETC certification.

• Possess and maintain valid Pennsylvania Drivers License.

• Perform other work-related duties as assigned by the Mayor, Borough Council or such other person or committee as may be designated by ordinance or resolution of the Borough Council.


• The duties, responsibilities and descriptions listed in this ordinance are not intended to be all inclusive of the essential duties and responsibilities of the Chief of Police nor inclusive of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position. If other work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position, it may be considered an essential duty and responsibility as well. This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as may, from time to time, be determined by Council for the Borough of Springdale.

SECTION VI: SEVERABILITY. It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Council of the Borough of Springdale that the several provisions of this Ordinance are separable. If any Court of competent jurisdiction shall declare any words, sentences, sections or provisions of this Ordinance to be invalid, such a ruling shall not affect any other words, sentences, sections or provisions of this Ordinance not specifically included in said ruling.

SECTION VII: REPEALER. All ordinances or parts of ordinances, which are inconsistent herewith, are hereby repealed.

SECTION VIII: EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its approval in accordance with the Borough Code.

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