ARTICLE 1. REGULATIONS OF POLICE DEPARTMENT
The regular police force of the city shall consist of the chief of police and such law enforcement personnel as the governing body may provide. The chief of police under direction of the city manager, shall have supervision and be in charge of the police department and any law enforcement personnel appointed by the governing body.
It shall be the duty of the chief of police and other police officers, to see that the laws of the State of Kansas and all ordinances of the city and all resolutions of the governing body are properly enforced and obeyed within the police jurisdiction of the city. Whenever arrest is made they shall attend all trials in municipal court unless excused by the municipal judge. They shall promptly serve all process papers, notices or orders required by law or as directed by the city manager. They shall also perform such other duties as may be required by the city manager, or by ordinances of the city.
The chief of police shall at all times have power to make or order an arrest, with proper process, for any offense against the laws of the state or of the city, and bring the offender for trial before the proper officer of the city, and to arrest without process in all cases where any such offense shall be committed, or attempted to be committed, in his or her presence. The chief of police shall have power to make such rules and regulations as may be necessary for the proper and efficient conduct of the department.
The law enforcement personnel of the city shall have power to arrest all offenders against the laws of the state, or of the city, by day or night, in the same manner as the chief of police, and keep them in the city prison, or other place to prevent their escape, until a trial can be had before the proper officer.
(K.S.A. 12-4212; Code 1983)
The city manager shall appoint temporary law enforcement personnel as soon as it is practicable whenever a vacancy occurs in the police department. Should the city manager desire to appoint a temporary law enforcement personnel or any other person to a permanent position of law enforcement personnel, he or she shall do so on the basis of merit and ability.
If a vacancy shall occur in the office of chief of police, the senior law enforcement personnel in length of service to the city shall automatically become supervising officer of the police department and shall perform all duties and be vested with all authority herein given to the chief of police. Such supervising officer’s authority shall immediately cease when the office of chief of police is filled in the manner provided by law.
All money due to, or received by, the chief of police or any law enforcement personnel on account of any reward accruing to him or her in consequence of any action in the line of duty shall be deposited to the credit of a fund for aid of law enforcement personnel of the city in payment of benefits for sickness and injury and allied uses. If no such fund has been established by the police department, said moneys shall be deposited with the city treasurer and shall become general funds of the city.
The chief of police shall from time to time establish rules and regulations relating to the conduct of the police force. All police officers while on duty shall wear the regulation police badge, insignia and uniform; except that in the discretion of the chief, any officer may at any time be ordered on duty in plain clothes. Any officer shall have authority and shall be required at any time, whether on or off regular duty, to perform the duties required of him or her by law or ordinance, or the orders of the chief of police.
(Code 1973, 13-108)