- 1-297. Police Board; creation, composition; powers and duties.
(Sp. Laws 1935, No. 455, § 1.)
There shall be a Police Board in the City of Norwalk, which shall consist of two resident electors who shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall serve without compensation. Not more than 1/2 of the members of said Board, with the exception of the Mayor, shall be members of any one political party. The Mayor of said city shall be, ex officio, a member and Chairman of said Board. Within 10 days from the passage of this act, §§ 1-297 to 1-302, the Mayor shall appoint two members of said Board to serve until the first Wednesday following the first Monday of October 1937, and biennially thereafter the Mayor shall appoint two members to serve two years, and each such member shall serve until his successor shall be appointed. Said Board shall annually elect a Secretary from its members. Two members of said Board shall constitute a quorum, and a concurrence of two votes shall be necessary for the transaction of business. Said Board shall hold meetings at least once each month and at such other times as it may determine. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the Mayor or by two members upon reasonable notice to the Mayor or the other member. Said Board shall have control, management and supervision of the policemen of said city and all property belonging to or used in the Police Department. Said Board shall have the power to purchase all supplies and equipment necessary for the management of said department; to appoint, remove, suspend, discipline and punish and to prescribe the duties of all officers and members, whether regular, supernumerary or call, of said Police Department, and to fix their salaries and compensation, to make rules and regulations as it may deem necessary, consistent with the provisions hereof, for the regulation and government of said Department. It shall enforce and carry into effect all ordinances and by-laws of the Common Council and all laws of the state with reference to the safety of said city. It shall keep and preserve detailed records, files and minutes of all its proceedings and of all work, property and expenditures of said Police Department, and said files, records and minutes, or certified copies thereof, shall be accepted as evidence in all courts and proceedings. It shall have power to summon and examine witnesses as in civil actions and compel the production of books and papers, and administer oaths to such witnesses, and may require of any officer or board of said city all information and copies of records, books and papers relative to the public business in connection with said Department. It shall render monthly detailed statements and reports to the Common Council of its proceedings and of all disbursements and contracts made in said Department during the preceding month; shall render annually to said Common Council and to the Board of Estimate and Taxation, a full statement of its disbursements and expenditures in said Department during the preceding year, with a report of the condition of said Department, and an estimate of the necessary expenditures for the ensuing fiscal year.
- 1-298. Powers of the Police Board.
(Sp. Laws 1935, No. 455, § 2.)
Said Board shall not abolish any office in the Police Department during the incumbency thereof of any appointee to such office, nor shall it remove, expel or reduce in rank any officer or regular or permanent member of the Police Department except for cause found after hearing. Notice of any such removal, expulsion or reduction in rank shall be given by the Board in writing to the officer or permanent member concerned, and any such officer or permanent member aggrieved by such removal, expulsion or reduction may, within 10 days after receiving notice of such action by the Board, appeal therefrom to the Superior Court in and for the County of Fairfield, which shall hear such appeal and render judgment thereon. The power to fix the number and designation of all the officers and members of the Police Department shall be in and exercised only by the bipartisan Police Board, and the number and designation of all officers of said Department shall continue as at present until said Board shall take action in the premises. Said Board shall have the power to retire any member of the Police Department for mental or physical disability and place his name on the retired list and such member shall not thereafter be entitled to pay or compensation from the city unless assigned to duty by the Chief of Police of the Police Department. His pay for the time so assigned to duty shall be that of a regular member of the force.