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Title 24 Appendix : Municipal Charters


Subchapter 007 : POLICE DEPARTMENT

(Cite as: 24 App. V.S.A. ch. 251, § 701)
  • § 251-701. Police Department; appointment; duties

    (a)(1) The Board of Trustees may also appoint a Chief of Police and not more than five additional police officers, except on public occasions, when they may appoint such number of special police for that occasion as they may think necessary, by appointment in writing under their hands, who shall be qualified by taking the oath of office, and causing their appointments to be recorded by the Clerk of the Village.

    (2) Any such appointment may be revoked by the Board, in its discretion, which revocation shall also be in writing and be recorded by the Clerk.

    (b) The Chief of Police and other police officers shall, by virtue of their appointment be constables, informing officers, and conservators of the peace within the Village, and may serve any criminal process throughout the County of Bennington returnable within the Village or to the County Court within and for the County of Bennington; and they may commit any person convicted of a violation of any bylaw, regulation, or ordinance of the Village or any provision of this chapter, or any law of the State, upon mittimus, to the common jail in Bennington County; and they shall be proper officers in justice criminal courts held within the Village, with full power to empanel, draw, and summon jurors before such justice courts.

    (c) Police officers shall be entitled to receive the same fees as constables would be entitled to receive for the same services.

    (d) Police officers shall have the same right to demand assistance from any person or persons which sheriffs and constables now have, and any person refusing to assist such police officer shall be subject to the same fines and penalties as now provided by law for refusing to assist a sheriff or constable. (Amended 2015, No. M-13 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. Feb. 24, 2016.)