Definitions. As used in this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended:
(a) Host means the person who owns or is in possession of the property where the party, gathering or event takes place, or the person in charge of the premises, or the person who organized the event. If the host is a minor, then the parents or guardians of that minor will be jointly and severally liable for the fee incurred for police services. .
(b) Party, Gathering or Event means an event involving a group of persons who have assembled or are assembling for a social occasion or for a social activity.
(c) Police Services Fee means the cost to the city of any special security assignment, including, but not limited to, salaries of police officers while responding to or remaining at the party, gathering or event, the pro rata cost of equipment, the cost of repairing city equipment and property, the cost of any medical treatment of injured police officers, and the cost of reasonable attorney fees.
(d) Special Security Assignment means the assignment of police officers, services and equipment during a second or subsequent response to the party, gathering or event after the delivery of a written notice to the host that a fee may be imposed for costs incurred by the city for any subsequent police response.
When any police officer responds to any party, gathering or event, and that police officer determines that there is a threat to the public peace, health, safety, or general welfare, the police officer shall issue a written notice to the host or hosts that a subsequent response to that same location or address within 24 hours of the first response shall be deemed a special security assignment rendered to provide security and order on behalf of the party, gathering or event and that the host may be liable for a police services fee as defined in this article.
If, after a written notice is issued pursuant to section 10-302, a subsequent police response or responses is necessary to the same location or address within 24 hours of the first response, such response or responses shall be deemed a special security assignment. Persons previously warned shall be jointly and severally liable for a police services fee as defined in this article. The amount of the fee shall be a debt owed to the city by the person or person warned, and if he or she is a minor, his or her parents or guardians shall be jointly and severally liable for the debt.
The Chief of Police shall notify the city treasurer in writing of the performance of a special security assignment, of the name and address of the responsible person or persons, the date and time of the incident, the services performed, the costs and such other information as may be required. The city treasurer shall thereafter cause appropriate billings to be made.
(a) The Police Department of the City of Goddard, Kansas, is hereby authorized to charge for each copy of information contained on department videotape the sum of Thirty Dollars ($30.00), such sum to be paid to the City Clerk by the person or entity requesting such copy before the Police Department processes a copying request.
(b) The Police Department of the City of Goddard, Kansas, is hereby authorized to charge for each copy of any report it maintains and may lawfully disclose the sum of Ten Dollars ($10.00), such sum to be paid to the City Clerk by the person or entity requesting such copy before the Police Department processes a copying request.
(c) No provision of this ordinance shall impose upon the Police Department or the City of Goddard any obligation to produce, copy, disclose, or make available for inspection any record or file, in whatever medium stored or maintained by the City or any official, employee, or department thereof, which it may by law refrain or refuse to produce, copy, disclose, or make available for inspection.
(Ord. 579; Code 2012)
(a) Alarm system users shall pay to the city clerk a false alarm response fee for any false alarms in excess of three in any calendar year. False alarm response charges shall be billed to the user in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100) for a fourth false alarm in a calendar year; two hundred dollars ($200) for a fifth false alarm in a calendar year; and three hundred dollars ($300) for a sixth false alarm. Subsequent false alarms shall be billed at a rate that increases by one hundred dollars from the last fee assessed the alarm system user.
(b) A false alarm shall be the activation of an alarm system in the City resulting in a request for response by law enforcement when a situation requiring a response does not, in fact, exist at the time of activation of the alarm; or an alarm system designed to be used to report a robbery or holdup, when used for any other purpose. A false alarm shall not include instances in which
(1) The false alarm is caused by adverse extreme weather conditions, such as an electrical storm; and
(2) For those alarms where the communications center is notified that emergency personnel are not needed, prior to their arrival at the location.
(c) False alarm response fees shall be billed to the user by invoice from the city clerk, and shall be due within thirty days of the date of invoice. In the event the fees are not paid within thirty days of invoice, a late fee in the amount of ten dollars for each month overdue shall be added to the amount due. In the event the fees are not paid within sixty days, the alarm user and any alarm servicing company will be notified by certified mail that the communications center will not respond to further alarms from the system unless the delinquent fee and late charges are paid.
(d) Should a disagreement arise over whether any particular response fee should be assessed, the City Administrator, in consultation with the Chief of Police shall, after consideration of all the information related to the event, shall determine whether a response fee should be assessed, or whether reasonable circumstances exist that would make assessment of the response fee inequitable. A determination by the City Administrator in favor of not assessing the fee shall be reported to the City Council. A determination by the City Administrator is subject to review by the City Council.
(e) The Police Department shall report to the City Clerk all instances of responses to false entry or hold-up alarms. The City Clerk shall be responsible for keeping a tally of such false alarms, and for billing out the fee set in this Ordinance. The Fees set may be changed from time to time by Resolution of the City.