Section 21-45 Definitions and rule of construction.

    The following definitions and rules of construction apply to this article:

    “Board,” when not otherwise specified, means the citizens police review board.

     Community service aide means a uniformed civilian employee who does not have the power of arrest and served in the Columbia police department with a position title of “community service aide.”

    Complainant means a person who files a complaint with the police department or with the city clerk against a police officer  or a community service aide .

    Complaint means a written statement alleging misconduct of a police officer  or community service aide  involving interaction with the public.

    "Misconduct" means any violation of federal law, state law, city ordinance, city regulation or police department policy, guideline, directive, rule, regulation or order in effect at the time of the incident.

    “Notice” shall be considered given when it is hand delivered or three (3) business days after it is mailed.

    “Police officer” and “officer” means a commissioned law enforcement officer, other than the chief of police, who has the power of arrest and who serves in the Columbia police department.

(Ord. No. 20331, § 1, 7-20-09; Ord. No. 21157, § 1, 11-21-11 ; Ord. No. 22142, § 1, 7-21-14 )

Editor's Note:  The authority of the Citzens Police Review Board to review appeals from the police chief's decisions on alleged police misconduct shall only apply to decisions made by the police chief after January 1, 2010.


(Ord. 22142, Amended, 07/21/2014, Prior Text; Ord. 21157, Amended, 11/21/2011, Prior Text; Ord. 20331, Added, 07/20/2009)