Question: Shall a new Charter section be enacted (Charter Section 116-1) and two other sections be amended to authorize the Director of Port Control to establish an airport police force as of January 1, 2009 led by a Chief of Airport Police appointed by the Director of Port Control with the approval of the Mayor who shall have exclusive control the stationing and transfer of officers and employees in the airport police force?

Proposed Language:

§ 116     Police Force; Control by Chief

Except as provided in Sections 116-1 of this Charter, the Police Force shall consist of a Chief, three Deputy Chiefs of Police, eleven Commanders of Police, and such other officers, patrolmen and employees as may be provided by ordinance or resolution of the Council. The Mayor may appoint a fourth Deputy Chief of Police to protect the people from homeland security threats and a twelfth Commander of Police for community policing. In case of riot or like emergency the Mayor may appoint additional patrolmen and officers for temporary service who need not be in the classified service. The Chief of Police, the Deputy Chiefs of Police, and the Commanders of Police shall be appointed by the Mayor from the division of police or they may be persons appointed from outside the division who shall have had training and experience in law enforcement and they shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor; provided, however, that the Mayor shall appoint to the positions of Deputy Chief of Police and Commander of Police from among persons recommended by the Chief of Police with the concurrence of the executive head of the police force if such executive head be other than the Mayor. The Council may, by ordinance, direct the Mayor to make appointments of minorities to the positions of Deputy Chief of Police and Commander of Police. Upon the termination of their service as Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Police, or Commander of Police they shall, if appointed from the division of police, revert to the civil service status held by them at the time of their appointment, in so far as it is competent for this charter so to provide. Except as provided in Sections 116-1 of this Charter, the Chief of Police shall have exclusive control of the stationing and transfer of patrolmen and other officers and employees constituting the Police Force, under such rules and regulations as may be established by the Mayor or by the director of the department to whom the Chief of Police may be immediately responsible.

§ 116-1     Airport Police Force; Control by Director of Port Control [NEW]

As of January 1, 2009, the Director of Port Control is authorized to establish an Airport Police Force consisting of a Chief of Airport Police and such other officers, patrolmen and employees as may be provided by ordinance of the Council. The Airport Police Force shall provide law enforcement and related security services to the City-owned airports. The Chief of Airport Police shall be appointed by the Director of Port Control with the approval of the Mayor, shall have had training and experience in law enforcement, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Director of Port Control. The Chief of Airport Police shall have exclusive control of the stationing and transfer of officers and employees constituting the Airport Police Force, under such rules and regulations as may be established by the Director of Port Control.

117     Special Policemen

Except for members of the Airport Police Force established under Sections 116-1 of this Charter, no person shall act as a special policeman, special detective or other special police officer for any purpose whatsoever, except upon written authority from the Mayor or from the director of the department of which the Police Force may be a part. Such authority shall be exercised only under the direction and control of the Chief of Police and for a specified time, not to exceed six months.