Waterbury Police Explorers Post 4141

Investing in the future of Law Enforcement

 

 

Public Copy, Explorer Copy, Advisor Copy, Board Copy

 

 

 WATERBURY POLICE EXPLORER POST 4141

 

Section 1: Identity and Mission Statement

This organization shall be known as the Waterbury Police Explorer

Post 4141, sponsored by the Waterbury Police Department in

cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life

Program. This organization was established in 1971 and is a

community oriented non-profit organization. All funds received by

this organization are used for the education of its members and to

provide equipment that the post needs to function. This program

operates under the  direction of several sworn police officers and

civilian Advisors.      

 

The primary mission of this program is to expose young adults between

the ages of 11 and 21 to the field of law enforcement. This program

will do the following: give insight into police work, provide a positive

alternative to negative influences such as drug abuse, and gang

involvement, develop responsible youth, encourage academic excellence,

leadership, teamwork and volunteerism. Participants will work with both

civilians and sworn officers of the Waterbury Police Department. The

program is designed to give them a realistic overview of law enforcement

so that they can make an informed decision as to whether or not they

want to pursue law enforcement as a career. Explorers will be given both

classroom instruction and be required to participate in physical exercises.

Qualified personnel will give all instruction in a strictly controlled

environment.

 

                                          The Explorer Code

                    “As an Explorer, I believe that America’s strength

lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength and traditions of our people. 

                      I will therefore be faithful in my religious duties

            and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life.

                           I will treasure my American heritage

                    and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it.

             I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity

              and will use fair play and good will in my daily life.

                        I will acquire the Explorer attitude

                          that seeks the truth in all things

          and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.”

 


 

Section 2: Membership Requirements

1)  To be considered for membership in the Waterbury Police Explorers

Post 4141, an applicant must be between the ages of 14 and 21 for a

senior explorer and between the ages of 11 and 14 for a Junior explorer.

 

2)  Prior to acceptance to the post, all prospective applicants must attend

a minimum of three (3) consecutive meetings to determine their degree of

interest in the law enforcement field. This is a required part of the application

process.

 

3)  After application approval by the Executive Board of Explorer Post

4141, the applicant will become an Explorer or Junior Trainee for a period

of at least three (3) months. The trainee must attend a minimum of (1)

one activity each month. Upon successful completion of the designated

probationary period, the Explorer Trainee shall appear before the Executive

Board, and upon approval by the Executive Board, and at least one advisor

be accepted as a full fledge member of the Waterbury Police Explorers Post

4141 at the rank of Private or Junior explorer.

 

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4) All explorers are required to maintain at least a C average while in

middle or high school. Members that are in college are also encouraged

to maintain a average. Failure to maintain a C average for any one (1)

marking period may result in an explorer being placed on probation,

suspended or terminated from the post if deemed appropriate by the

Executive Board & the post advisors. Post members in middle and

high school will provide a copy of their report cards to the head

advisor every marking period during the school year. Failure to

turn in a report card every marking period may result in

disciplinary action being taken against the explorer.

 

5) Have parental approval and signatures by the Explorer and

his/her parents on and the post by-laws agreement form at the end of this 

document. 

 

6) Be of good health.

 

7) Be of good moral habits with no arrest or conviction records for serious

or violent offenses including crimes of moral turpitude 

 

8) Attend 75% of all meetings and training prior to a competition in order

to compete.

 

9) Attend50% of all related functions every month failure to do so may

result in termination from the program.

 

10)  Membership will be limited to a total not to exceed 50 members

 

11)  Recruiting will be on an ongoing basis unless the total membership is

50 members

 


 


 

 

Section 3: Honors, Courtesies and Ceremonies

 

Addressing Superior Officer:  The hand salute as prescribed by U.S. Military

Regulations shall be tendered by subordinates and promptly acknowledged

and returned by superior officers. All explorers will render the hand salute to

all supervisors of the Waterbury Police Department and the supervisors of

other departments that we may work with.

 

National Flag and Anthem: All explorers while in uniform shall salute the National

Flag as they pass in public parades, ceremonies, or other occasions, or when carried

into any building, room or place where they are present. Whenever the National

Anthem is played where members of the post are present, they shall stand at

attention facing the U.S. flag if displayed or facing the music if no flag is displayed.

If in uniform, they shall salute at the first note, holding the position of the salute until

the last note of the Anthem. If not in uniform and wearing a hat or other headgear,

they shall remove same at the first note holding the headgear over the heart until the

last note. Members shall place their hand over their heart if not wearing headgear.

 

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 Funerals: Explorers attending a police or military funeral in their official capacity in

uniform clothes shall stand at attention and render a hand salute (present arms) while

the casket is being carried. While attending a funeral in a house of worship, members

shall remove headgear. The exception will be those explorers assigned to the duty of

color guard or pallbearer. Those explorers shall not remove their headgear until seated

and replace it when resuming their duties. During the prayer at the gravesite, explorers

should respectfully bow their heads, but not remove headgear. During the sounding of

Taps, explorers in uniform shall render a hand salute (present arms) as the first note is

sounded, holding the salute until the last note. If a rifle salute is part of the gravesite

ceremony then a hand salute (present arms) shall be rendered at the beginning of the

honor and maintained until the conclusion of this.

 

Funeral Honor Guards: Explorers assigned to the duty of honor guard at a funeral

detail shall be under the command and direction of a designated officer-in-charge. At

the direction of the officer-in-charge, the detail shall form two parallel ranks aligned in

order of descending rank from the church or chapel doors outward. As the casket

bearing the deceased is removed from the hearse and is carried toward the church or

chapel, the officer-in-charge shall call the detail to "ATTENTION" and give the

command "PRESENT ARMS". Detail members shall hold this position until the

casket has completely passed and the command "ORDER ARMS" is given. At the

conclusion of the service, the detail shall be reformed as described above and honors

again rendered as the casket is removed from the church or chapel toward the hearse.

If the honor guard detail is to be used at the cemetery gravesite, the same formation

will be assumed at the direction of the officer-in-charge who will issue such commands

as indicated by the circumstances. Members of the honor guard shall stand at attention

unless otherwise directed by the officer-in-charge.

 

Ceremonial Honor Guards: Explorers assigned to honor guard detail at ceremonial

activities shall be under the command and direction of a designated officer-in charge.

The detail shall be arranged and formed as circumstances dictate and appropriate

commands issued by the officer-in-charge. Members of the honor guard shall stand at

attention unless otherwise directed by the officer-in-charge. Foreign flags and anthems

shall never be saluted although members will remain in the attention position as a sign

of courtesy and respect.

 



 

Section 4: Post Executive Board

1)   The Executive Board shall consist of the following:

A)          President

B)          Vice-President

C)          Secretary

D)          Treasurer

 

2)   The Executive Board will govern general business of the Post, and will

consist of members of the Explorer Post.

 

3)   The duties of the President include presiding over all post meetings. The

President will develop, and present the agenda for the meetings, and review

it with the post advisor.

 

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4)   The duties of the Vice-President include taking over the duties of the

President or any other board member in his/her absence or if any board

position is vacant, to assume the duties of that office until an election can

be held to fill the position.

 

5) The duties of the Secretary include taking minutes of the membership

meetings, and keeping all post records. The Secretary is also responsible

for writing all post correspondence, and handling publicity.

 

6) The duties of the Treasurer include handling the petty-cash, to

collect monthly dues, uniform deposits and registration fees from the

membership, with oversight from aadvisor.

 

7) Executive Board members will be elected for a term of one (1) year

from the date of appointment. In the event a position on the Executive

Board is vacated prior to the one (1) year term, a temporary member

may be appointed by the post advisor(s) until the term expiration, or if

time permits, a new election.

 

8) Nominations will take place for the Executive Board in the first week

of December, and elections held the following week. The newly elected

board members will take office for their one (1) year term on January 1.

 

 

Section 5: Meetings

1)  General business meetings will be held on a weekly basis on

Thursdays 1900-2100, but are subject to change at the discretion

of the Executive Board or Advisors as needed. A monthly meeting/

activity schedule will be passed out as well as posted on the post web

site.

 

2) Post meetings will be conducted under the Robert’s Rules of Order.

Voting on any issue involving regular post business will be passed or

failed by  majority vote. Any change or amendment to the by-laws

must be passed by a ¾ majority vote of the post membership and

approved by the Board of Directors.

 

3) It is the responsibility of the Sergeant at Arms to maintain order

during the any meeting, and any member reprimanded more than

twice during the course of a meeting will be told to leave the meeting,

and be subject to further disciplinary action at the discretion of the

Executive Board. A detailed report of the infraction will be completed

by the Sergeant at Arms of the meeting and delivered for review to

the Executive Board by the following meeting.

 

4) The meetings will be held at the Training Division of the Waterbury

Police Department located at 240 Bank St. The explorers attending

the meeting will await the arrival of an advisor prior to entering the

Community Relations Division, should it be open. Meetings are

occasionally canceled due to inclement weather or advisors not

being available to over see a meeting. As much advance notice

as possible will be given when it is necessary to cancel meeting.

It is each explorer’s responsibility to ensure post advisors and

supervisors have current phone numbers to be contacted at.

    On Thursdays when school is canceled or dismissed early due

to inclement weather, the post meeting will automatically be canceled.  

 

5)  All Explorers are expected to pay membership dues prior to the

end of each month. Failure to be current with payment of dues may

prevent the Explorer from taking part in Explorer activities. Current

dues as of 09/05 are $1.00 per month.  

  

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Section 6: Attendance Policy

1)   Any explorer that will be absent from a meeting, detail or activity they

signed up for is required to notify a supervisor of their absence in advance.

In an emergency when no advance notice may be given, the explorer is

required to notify a supervisor as soon as possible of the reason for their

absence. It is each explorer’s responsibility to contact a supervisor; the

supervisors are not required to call explorers about absences unless

directed to by an advisor or higher ranking officer. The advisors should

not have to call explorers to find out if they are showing up for an activity

they signed up for.

 

2)  An explorer with three (3) consecutive un-excused absences from a

meeting or function will be required to report to the Post Advisors and/or

Post Executive Board. If a member has been absent for five (5) consecutive

absences, they will be dismissed from the post unless they can supply a

reasonable explanation.

 

3)  Any violation of this above policy may subject an explorer to the

appropriate disciplinary action as determined by the advisors and the

post progression of discipline policy.

 


 

Section 7: Code of Conduct    

Explorers shall maintain sound behavior that outlines both their

character and the attitude of the Explorer Post. Fighting, heightened

levels of arguing, intimidation, and initiation activities will not be

tolerated.  

 

Explorers will follow the ordinary and reasonable rules of good conduct and behavior.

They will not commit any act tending to bring reproach, discredit or embarrassment to

the Explorer program or the Waterbury Police Department.  

 

All explorers regardless of rank will be expected to act appropriately when using

any computer, cell phone or other means of electronic communications devices.

Explorers that have myspace pages, Face book pages or any other similar type of

computer pages will conduct themselves in a respectful and appropriate manner.

The use of obscene language, sending or receiving sexually explicit or other

inappropriate material via any electronic media device is a violation of the post

bylaws. Also, explorers will not engage in any activity using electronic media

that is considered a crime. If such a violation occurs, the explorer will be subject

to disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the advisors and Board of Directors.

Certain situations may also be reported to the appropriate Federal Law

Enforcement agency for further action.    

 

The Waterbury Police Explorer Post 4141 believes that all individuals deserve respect,

equal treatment, and honest relations within the Explorer Post; as a representative of the

Waterbury Police Department and the City of Waterbury.

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All members of the Post shall abide by the laws of the United States, the State of

Connecticutand the City of Waterbury ordinances or any other state or local in

which they are present and abide by the by-laws, rules, regulations, and special

department orders. Failure to do so shall result in punishment as determined by

the Executive and the Advisor Board. Any Explorer who is detained,

questioned, cited or arrested for violations of any law (including

traffic violations) will report this immediately to the Post Advisors.     

 

Explorers will be expected to pay for any damages to any property issued by the Waterbury

Police Department or the Waterbury Police Explorer Post 4141, or if that item is lost or

destroyed.    

 

Certain information that explorers see or hear during times that they are at the police station,

in training or at various events, is considered privileged. Explorers should not discuss police

business outside the station and will be disciplined by advisory staff based on the severity of

the violation.

 

Explorers should remember that they are representative of the Waterbury Police

Department and should act in a professional, respectful and courteous manner

towards all advisors, instructors, officers and the general public.

 

Explorers should address advisory staff by rank and last name

 

Personal conflicts between explorers should be dealt with outside of Post activities and advisory

staff will deal with conflicts arising during Post activities.

 

Explorers are to be held responsible for their own actions both in and out of uniform.

Explorers are expected to be law abiding at all times and involvement in activities such

as drug use, alcohol consumption, and other unlawful acts will lead to immediate

dismissal from the post. 

 

Explorers are not police officers and should not attempt to enforce laws. If an explorer should

witness an unlawful act, he or she should react as a general citizen by notifying proper authorities.

 

Explorers will not directly or indirectly imply or infer that he/she is a police officer or police recruit.

 

If an explorer receives an order from an advisor that conflicts with one previously given, the

Explorer must inform the advisor that a previous order was issued by another Advisor.

 

Explorers will respect the rights of all individuals and will not engage in discrimination, oppression,

or favoritism.

 

Explorers will cooperate, support, and assist each other whenever necessary.

 

Explorers will not use their position to solicit any form of business for themselves or others.

  

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While in uniform, Explorers will not enter or visit any establishment whose primary purpose is the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption. The same shall apply to any package or liquor store.

 

 

Section 8: Discipline Policy

1)  Any post member reprimanded more than twice at any single general meeting will be suspended from that meeting.The Sergeant at Arms of the meeting, as well as the accused Explorer, for Executive Board review, will prepare a report by the following weeks meeting. Based on the finding of the Executive Board, further disciplinary action may be taken.

 

2)  The following are violations that may result in suspension pending investigation by the post advisors and Executive Board. These violations include, but are not limited to the following:

A)    Any violation of law while on or off duty while a member of Explorer Post 4141

B)    Assault on another Explorer or an advisor

C)    Sexual Harassment

D)    Misuse of Post issued uniform or equipment

E)     Weapons Violation

F)     Gross Insubordination-see below

G)    Dereliction of duty

H)    Any other offense deemed to violate post standards,  expectations or conduct of an explorer

                                                  

*** Insubordination- Failure, deliberate refusal, or ridiculing an order given by a supervising explorer officer, Advisor, or police officer, shall be deemed insubordination.

 

3) If any question of discipline arises, or any explorer wishes to file complaint about a fellow explorer, a complaint must be submitted in writing to the Executive Board, and the post advisor(s). In the event the explorer making the complaint is a minor, as defined by Connecticut Statutes, then the complaint must be submitted by a parent, or guardian. Any explorer accused of any violation shall be notified of the nature of the complaint, and furnished a copy of the complaint if investigation of the allegation leads to disciplinary action. The accused has full right to defend themselves against any reported violation prior to any action, or sanction unless the violation is so serious, or witnessed in action, and requires immediate response.

 

4)  If the violation is found to have merit, then the level of disciplinary action to be levied against the accused will be decided upon by a Disciplinary Board composed of the Executive Board, and the post advisor(s).

                                                                            

5) The accused, and the original complainant, will both be notified in writing of the findings of the Disciplinary Bard and action taken can range from a verbal warning to dismissal from the Explorer Post depending on the violation, and any mitigating factors such as repeated offenses.

 

6) In the event of any violations of policy and procedure of the Waterbury Police Department, the violation will be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors designated to oversee the Explorer Post by the Chief of Police, and action taken against the violator at their discretion.

  

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7) If an Explorer is suspended three or more times from Post 4141, the Executive Board shall make a recommendation for dismissal to the advisors and Board of Directors who by simple majority vote will make the decision within fourteen (14) days. Any appeal must be made in writing, notarized, and forwarded to the Board of Directors for consideration. The decision of the Board is final.     

 

8) The following progression of discipline will be followed by the Waterbury Police Explorer Post 4141: verbal counseling, a verbal warning, a written warning, placement on probation, a suspension from the post and the final step will be termination from the post. The advisors reserve the right to apply anyone one of these steps to any particular case.The amount of discipline will be issued in accordance with the seriousness of the nature of offense. Any offenses that are of an extremely serious nature will be automatically reported to the Assistant Deputy Chief of the Waterbury Police Department by the advisors.

 

**Per Waterbury Police Department policy any incident involving a Waterbury Police Explorer that will reflect on them unfavorably will be immediately reported to the Assistant Deputy Chief of Police in writing by the investigating officer. The Assistant Deputy Chief will notify the advisors who will then conduct a separate investigation and report the results of this investigation back to the Assistant Deputy Chief of Police for further action.

 


 

Section 9: Leave of Absence Policy

1)  Any requests for leave of absence must be made in writing to and approved by the Executive Board and the post advisors.

 

2) If the requesting explorer holds any rank, and the leave is no more than thirty (30) days, then he/she will not be reduced in rank.  

 

3) If the absence is from 30-60 days, the explorer will be reduced in rank to the next highest rank.  

 

4) If the leave of absence is 3-6 months, the explorer will be reduced in rank to Private. The exceptions to this rule are an explorer that has requested a family leave of absence, medical leave of absence, or military deployment/basic training. Each request will be considered on a case by case basis by the advisors. The explorer’s standing in the post will be taken into consideration.

 

5) For any absence in excess of six (6) months, the explorer must re-apply for membership in the Post.

 

6) Leaves of absence for going away to school will be given in 6 month periods. 

 

7) While on school leave, an explorer must pay the $11.00 annual registration fee to remain on the post charter.   **NOTE**  No reasonable requests

     will be denied.

  

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Section 10: Uniform Policy

1)      Each approved member of  Explorer Post 4141 shall be issued the following uniform items:

      A)    One (1) light blue long sleeve uniform shirt- cost $20.00

      B)    One (1) light blue short sleeve uniform shirt- cost $18.00

      C)    One (1) pair of dress uniform pants- cost $47.00  

            One (1) pair of dress uniform pants (striped for supervisors)- cost $55.00 

      D)    One (1) navy blue clip-on style tie to be worn w/the long sleeve shirt- cost $6.00

      E)     One (1) black leather trouser belt with silver buckle- cost $16.00 

      F)  One (1) 8 point Navy Blue hat Summer/Winter- cost $20.00 

      G)  One (1) Silver finish “Waterbury Police Department” tie bar- cost $10.00

      H)  One (1) silver brushed finish name tag- cost $8.00

      I)  One (1) Silver chest badge $25.00

      J)  One (1) Silver “Waterbury Police Explorer” hat badge- cost $35.00

      K)  One (1) silver whistle chain- cost $9.00

      L)  One (1) pair Bates “Ultra Lite” Quarter boots- cost $70.00 

      M) One (1) gray short sleeve polo shirt- cost $12.00  

      N)  One (1) one pair of navy blue BDU pants- cost $30.00  

      O)  One (1) pair navy blue mountain bike shorts (bike uniform)- cost $25.00 

      P)  One (1) gray post bike helmet (mountain bike uniform)- cost $20.00 

      Q)  One (1) gray long sleeve polo shirt- cost $15.00  

      R)  One (1) navy blue post baseball style hat- cost $9.00 

      S)  One (1) black winter knit hat with post patch sewn on- cost $10.00  

      T)  One (1) lime green reflective rain coat- cost $65.00 

      U)  One (1) pair khaki BDU pants (trainee uniform)- cost $30.00  

      V)  One (1) navy blue post t-shirt (trainee uniform)- cost $8.00

 

2)  A trainee uniform will only be issued when the trainee’s $40.00 uniform deposit is paid and a parental liability form is signed by the trainee’s parent or guardian and returned. Newly appointed privates will not receive their private uniforms until their $11.00 registration fee has been paid. The original $40.00 uniform deposit will be applied to the private’s uniform once the trainee BDU pants are returned to the post.

 

3)  Once issued, it is the individual explorer’s responsibility to properly care for the uniform, and keep it neat, and clean.  Failure to properly care for the uniform will result in disciplinary action.

 

4)   At no time is the uniform to be worn except when attending the weekly Explorer meeting, or at an approved Explorer event.  If any explorer is in uniform after an event, they must either have a change of civilian clothing, or a jacket that covers the patches, and other identifying markings of the Waterbury Police Explorers. Any exceptions to the above must be approved by the advisor(s), or Board of Directors.  Failure to comply with this policy is not only a safety concern for the explorer, who may be confused for a police officer, but may lead to termination from the Explorer  Post, and investigation by the Waterbury Police Department.

 

5) Each explorer is expected to purchase an Explorer Post baseball hat bearing the logo of the Waterbury Police Explorers for use at all Explorer events, and weekly meetings. Upon leaving the Explorer Post, the hat must be turned in as well as all issued uniform items. Hats are not to be worn within the training division except during inspection or when instructed to do so by either the Post advisor(s), or a member of the designated Board of Directors. 

 

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6) Handcuffs are an optional part of the uniform, however, they may not be worn, or carried until the Explorer has attended a class on the use of handcuffs and then only with written permission from a parent or guardian.  Junior Explorers are not allowed to carry handcuffs  at all.

 

7)  Items the Explorers are allowed to carry include, but are not limited to, the following items:

A)    A flashlight holder

B)    A flashlight no longer than the standard three (3) cell light

C)    A glove pouch with latex gloves

D)    Key holder

E)     Handcuffs (after proper training) (Senior Explorers only)

F)     Any other item approved by the advisors prior to carrying

 

8)  No other items may be used or carried belts without expressed permission of the post advisor(s), or Board of Directors

 

9)  Weapons of any type are not allowed. These weapons include, but are not limited to the following items:

A)    Firearms of any type

B)    Combat knives

C)    Boot knives

D)    Batons

E)    Blackjacks

F)    Butterfly or switchblade knives

G)    Any striking weapon

H)    Any type of chemical sprays

I)       Any other item found to be a dangerous weapon by the advisors

 

10)  Duty belts may be worn with the above mentioned items may be worn on the duty belt, and only after proper training. Duty belts should be the nylon style with at least 4 belt keepers.

 

11)  All explorers are forbidden to wear any type of earrings, jewelry or other body piercings that are visible outside the uniform at any timePiercings are a major safety issue.

 

12)  Nametags are to be worn on the dress uniform shirts at all times. The name tag should be attached to the uniform shirt no more than ¼ inch above the top of the right pocket.

 

13)  Pins may be worn on the uniform at the discretion of the post advisor(s).      

 

14)  Explorers are required to maintain themselves in a manner consistent with normally accepted standards of personal and oral hygiene. Hair shall be neat, clean, trimmed and present a  well-groomed appearance consistent with performance and safety measures. Hair length shall not extend below the ear on the sides or below the shirt collar in the rear. The bulk of the hair may not be excessive or present a ragged or unkempt appearance. Female explorers in uniform shall be required to place their hair in a neat bun or other similar compact appearance to conform to these standards.  Extreme, eccentric, or trendy haircuts or hairstyles (i.e spiked hair, Mohawks, etc.) are prohibited. Explorers may not cut designs into their hair or scalp. Dyed hair is allowed,

 

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     however it shall be a conservative color, no exotic colors. Hair must be evenly trimmed and clean at all times while on duty. The hair shall not touch, or  

     exceed past the collar while in uniform, and must be kept in a presentable manner for both males and females.

 

15)  Facial hair (i.e beards, goatees) other than mustaches shall be prohibited. Mustaches will not extend more than ½ inch below the lower lip. Mustaches will not present a chopped off or bushy appearance. Sideburns shall not extend below the ear lobe and must be kept neatly trimmed. Sideburns must not be flared; the base of the sideburn will be a clean-shaven, horizontal line.

 

16)  Nail polish is not allowed while in uniform, or while taking part in an Explorer event.

 

17)  Plain black shoes or boots, black socks as well as a plain black leather belt will be worn.

 

18)  The approved meeting and detail uniform as of July 2005 is the gray polo shirt, BDU pants and baseball hat. This will be the accepted uniform for all activities unless the advisors deem the dress uniform or other post clothing to be appropriate for certain details or events.

 

19)  Failure of an Explorer to show up for a detail in the proper uniform attire form that activity will subject that Explorer to being sent home and not allowed to work. The proper dress for each detail will be announced in advance.

 

20)  Post officers will wear the collar insignia for their rank on any uniform shirt, polo shirt or the post issued jacket on the collar where they will be visible.

 

21)   Post officers will wear rank stripes for their rank only on dress uniform shirts.

 

22)   Each explorer will be photographed by the Quartermaster’s office personnel and a civilian department photo identification card will be issued to them. These cards will be used to identify an explorer only, not to be used to get out of speeding tickets or other trouble. Misuse of a department photo identification card by an explorer will be grounds for disciplinary action pending an investigation by the advisors. Once an explorer resigns or is terminated from the post, this identification card must be turned in. Failure to return this card will result in action being taken by the advisors to recover this department property. A procedure will be established in regards to lost or stolen identification cards as well as the procedure and cost to an explorer to replace it.

 

23)  Failure to comply with these policies may, at the discretion of the post advisor(s) and the Board of Directors, result in disciplinary action against the offending party including removal from an Explorer activity.

 


 

 Section 11: Rank Structure and Promotions Policy

1)  The Post shall consist of the following levels of rank:

                                     

       A) One (1) Captain

       B) Minimum of One (1) Lieutenant

       C) Minimum of One (1) Master Sergeant

       D) Minimum of Three (3) Sergeants

       D) Minimum of Three (3) Corporals

       E) Master Patrol Officer (rank is at the discretion of the advisors)

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2)  There shall be at maximum, one (1) Captain in the Post at any one time. To be promoted to the rank of Captain, a member must hold the rank of Lieutenant for a minimum of two (2) years, and must have attended the Explorer Police Academy for two (2) years.

 

3)  There shall be a minimum of one (1) Lieutenant in the post at any one time. To be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, a member must hold the rank of Master Sergeant or Sergeant for at least two (2) years, and must have attended the Explorer Police Academy for twp (2) years. 

 

4) There shall be a minimum of one (1) Master Sergeant at all times. The ratio of Sergeants to Privates shall be at least one Sergeant for every 5-8 Post members regardless of rank Lieutenant made to maintain the chain of command. To be promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant, a member must hold the rank of Sergeant for at least two (2) years, and must have attended the Explorer Police Academy for twp (2) years. 

 

5)  There shall be a minimum of one (1) Sergeant at all times. The ratio of Sergeants to Privates shall be at least one Sergeant for every 5-8 Post members regardless of rank. To be considered for the rank of Sergeant, a member must have been a member of the Post for at least one (1) year, and be in good standings within the Post.

 

6)  There shall be a minimum of one (1) Corporal at all times. A member must be an explorer for (1) year, and must have attended the Explorer Police Academy for one (1) year..

 

7)  The rank of Master Patrol Officer is an honorary/appointed position. This position will be one that is appointed by the post advisors. To be considered for this position a member must be active member of the post for at least eight (8) months.

 

8) With the exception of Master Patrol Officer and Private, in order to obtain any rank, besides the above listed requirements, an Explorer must take, and pass a written exam composed of Explorer procedures, and subject matter learned in training sessions.

 

9) Upon successfully passing the written exam, the Explorer seeking promotion shall then take an oral exam before a committee composed of supervisory personnel of the Waterbury Police Department. A list shall then be established, and any extra points to be awarded based on training, or seniority shall be awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

 

10)  The chain of command must be used at all times, and all Explorers are expected to follow it, and to show proper respect to ranking Explorers regardless of seniority in the post. Insubordination will not be tolerated, and will be met with disciplinary action as prescribed in the Discipline Section of these by-laws.

 

11)  Any ranking officer may be demoted for any violation of these by-laws, or for conduct unbecoming an officer of the post. A majority vote of the Executive Board is necessary to demote, and the final decision on action to be taken will be made by the advisor(s), and the Board of Directors.

 

12)  Field promotions will be made by the advisor present at a detail. Field promotions will be decided at each detail as deemed necessary. A field promotion will last only as long as the detail lasts. 

 

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 Duties of the Captain

The Captain shall: answer directly to the post advisors, be responsible for communication between the explorers and advisors, will conduct all uniform inspections, coordinate all explorer ride-a-longs with the Police Department, be responsible for the supervision and evaluation of the post Lieutenant, act as chairman of the Internal Affairs Division, preside over and run all weekly and special meetings, attend council, district and other out of town meetings, develop an agenda for the year, maintain a good channel of communication with the Police Department, and oversee all post matters not listed.  The Captain will be responsible for setting up a monthly meeting to plan the upcoming month’s activities and conduct any other leadership business with the advisors.

 

 Duties of the Lieutenant

The Lieutenant shall: assume all the duties of post Captain when the post Captain is absent or a vacancy occurs in that office, answer directly to the Captain and advisors, share the responsibilities of coordinating all post details and training sessions with the Captain, supervise and evaluate the Sergeant’s, supervise all administrative officers, take charge of welcoming all new members and assist them in filling out the registration forms, help the Captain with whatever duties the Captain requires him/her to do, oversee all post matters not covered. 

 

Duties of the Master Sargeant

The Master Sargeant shall: answer directly to the Lieutenant and Captain, assume the duties of the Lieutenant when the Lieutenant is absent and will supervise the Sergeants.

 

Duties if the Sergeants

The Sergeants shall: answer directly to the Master sergeant, a Sergeant will assume the duties of the Master Sergeant when the Master Sergeant is absent, will inspect all explorers at each meeting, call any explorer not present at a meeting or activity they signed up to work to determine the reason for the absence, record the reason for future review, inform all post members of any important information outside of post meetings, supervise all explorers while working details and activities, inspect all explorers before each detail and activity, keep records of which members were issued what equipment at each detail, collect and read all post incident reports before turning them over to the Lieutenant, oversee all other matters not covered as per the Captain.

 

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Post Officer’s Performance of Duties

All officers shall perform the duties of their position to the best of their abilities. They will put aside any differences while performing their duties. They shall treat each member of the post equally and fairly. An officer’s rank does not extend beyond post meetings and activities. All members of the post are equal when not involved in post activities. Any member that is found to be using their rank beyond post activities will be subject to an investigation by the post advisors and possible disciplinary action if it is warranted. All post officers are expected not to discuss any post problems or sensitive issues with anyone other than post officers and advisors. Any officers that are found to be doing so will be subject to disciplinary action by the post advisors.  Discipline may be a written reprimand, suspension, reduction in rank or any other action found by the post advisors to be suitable for the violation.

 


 

Section 12: Training Policy

1)  All Explorers are required to become certified in first aid and CPR as a condition of their involvement in the post. The necessary courses will be offered on a yearly basis by the post advisor(s)

 

2)  All Senior Explorers will attend the Explorer Police Academy for a period of one (1) week some oint during their first two years involvement in the post. This is a requirement of active membership. Explorer participation prior to the academy will determine if they are eligible to attend at the post’s expense or if they have to pay themselves.

 

3) Explorers are required to have a field notebook on their person during all meetingsand during any Explorer function to keep orders, notes, and any other pertinent information on hand if needed. Explorers are also required to carry 2 pens at all times.

 

4) Before taking part in any training of a physical nature (i.e. physical agility exam, defensive tactics, etc.) the Explorer must furnish a permission form signed by their parent or guardian allowing them to take part in such activities as well as a medical certificate signed by their doctor allowing them to take part in any physical training. If the Explorer does not provide the necessary forms, they will not be allowed to take part n these activities.

 

5)  Any Explorer who misses part one of any two part training session may not take part in the second part until they have completed the missed training session.

 

6) Training sessions will be offered at Thursday meetings after the regular business meeting.

 


 

Section 13: Vehicle Policy

1) Any Explorer event requiring the Explorers to be transported to a location away from the police training division must be provided either by the parent, or by an advisor(s) from a centralized drop-off location. Any exceptions to this rule must be approved by the post advisor(s) before being allowed to occur.

 

2) Both Waterbury Police Department policy and the policy of the Boy Scouts of America forbid any Explorer from operating any marked police vehicle at any time. Any Explorer found to be in violation of this policy will be immediately suspended pending disciplinary action. 

 

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3) Waterbury Police Department Policy states that no one other than a city employee may operate any post vehicle that is registered to and insured by the city.

 


 

Section 14: Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Policy

1) The use of alcohol or illicit narcotics by any explorer of Post 4141 is strictly forbidden and in direct conflict with what the Explorer program is based upon. Therefore, it will not be tolerated for any reason, and violation of this policy will constitute grounds for dismissal from the Explorer program.

 

2) Those explorers of legal age to smoke may not smoke or chew any tobacco products while in Explorer uniform, or while taking part in any Explorer function. Any explorer under the legal age found smoking or chewing tobacco products may be subject to suspension and/or termination. This is a direct violation of Connecticut law regarding the sale of cigarettes or tobacco products to minors.

 


 

Section 15: Firearms Education Policy

Purpose

The Waterbury Police Explorers Post 4141 is a program for young men and women between the ages of 14 to 21 years old that provides an alternative to negative influences frequently encountered by today’s youth while providing the opportunity to gain insight into the field of law enforcement.  As a requirement of this program, the participants are expected to have a working knowledge of safe firearm handling and basic marksmanship. To that end, this policy will address the necessary requirements for participation in the Waterbury Police Explorer Firearms Training Program.

 

Safety Procedures

The following are safety procedures that must be adhered to during any firearms training involving members of Post 4141:

 

1. While on the firing range, all Explorers are expected to wear a baseball style hat with brim facing forward, closed neck shirt, and hearing as well as eye protection at all times during live fire. Hearing and eye protection will be provided to each Explorer by Post 4141.

 

2. Explorers are expected to wear their class B uniform during live fire training with the exception that a Post 4141 t-shirt may be substituted for the gray uniform polo shirt.

 

3. All persons on the range are expected to adhere to the range safety rules at all times. Failure to do so will result in immediate removal from the range and disciplinary action up to and including termination.

 

4. No more than (6) six Explorers will be allowed to take part in live fire drills on any given training day.

 

5.  A minimum of one POST certified firearms instructor from the Waterbury Police Department must be present on the range at all times during any live fire training or drills. Decisions made by the firearms instructor(s) regarding any activity on the range are final.

  

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6. Shooting coaches assisting in training during live fire exercises must be sworn members of the Waterbury Police Department with a ratio of no more than two shooters for each coach.

 

7.  Civilian Advisors may attend firearms training sessions, but may not act as instructors or coaches. Civilian Advisors may assist the instructors and coaches as needed at the discretion of the firearms instructor on site.

 

8. Explorers are forbidden by Boy Scout rules to take part in any live fire combat style shooting.

 

9. Explorers are forbidden to use or possess any firearms or ammunition except that which is provided during sanctioned training sessions supervised by Waterbury Police Department sworn personnel.

 

10.  Any horseplay will not be tolerated and will lead to removal from the classroom or range, and disciplinary action.

 

11.  Explorers are forbidden to leave the training area for any reason while in possession of a firearm or ammunition.

 

12.  All Explorers taking part in live fire training shall be required to wear a bulletproof vest supplied by Post 4141 at all times while on the firing line.

 

13.  The range will be closed to all other shooters during live fire training exercises.

 

Requirements for Explorers

In order to take part in the Firearms Training Program, an Explorer must meet the following requirements:

 

1.      The Explorer must be a member of Post 4141 in good standing

 

2.      The Explorer must demonstrate the proper level of maturity for such training

 

3.      The Explorer must attend all classroom training sessions in succession prior to being allowed to take part in any live fire exercises.

 

4.      Explorers are to remain courteous and respectful to firearms instructor(s) and coaches during the classroom and live fire training sessions at all times.

 

5.      Trainees, probationary members, or those with a history of disciplinary issues are forbidden to take part in the Firearms Training Program.

 

6.      Each Explorer taking part in the Firearms Training Program must have a signed waiver from a parent or legal guardian giving that Explorer permission to take part in the program. Said waiver shall be provided by Post 4141 and returned in a timely fashion to the Post Senior Advisor. Failure to provide such waiver will prevent the Explorer from taking part in any firearms training.

  

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       8.      The Explorer must be free of any medical condition that would preclude them from taking part in the live fire portion of the training and should

          immediately notify the firearms instructor on site of any concerns regarding their physical fitness to take part in live fire training.

 

9.      The Explorer will immediately obey all instructions given by the firearms instructor(s) or coaches while in class or on the range. 

 

Training Requirements

Prior to taking part in any live fire training, the Explorer must successfully complete the following training requirements:

 

  1. A minimum (8) eight hour training class on basic firearms taught by a POST certified firearms instructor to include:
    1. Firearms/Range safety rules
    2. Firearm nomenclature
    3. Basic firearm handling
    4. Stance/Grip
    5. Sighting system
    6. Trigger control
    7. Primary malfunctions
    8. Basic tactics
    9. Proper firearm cleaning and care
    10. Safe storage of firearms

 

  1. A minimum of a (4) four hour class on the use of force and shooting decisions taught by a POST certified firearms instructor to include:
    1. Use of force continuum
    2. Legal issues regarding use of deadly physical force
    3. Justification of the use of deadly physical force
    4. Shoot/Don’t shoot
    5. Active shooter awareness

     3All Explorers will be expected to take and pass a written exam administered by the firearms instructor with a minimum passing grade of 70% prior to

       being allowed to take part in any live fire training exercises.

  

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  1. New shooters will be allowed to shoot .22 pistols from the benched position only.  Advanced shooters will be allowed to fire a weapon similar to the issued duty weapon of the Waterbury Police Department from a holstered or low/high ready position. The weapon used by an Explorer during training is at the discretion of the firearms instructor on site.    

     5.   Training will take place on static targets only and said targets will be the POST approved CM-5 “bad guy” targets. The exception will be new

         shooters who will shoot at training bulls eye targets or paper plates.

 

Section 16: Ride-a-long Program and Policy

Objective

This is a law enforcement program designed to expose the police explore to hands on police training. The purpose of the ride-a-long program is to provide the Explorer with a first hand knowledge of patrol functions as well as a broader knowledge of basic police procedures. It supplements classroom training in basic police procedures through observation and conversation with police officers during their performance of routine patrol functions.

 

Qualifications

An explorer MUST be 16 years of age or older.

 

An explorer must successfully complete their probationary period.

 

An Explorer taking part in the ride along program shall be certified in First Aid and CPR. Said certification must be obtained through attendance in a sanctioned certification class taught by a certified CPR/First Aid instructor.

 

An explorer must have a written parental permission form signed by both the parent/guardian and the participating Explorer. The parental permission form must also be witnessed by a member of the Explorer Board.  

 

An explorer must not be behind in dues.

 

An explorer must participate in other post activities and keep up good attendance standings in the post.

 

An explorer must have completed the first Phase of the Explorer Police Academy or equivalent training program.

 

An explorer must have a complete and presentable uniform. The uniform of the day will be decided by an Advisor and/or member of the Explorer Board prior to the scheduled ride-a-long.

 

An explorer must demonstrate to the post advisors that they are comfortable going out on patrol with a police officer. They must also understand what to expect while working with a police officer.

 

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The explorer must completely understand and follow all of the rules of the ride-a-long program.

 

If an Advisor feels that an explorer is not ready to participate in the ride-a-long program, then they will not grant that explorer permission to ride.  The key factor of this program is the safety of the explorer and the police officer they are riding with.

 

The Advisors have the right to terminate or suspend any explorer’s ride-a-long privileges for any violation of the above rules.

 

An explorer must be able to use and effectively communicate in the Police Department’s radio signals.

 

What the Explorer Will Do During Ride-a-long

The explorer will be allowed to participate in the following situations while doing ride-a-long.  Anything that an explorer is allowed to do while riding along is completely up to the Officer /Advisor. It is not a guarantee that an explorer will be allowed to do all of the following.

 

1) Help investigate past crimes.

2) Respond to and assist at accident scenes (BSI protocol must be taken when any bodily fluids are present).

3) Respond and assist at Medical Emergencies (BSI protocol must be taken when any bodily fluids are present).

4) Respond to minor complaints

5) Respond to fires and fire alarms

6) Assist people with disabled motor vehicles.

7) Conduct traffic when necessary and at the discretion of the officer.

 

                                               **NOTE**

A Police Explorer traffic vest MUST be worn any time an explorer is in an active roadway

 

Any other activities that the police officer may deem safe and educational for the explorer to participate in.

 

                                                       *NOTE*

No explorer will be taken into a dangerous situation.  An explorer will either be dropped off at a safe location with the dispatcher’s knowledge of the location or will remain in the patrol car at the scene.  An explorer that remains in the patrol car is strongly advised to pay attention to all the radio transmissions. Be aware of what is going on around the patrol car, not just what is being said on the radio.  An explorer should not use the radio unless it is an extreme emergency where they are in danger.  Unnecessary transmissions to the dispatcher could endanger the life of the officer the explorer is riding with.  It is recommended when it is possible and with the permission of the officer, that every explorer doing ride-a-long carry a police portable with them.  These portables are not to be used unless absolutely necessary. All transmissions made by the explorer over these radios will be about police business only. Abuse of this radio rule will result in the explorers not being allowed to carry a police portable at all.

 

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Ride-a-long Restrictions

1) No explorer will get physically involved in any situations unless instructed to by the officer they are riding with.

 

2) All explorers will obey all of the commands they are given by the officer they are riding with.

 

3) An explorer will be dropped off in a safe location or remain in the patrol car when the officer they are riding with must respond to a dangerous call.

 

4) Explorers are not allowed in any establishment that serves alcohol.

 

5) Explorers will remain in the patrol car on motor vehicle stops unless instructed otherwise by the officer they are riding with.

 

6)  No explorer can do ride-a-long without prior knowledge of the advisors. If an explorer can not make a ride-a-long shift they signed up for, they must notify the Police Department as well as an advisor or officer.

 

7)  Any information that an explorer may learn while doing ride-a-long or being in the police station is to be considered privileged and confidential information. No explorer is allowed to give any of this information to anyone outside of the Waterbury Police Department or any other members of the post. Any violation of this rule will be dealt with in a severe manner. A serious violation of this rule may result in immediate dismissal of an explorer from the post. A violation of this rule can result in a stopping of the ride-a-long program by the Police Department. The ride-a-long program is conducted at the invitation of the police department and is not a guaranteed privileged.

 

8)  An explorer can not give out legal advice of any type to members of the public. All such questions are to be directed to the police officer that the explorer is riding with. 

Police Explorers ARE NOT Police Officers and should act accordingly.

 

Weapons

 

Explorers are forbidden to possess any weapons at any time while riding with officers.

 

The definition of what is a weapon is at the discretion of the Advisor or officer to whom the Explorer is assigned and includes, but is not limited to the following: pocket, jack or any other type of knife, night stick, PR24 or expandable baton, flash lights larger than 3D-cells, black jack, leather sap, lead lined gloves, fire arms of any type, pellet gun, thumb cuffs or claws, or any other object that may be considered a weapon under the law.

 


 

Section 17: Advisor Responsibilities

1)  All persons wishing to be an advisor to Post 4141 must first submit an application and upon approval of the Board of Directors, serve a probationary period of at least six (6) months.

 

2) By policy, all trips, outings, or events must have two (2) adult leaders; (an advisor and a parent of a participant are sufficient) approved by the Board of Directors.

 

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3)  All co-ed overnight activities, (i.e. Explorer Academy) require both a male, and female adult leaders are present during the duration of the event.

 

4)  While taking part in any Explorer event, advisors are to refrain from the consumption of alcohol while involved in any activity with the explorer’s.

 

5) Advisors will not allow male and female explorers to room together at any time during an Explorer sanctioned event, nor will male and female advisors room together unless married and appropriate sleeping arrangements are available.

 

6)All vehicles used by advisors to transport Explorers to any activity must be covered by Liability Insurance. Any vehicle for 10 or more passengers is required to have coverage limits of $100,000/$500,000/$100,000, or $500,000 of single limit coverage.

 

7) All vehicle occupants must wear seatbelts at all times during vehicle trips.

 

8) All driving except for short trips will be made during daylight hours when possible.

 

9) Driving time for any extended trip will be done at a maximum of ten (10) hours per day and must be interrupted by frequent rest, food, and recreation stops. If only one driver is available, driving time must be reduced.

 

10) Advisors must maintain appropriate standards of attire at all times during Explorer events.

 

11) Badges may only be worn by sworn police personnel, or as authorized by the Board of Directors.

 

13)  Advisors may not room with Explorers on overnight events.

 

14)  All post activities require at least 1 certified police officer/advisor to be present. In the event that a certified officer/advisor is not available for an activity, a civilian advisor may run an activity. This will only be done with the prior approval of the Assistant Deputy Chief of Police or his designee. At no time will a civilian advisor run a detail with out the knowledge of the certified officers/advisors & the approval of the Assistant Deputy Chief of Police.

 


 

Section 18: Board of Directors

A board of directors made up of current officers of the Waterbury Police Department act as the guiding body for this organization. The make up of this board is as follows: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Board Members The Board of Directors was resurrected on November 7, 2007 at the direction of the Chief of Police after a 3 year absence due to 3 of the 4 former members of the board retiring and not being replaced.

 

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Section 19: Sexual Harassment Policy

I.  PURPOSE:  The purpose of this policy is to maintain a healthy work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity and to provide procedures for reporting, investigating and resolving complaints of harassment and discrimination.

 

II. POLICY:   It is the policy of the Waterbury Police Department to follow the guidelines and procedures set forth in the City of Waterbury’s Harassment in the Workplace Policy.

 

III. PROCEDURES:

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT - OTHER FORMS OF HARASSMENT

Harassment of an employee by a supervisor or co-worker on the basis of sex or inclusion in a protected class under law creates a harmful working environment and is illegal under state and federal law. It is the policy of the City of Waterbury to maintain a working environment free from harassment, insults or intimidation on the basis of an employee's sex or inclusion in a protected class. While this policy specifically addresses sexual harassment, the City will not tolerate harassment on any other basis as well (see section B, below).

 

A.          Sexual Harassment

 

1. Verbal or physical conduct by a supervisor or co-worker relating to an employee's sex which has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, unreasonably interfering with the employee's work performance, or adversely affecting the employee's employment opportunities are prohibited.

 

    2. Sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as Connecticut General Statutes, Sec. 46a-60 (a) (8). Sexual harassment is generally defined under both state and federal law as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where:

 

* Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment;

 

                    * Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or

 

                    * Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individuals' work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

 

3.  Although not an exhaustive list, the following are examples of the type of conduct prohibited by the policy against sexual harassment:  

   

* Unwelcome sexual advances from a co-worker or supervisor, such as unwanted hugs, touches, or kisses;

 

* Unwelcome attention of a sexual nature, such as degrading, suggestive or lewd remarks or noises;

 

* Dirty jokes, derogatory or pornographic posters, cartoons or drawings;

 

 

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* The threat or suggestion that continued employment advancement, assignment or earnings depend on whether or not the employee will submit to or tolerate harassment; and

 

* Engaging in indecent exposure.

 

4.  Retaliation against any employee for complaining about sexual harassment is prohibited under this policy and illegal under state and federal law .Violations of this policy will not be permitted and may result in discipline up to and including discharge from the post. Individuals who engage in acts of sexual harassment may also be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

 

B. Procedures 

 

1. If any explorer believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment, they should immediately:

 

a) Make their unease and/or disapproval directly and immediately known to the harasser and direct them to stop their behavior.

 

b) Make a written record of the date, time, and nature of the incidents and the names of any witnesses

 

c) Report the incident to a post advisor. In the event that the explorer is uncomfortable discussing the matter with the an advisor of the opposite sex, the explorer should report the incident to an advisor of the same sex. Any advisor that receives such a complaint must immediately notify the senior advisor of the complaint.

 

C. Advisor Responsibility

 

Advisors must deal expeditiously and fairly with allegations of sexual harassment within the explorer post whether or not there has been a written or formal complaint.

 

Need to be alert to any sexual harassment and responsible for maintaining an environment free of harassment and to refrain from harassment at all times;

 

Responsible for promptly referring reports or complaints of sexual harassment to the Senior Advisor and Board of Directors if necessary.

 

Responsible for maintaining complete and thorough documentation of any reports or complaints of sexual harassment.

 

The Senior Advisor or his designee will be responsible for the investigation of the reports or complaints of harassment;

 

Appropriate disciplinary or other action will be taken based on the circumstances.

 

1.  Explorer supervisors who knowingly allow or tolerate sexual harassment are in violation of this policy and subject to disciplinary action. All incidents of sexual harassment or inappropriate sexual conduct should be reported immediately regardless of their seriousness. To the extent permitted by the law, the city will endeavor to keep such reports or complaints confidential, sharing them with others only on a need-to-know basis to enable their investigation and resolution. All reports or complaints of suspected sexual harassment will be investigated.

 

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Appropriate disciplinary or other action will be taken based on the circumstances.

 

2. Explorer supervisors who knowingly allow or tolerate sexual harassment are in violation of this policy and subject to disciplinary action. All incidents of sexual harassment or inappropriate sexual conduct should be reported immediately regardless of their seriousness. To the extent permitted by the law, the city will endeavor to keep such reports or complaints confidential, sharing them with others only on a need-to-know basis to enable their investigation and resolution. All reports or complaints of suspected sexual harassment will be investigated.

 

D. Other Forms of Harassment

 

1. While this policy generally addresses only sexual harassment, other types of harassment also are prohibited by federal or state law such as harassment on the basis of sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, marital status, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, mental retardation, learning disability or physical disability or age.

 

2. Therefore, members of the post should also report situations involving any of these other forms of harassment through the complaint and investigation procedure set forth above.

Any questions should be directed to the Senior Advisor.

 


 

Section 20: Tattoo Policy

Any tattoo, brand, or mutilation on the head, neck, scalp, or face must be covered by way of a uniform, business attire or neutral colored skin patch while on duty.  Tattoos, brands, or mutilations that are “inappropriate” or cover a significant portion of any other exposed body part (i.e arms, legs) also need to be covered by either a neutral colored skin patch, pants or a long sleeve shirt. If the explorer wears a long sleeve shirt to cover the tattoo(s), a tie need not be worn during the summer months. The post advisors and Board of Directors shall have final discretion as to which tattoos are considered “inappropriate”.  This includes, but is not limited to marks that advocate discrimination against gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin; gang affiliation, supremacist, or extremist group affiliation; drug use; sexually explicit acts; or other obscene material. Any explorer in disagreement with this policy, may appeal to the Board of Directors for consideration. 

 

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Section 21: Recognition, Commendation Medals and Awards    

 

In December of each year the post will hold an annual recognition and awards ceremony. During this ceremony the following awards will be handed out as appropriate.  

 

Excellent Service Medal – awarded for an act of intelligent and valuable service demonstrating special faithfulness or perseverance or highly creditable acts of service over a period of time, or for an act that demonstrates highly creditable integrity.     

 

Achievement Medal – awarded for an intelligent act materially contributing to a valuable accomplishment benefiting the Explorers or the public.   

 

Commendation Medal – awarded for an intelligent act, swiftly performed in the performance of duty, whereby the safety of the public benefited. 

 

Certificate of Recognition – an official recognition for active participation in an intelligent act that brought credit or benefit to the Waterbury Police Explorers.   

 

Explorer of the Year Award- selected by nominations from post members, advisors, Board members or police officers.   

 

National Police Explorer Recognition Awards- criteria for these awards is determined by Boy Scouts of America. A copy of the requirements for each award will be provided to any explorer, advisor or Board Member who wishes to have a copy.    

 

An awards committee will take nominations through out the year for explorers that are considered worthy of any of the above awards. Also the committee will evaluate each explorer’s performance to see if the meet the requirements for any of the national police explorer awards.

 


 

Section 22: Ethics Statement

 

As representatives of the Waterbury Police Department and the Boy Scouts of America, all Explorers are required to maintain the highest standards of behavior and integrity. 

Any Explorer involved in lying, cheating, plagiarism, or any activity that may compromise the integrity of the Explorer program will be subject to disciplinary action. This code of conduct applies not only to official Post activities, but also applies to the way each Explorer conducts their personal lives, including family and school.

 


 

Section 23: Closing Statement

The above by-laws are meant as a guideline for all activities involving the Waterbury Police Explorer Post 4141, and the conduct expected from both Explorers, and advisors of Post 4141. The by-laws are subject to review at any time by the appointed Board of Directors, and any questions concerning by-law change will be brought to the attention

of said board, for review, change, or clarification.

 

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