Town Hall is located at16 N. 4th street
P.O. Box 667
Chatsworth, Illinois 60921
Hours of operation are:Monday - Friday:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Closed on the following Holidays:
New Year's Day
Friday after Thanksgiving
6.1 CREATION OF DEPARTMENT: There is hereby created a Police Department, an executive department of the Town. The Police Department shall consist of the Chief of Police and of such other members as may be provided from time to time by the President and Board of Trustees.
6.2 OFFICE OF CHIEF CREATED: There is hereby created the office of Chief of Police. The Chief of Policy shall be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees, and he shall be ex-officio Town Marshall and Superintendent of Police.
6.3 DUTIES OF THE CHIEF: The Chief of Police shall be the keeper of the Town jail, and shall have custody of all persons incarcerated therein. He shall keep such records and make such reports concerning the activities of his Department as may be required by the Statute or by the President and Board of Trustees. The chief shall be responsible for the performance of the Police Department, in all of its functions, and all persons who are members of the Department shall serve subject to the orders of the Chief of Police.
6.4 DUTIES: It shall be the duty of the members of the Police Department to see to the enforcement of all of the ordinances of the Village and all Statutes applicable herein; and to preserve order and prevent infractions of the law, and arrest violators hereof.
6.6 CONDUCT OF MEMBERS: It shall be the duty of every member of the Police Department to conduct himself, or herself, in a proper and law abiding manner at all times, and to avoid the use of unnecessary force. Each member of the Department shall obey the orders and directions of his superior.
6.7 WITNESS FEE: Any member of the Police Department shall appear as witness whenever this is necessary in a prosecution for a violation of an ordinance or of any State or Federal law. No such member shall retain any witness fee for service as witness in any action or suit to which the Town is a party; and fees paid for such services shall be turned over to the Chief of Police, who shall deposit the same with the Town Treasurer.
6.8 RULES AND REGULATIONS: The Chief of Police may make or prescribe such rules and regulations for the hours of duty, vacations, uniforms and conduct of the members of the Police Department as he shall deem advisable, and such rules, when approved by the Mayor and Board of Trustees, shall be binding on such members.
6.9 AUXILIARY POLICE: The Mayor of the Board of Trustees of the Town, with the advice and consent of the Town Board, may appoint auxiliary policemen in such number as the corporate authorities shall from time to time deem necessary. Such auxiliary policemen shall not be members of the regular Police Department of the Town. No such auxiliary policeman shall be entitled to any compensation from the Town nor shall such auxiliary policeman be considered as any employee of the Town by reason of such appointment. Such auxiliary policemen shall not supplant members of the regular Police Department of the Town in the performance of the assigned and normal duties, except as otherwise provided herein. Such auxiliary police members shall only be assigned to perform the following duties in the Town: to aid or direct traffic within the Town, to aid in control of natural or man—made disasters, to aid in case of civil disorder as directed by the Chief of Police; provided, that in cases which render it impractical for members of the regular Police Department to perform the normal and regular police duties, the Chief of Police of the regular Police Department is hereby authorized to assign auxiliary policemen to perform such normal and regular police duties. Identification symbols worn by such auxiliary policemen shall be different and distinct from those used by members of the regular Police Department. Such auxiliary policemen shall, at all times during the performance of their duties, be subject to the direction and control of the Chief of Police. Such auxiliary police shall not carry firearms, except with the permission of the Chief of Police, and while in uniform and in the performance of their duties. Auxiliary policemen, prior to entering upon any of their duties, shall receive a course of training in the use of weapons and other police procedures as shall be appropriate in the exercise of the powers conferred upon them. No person shall be appointed as an auxiliary policeman if he has been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude.
6.11 AIDING POLICE: Any police officer of the Town may, at any time, call upon any able-bodied male person, above the age of twenty one (21) years, to aid him in arresting or taking into custody any person guilty of having committed any unlawful act, or charged therewith, or aid such officer in preventing the commission of any unlawful act. It shall be unlawful to refuse or neglect to give such aid or assistance, when so requested.
6.12 RESISTING ARREST; HINDERING POLICE; AIDING PRISONERS TO ESCAPE: It shall be unlawful for any person to resist any member of the police force in the discharge of his duty, or to in any way interfere with or prevent him from discharging his duty, or endeavor to do so; and in any manner to assist any person in the custody of any member of the police force to escape or attempt to escape from such custody.
6.13 CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD INFORMATION PREPARATION FEE: A fee of ten dollars ($10.00) for the preparation and processing of an individual criminal history record shall be paid to the Town at the time an individual applies for a copy of his or her criminal history record.
6.14 POLICE SERVICES BY CONTRACT: In lieu of creating its own police department, the Town may contract with the Sheriff of Livingston County, Illinois, or any other police department or police departments, to furnish police services to the Town of Chatsworth. Such contract may negate such provisions of this Chapter which the Town Board determines to be inappropriate.