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Duty of treasurer.-All moneys received or appropriated for the use of said board shall be deposited with the treasurer of said board to its credit and subject to its order, and may be drawn upon by the proper officers of said board; the treasurer shall give good and sufficient bond to said board for the safe keeping and proper expenditure of all funds placed in his hands by or for the use of said board. [Laws 1897, p. 43.
SEC. 5. Records of proceedings to be kept and report to be made to mayor.-It shall be the duty of said board to keep a record of its proceedings and of its receipts, expenditures and operations, and shall annually render a full and complete itemized report stating the condition of their trust, together with such suggestions as they may deem of general interest to the mayor and common council of said cities, and the county courts of said counties: Provided, said board shall render reports concerning receipts, expenditures, operations, etc., whenever called for by the common council of said cities or the county court of said counties. [Laws 1897, p. 43.
Duty of board as to applicants for relief. -It shall be the duty of said board, when any person by himself, herself or another apply for relief, to make immediate inquiry into the state and circumstances of the applicant, and if it shall appear that he or she is in such indigent circumstances as to require temporary relief, the said board shall furnish, out of the funds in their hands, such relief as the circumstances of the case may require: Provided, that in all cases where the applicant for aid may be found deserving, and said applicant or a member of said applicant's family is an able bodied male person capable of performing manual labor, said board shall require such person to perform work to the value of the aid given, and the city engineer and the street commissioner of such cities in their respective departments are required to utilize the services of such able bodied persons upon receiving notice from said board that such person has received or is entitled to such aid. Where the applicant or a member of the
applicant's family is an able bodied female, said board shall, whenever practicable, require that labor to the value of the aid given be performed. [Laws 1897, p. 43.
SEC. 7. Duty of police commissioners to aid charity board.-It shall be the duty of the board of police commissioners of said cities and the health officers of said cities and counties, to render said charity board, its officers or agents, such aid as may be requested by them or either of them, whenever such aid requested shall reasonably come within the duties of said police board, its agents or officers or of the health officers aforesaid. [Laws 1897, p. 43.
SECTION 1. City ordinances defined.—The common council of cities of the second class is hereby empowered and authorized to pass all needful ordinances for preserving order, securing property and persons from violence, danger or destruction, protecting public and private property, and for promoting the general interest and insuring the good government of such city, but no ordinance heretofore passed, or that may hereafter be passed, by the common council of any such city, shall in any manner conflict or interfere with the powers
or the exercise of the powers of the board of police commissioners of such city as hereinafter created; nor shall such city, or any officer or agent of the corporation of such city, or the mayor thereof, in any manner impede, obstruct, hinder or interfere with the said board of police commissioners, or any officer or agent or servant therefor or thereunder. [R. S. 1889, Sec. 1446.
SEC. 2. repealed.
Charter creating office of chief of police So much of the charter, laws and ordinances of cities of the second class as authorize, create and establish the office of chief of police of such cities, and provide for the manner of filling of said office of chief of police, and so much of the charter and ordinances of such cities as authorize the common council and the mayor, or either of them, to appoint, pay and regulate the police of such cities, be and the same are hereby repealed. [R. S. 1889, Sec. 1447.
SEC. 3. Board of police commissioners established.--There shall be and is hereby established within and for cities of the second class a board of police, to be called the police commissioners of the city of. to consist
of three commissioners, as hereinafter provided. Said board shall appoint one of their number president, who shall preside at all meetings of the board. The said commissioners shall be citizens of the state of Missouri, and shall have been residents of such city for the period of two years prior to their appointment; and they shall, except as hereinafter provided, hold their offices for three years, and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified, and shall each receive a salary not to exceed five hundred dollars per annum, payable quarterly. Before entering on the duties of their said office, the said commissioners shall take and subscribe before the judge of the circuit court of the county in which any such city may be, or the clerk thereof in vacation, the oath or affirmation prescribed by the constitution of the state of Missouri, and they shall each, also, take and subscribe before the same judge or clerk
the further oath or affirmation that in any and every appointment or removal to be by them made to or from the police force created, and to be organized by them under section 1451, they will in no case, and under no pretext, appoint or remove any policeman or officer of police or other person under them, for or on account of the political opinions of such policeman, officer or other person, or for any other cause or reason than the fitness or unfitness of such person, in the best judgment of said commissioners, for the place to which he shall be appointed, or from which he shall be removed. The said oaths or affirmations shall be recorded and preserved among the records of said circuit court. One of their own number shall be appointed from time to time by said commissioners, treasurer of said board of police, and his appointment, when made, shall be certified to the clerk of the circuit court of such county, under the seal of said board. Said treasurer shall hold his office for such term as may be designated by the commissioners, who may remove him at pleasure, and he shall be entitled to two hundred dollars additional compensation per annum for acting in that capacity. Before he enters on the duties of his office as treasurer, he shall give bond to the state of Missouri, with one or more sureties, in the penal sum of twenty thousand dollars, conditioned for the faithful discharge of his duties as treasurer of the board of police, and for the faithful application and payment, pursuant to the order and direction of said board, of all moneys that may come to his hands as treasurer. bond of the treasurer shall be approved by the judge of the circuit court of such county, and shall be delivered to and safely kept by the comptroller of such city; a majority of the board of police shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. In case a vacancy shall occur in said board, the same shall be filled by the governor of the state of Missouri forthwith, after having been notified that such vacancy exists. Any one of said commissioners, who, during the term of his office, shall accept any other place of public trust or emolument, or who, during the same period, shall knowingly receive
any nomination for an elective office by the people without publicly declining the same within twenty days succeeding such nomination, shall be deemed to have thereby vacated his office. For official misconduct, any of said commissioners may be removed by the governor of the state of Missouri, upon his being fully satisfied that the commissioner or commissioners charged is or are guilty of the.alleged official misconduct. [R. S. 1889, Sec. 1448.
SEC. 4. Governor to appoint-term of office.-The governor of the state of Missouri shall, without unnecessary delay, appoint three commissioners, the senate concurring therein, as provided for in the preceding section; and said commissioners shall hold their office, one for one year, one for two years and one for three years from the date of their appointment and until their successors shall have been appointed and qualified. The governor shall issue commissions to the persons so appointed, designating the time for which they are severally appointed; and whenever the term of office of any commissioner expires, the appointment of his successor shall be for three years. [R. S. 1889, Sec. 1449.
SEC. 5. Duties of commissioners.-The duties of the board of police hereby created shall be as follows: They shall at all times of the day and night, within the boundaries of any city of the second class, as well on water as on land, preserve the public peace, prevent crime and arrest offenders, protect the rights of person or property, and guard the public health, preserve order at every public election and at all the public meetings and places, and on all public occasions, prevent and remove nuisances on all streets, alleys, highways, waters and other places, provide a proper police force at every fire for the protection of firemen and property, protect immigrants and travelers at steamboat landings and railway stations; see that all laws relating to elections and to the observance of Sunday, and relating to pawnbrokers, intemperance, lotteries and lottery policies, vagrants, disorderly persons, are enforced; and sup