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  ( Title 4 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79. )

DIVISION 3. OFFICERS [36501 - 41805]

  ( Division 3 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79. )

PART 3. OTHER OFFICERS [40601 - 41805]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79. )

CHAPTER 6. Chief of Police [41601 - 41612]
  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79. )


For the suppression of riot, public tumult, disturbance of the peace, or resistance against the laws or public authorities in the lawful exercise of their functions, and for the execution of all orders of the local health officer issued for the purpose of preventing the spread of any contagious, infectious, or communicable disease, the chief of police has the powers conferred upon sheriffs by general law and in all respects is entitled to the same protection.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 478, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2006.)


His lawful orders shall be promptly executed by deputies, police officers, and watchmen in the city. Every citizen shall also lend his aid when required for the arrest of offenders and maintenance of public order.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79.)


He shall execute and return all process issued and directed to him by legal authority.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79.)


He has charge of the prisoners and of any city jail established by the legislative body.

(Amended by Stats. 1971, Ch. 907.)


For service of any process the chief of police shall receive the same fees as sheriffs. Fees of the chief of police for services in criminal actions or proceedings upon process issued from the city court are not a county charge.

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 931, Sec. 214. Effective September 28, 1998.)


The chief of police shall perform any license fee and tax collection services prescribed by ordinance.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79.)


He shall keep a detailed and up-to-date record of all fees for service of process or other money collected by his department or paid to him in his official capacity. The record shall be open for public inspection during office hours.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79.)


He shall immediately deposit with the city treasurer all money collected by his department as required by ordinance.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79.)


At least once a month, he shall file with the city clerk a detailed statement of all money handled by him in his official capacity during the preceding month.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79.)


He shall perform such other services as general law and the city ordinances require.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79.)


After possession is taken of any vehicle by or on behalf of any legal owner thereof under the terms of a security agreement or lease agreement, the debtor shall pay the chief of police or a parking authority operated by a city and county a fee of fifteen dollars ($15) for the receipt and filing of the report of repossession pursuant to Section 28 of the Vehicle Code before the vehicle may be redeemed by the debtor. Any person in possession of the vehicle shall not release it to the debtor without first obtaining proof of payment of the fee to the chief of police or parking authority. The proof of payment, or a copy thereof, shall be retained by the party releasing possession to the debtor for the period required by law. An individual working for a repossession agency licensed pursuant to Chapter 11 (commencing with Section 7500) of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code shall not pay the fee to, or retrieve the receipt from, the chief of police or parking authority.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 390, Sec. 8. (AB 2503) Effective September 17, 2014.)

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