Missouri Laws > Title XIX > Chapter 306 > § 306.232 - Disciplinary action after probation permitted, when--complaint procedures
Current as of: 2009
306.232. 1. After a probation period of one year, members of the patrol shall be subject to removal, reduction in rank, or suspension of more than three days only for cause after a petition with a formal charge has been filed in writing before or by the commissioner and upon a finding and vote by a majority of a board of six patrol members after a hearing. The members of the board shall be randomly selected from districts or divisions other than that of the accused. The board shall be composed of six unbiased members including one nonvoting captain, one lieutenant, and four members of the same rank as the accused member. The randomly selected captain shall serve as presiding officer at the hearing. Within thirty days after the petition is filed, unless the accused consents to an extension of the time, the board shall conduct a hearing and report to the commissioner the finding and vote of the majority of the board, whether the charges are true, and what discipline, if any, should be imposed. All lawful rules, regulations, and orders of the commissioner shall be obeyed by the members of the patrol, who shall be subject to dismissal or one or more of the following as adjudged by the commissioner:
(1) Suspension without pay for not more than thirty days;
(2) Reduction in rank; or
(3) Disciplinary transfer at the member's expense.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent nondisciplinary transfers of members if the commissioner determines that such transfers are for the good of the patrol. No hearings shall be required in the case of reprimands or suspensions of three days or less which may be imposed at the discretion of the commissioner.
2. If a complaint is filed against a member, the member shall be provided a copy of the complaint promptly after the complaint is filed by or received by the patrol. Unless the member consents in writing to an earlier time, the member shall not be questioned by the patrol about the complaint or ordered to respond in writing to the complaint until forty-eight hours after the member has received a copy of the complaint. The member shall have a reasonable opportunity to have counsel present during any questioning related to the complaint. Prior to the commissioner or the patrol making an initial recommendation of discipline, the member shall be entitled to a copy of any investigation reports and any other written or recorded information or other evidence reviewed by the patrol which relates to the complaint; and the member will be afforded an opportunity to present a written response thereto.
3. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection or subsection 2 of this section to the contrary, the commissioner may postpone notifying a member that a complaint has been filed against him or her and may withhold the complaint and part or all of the investigation report and other evidence if the commissioner determines that such disclosures shall seriously interfere with the investigation regarding such complaint or any other investigation being conducted by the patrol or may likely jeopardize the health or safety of any person. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to limit the rights of parties to discovery in civil or criminal litigation.
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