HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4690        FILED ON: 12/12/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 4273

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Alice Hanlon Peisch and Michael J. Barrett

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the appointment of retired police officers as special police officers in the town of Weston.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

12/11/2019

Michael J. Barrett

Third Middlesex

12/12/2019

 



HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4690        FILED ON: 12/12/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 4273

By Representative Peisch of Wellesley and Senator Barrett, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4273) of Alice Hanlon Peisch and Michael J. Barrett (by vote of the town) relative to the appointment of retired police officers as special police officers in the town of Weston.  Public Service.  [Local Approval Received.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act relative to the appointment of retired police officers as special police officers in the town of Weston.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1.  The Town Manager of the Town of Weston may appoint, at the recommendation of the Chief of Police and as the Chief of Police deems necessary, retired police officers as special police officers for the purpose of performing police details or any police duties arising therefrom or during the course of police detail work, whether or not related to the detail work. Such retired police officers must have been regular full-time police officers who voluntarily retired based upon superannuation. The special police officers shall be subject to the same maximum age restriction as applied to regular police officers under chapter 32 of General Laws. Such special police officers must prior to their appointment pass a medical examination by a physician chosen by the Town, to determine that they are capable of performing the essential duties of a special police officer, the cost of which shall be borne by the special police officers and shall provide certification to the town that they are covered by personal health insurance.

SECTION 2.  Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be subject to chapter 31 of the General Laws, section 99A of chapter 41 of the General Laws, or chapter 150E of the General Laws. Special police officers appointed under this act shall be subject to chapter 151A of the General Laws.

SECTION 3.  Special police officers appointed under this act shall, when performing the duties under section 1, have the same power to make arrests and to perform other police functions as do regular police officers of the Town of Weston.

SECTION 4.  Special police officers shall be appointed for an indefinite term to serve at the pleasure of the Town Manager, subject to removal by the Town Manager at any time with a 14-day written notice.

SECTION 5.  Special police officers appointed under this act shall be subject to the rules and regulations, policies and procedures and requirements of the Police Department and the Chief of Police of the Town of Weston , including restrictions on the type of detail assignments, requirements regarding medical examinations to determine continuing capability to perform the duties of a special police officer, requirements for training, requirements for firearms qualifications and licensing, and  requirements regarding uniforms and equipment. Compliance with all requirements will be at no cost to the Town of Weston. Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be subject to section 96B of chapter 41 of the General Laws.

SECTION 6.  Special police officers appointed under this act shall be sworn before the town clerk of the Town of Weston who shall keep a record of all such appointments.

SECTION 7.  Special police officers appointed under this act shall be subject to sections 100 and 111F of chapter 41 of the General Laws. The amount payable under said section 111F of said chapter 41 shall be calculated by averaging the amount earned over the prior 52 weeks as a special police officer working police details, or averaged over such lesser period of time for any officer designated as a special police officer less than 52 weeks prior to the incapacity. In no event shall payment under said section 111F of said chapter 41 exceed, in any calendar year, the limitation on earning contained in paragraph (b) of section 91 of chapter 32 of the General Laws. Payment under said section 111F of said chapter 41 shall terminate either when a physician designated by the Town determines that the disability no longer exists or when a special police officer reaches the age of 65. In the event the age limitation applicable to regular police officers serving a town is increased from 65 years of age, the termination of benefits under said section 111F of said chapter 41, as provided here in to special police officers, shall terminate at such a higher age limit, but in no event shall the benefits extend beyond the age of 70 for any special police officer. Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be subject to section 85H or 85H1/2 of said chapter 32, nor eligible for any benefits pursuant thereto.

SECTION 8.  Appointment as a special police officer under this act shall entitle any individual appointed as such to assignment to any detail. Special police officers shall be paid the detail rate applicable to regular full-time officers but shall not be entitled to any other town benefits. 

SECTION 9.  Retired police officers, serving as special police officers under this act, shall be subject to the limitations on hours worked and on payments to retired town employees under paragraph (b) of section 91 of chapter 32 of the General Laws.

SECTION 10.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.