Section 1. The Police Commissioner of the City of Boston, as the appointing authority, may appoint, as the Commissioner deems necessary, retired Boston police officers as special police officers to perform police details or any duties arising therefrom or during the course of police detail work, whether or not related to the detail work. The Police Commissioner shall have sole discretion to appoint retired Boston police officers as special police officers and shall establish all Department rules, procedures and policies concerning such appointments. The Police Commissioner shall appoint retired Boston police offers who served as regular Boston police officers and are retired based on superannuation. No retired police officer shall be appointed under this act as a special police officer if that officer has been retired for more than four and one half years. The special police officers shall not be subject to the same maximum age restrictions as applied to regular Boston police officers under chapter 32 of the General Laws, but shall not be eligible to serve as special police officers if they have reached the age of 68. Prior to appointment under this act, a retired Boston police officer shall pass a medical examination by a physician or other certified professional chosen, or agreed to, by the Department to determine whether the retired Boston police officer is capable of performing the essential duties of a special police officer under this act, the cost of which shall be borne by the retired Boston police officer.
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, chapter 150E of the General Laws, or chapter 151A of the General Laws.
Section 3. Special police officers shall, when performing the duties under section one, have the same power to make arrests and perform other police functions as do regular police officers of the City of Boston.
Section 4. Special police officers shall be appointed for a one year term, subject to renewal at the Police Commissioner’s discretion. Notwithstanding, special police officers shall be subject to suspension or removal by the Police Commissioner at any time. All benefits afforded to special police officers appointed under this act shall terminate upon the conclusion of the employment term. The special police officer’s appointment shall automatically terminate upon the officer’s 68th birthday.
Section 5. Special police officers appointed under this act shall be subject to the rules and regulations, policies and procedures and requirements as the Police Commissioner of the City of Boston may impose from time to time, including, but not limited to, 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 licensing and qualifications, requirements for maintaining of a medical and/or liability insurance policy, and requirements regarding uniforms and equipment. The Police Commissioner shall, a his discretion, set a schedule of fees associated with the costs of training, medical examinations, equipment, uniforms, and any other requirements deemed necessary by the Police Commissioner, that shall be paid by the special police officer appointed under this act. 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 in by the Police Commissioner for the City of Boston, Massachusetts.
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 section 111F of 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 before the incapacity, the limitation on earning contained in paragraph (b) of section 91 of chapter 32 of the General Laws. Payment under section 111F of chapter 41 shall terminate in accordance with section 111F or at the conclusion of the employment term, whichever occurs sooner. Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be subject to section 85H or 84H ½ of chapter 32, nor eligible for any benefits pursuant thereto.
Section 8. Appointment as a special police officer does not entitle that person to assignment to any detail.
Section 9. Retired Boston police officers serving as special police officers under this act shall be subject to the limitations on hours worked and on earnings restrictions as provided in paragraph (b) of section 91 of chapter 32 of the General Laws.
Section 10. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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