SECTION 1. The city manager of the city of Cambridge may appoint, as the city
manager considers necessary, retired Cambridge police officers as special police officers
to perform police details or any duties arising from police details or during the course of
police detail work, whether or not related to the detail work. The city manager shall
have discretion to appoint only retired Cambridge police officers as special police
officers and shall establish department rules, procedures and policies concerning these
appointments. The city manager shall appoint retired Cambridge police officers who
served as regular Cambridge 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 5 years. Special police officers shall not be
subject to the same maximum age restrictions as applied to regular Cambridge police
officers under chapter 32 of the General Laws. Prior to appointment under this act, a
retired Cambridge 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 Cambridge police officer is capable of performing the essential
duties of a special police officer under this act. The cost of the medical examination
shall be borne by the retired Cambridge police officer.
SECTION 2. Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be subject to
chapter 31, section 99A of chapter 41, or chapter 150E of the General
SECTION 3. When performing the duties set forth in section 1, special police
officers shall have the same power to make arrests and to perform other police
functions as do regular police officers of the city of Cambridge.
SECTION 4. A special police officer shall be appointed for a 1-year term, subject to
renewal at the discretion of the city manager; provided, however, that a special police
officer shall be subject to suspension or removal by the city manager at his or her
discretion at any time. All benefits afforded to special police officers appointed under
this act shall terminate upon the conclusion of the employment term. A special police
officer’s appointment shall automatically terminate upon the officer’s 70th 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 may impose from time to time including, but not limited to, restrictions
on the type and number of detail assignments, requirements regarding medical
examinations to determine continuing fitness and 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 or liability insurance policy,
and requirements regarding uniforms and equipment. The police commissioner shall, at
the police commissioner’s discretion, set a schedule of fees associated with the costs of
training, medical examinations, equipment, uniforms and any other requirements
considered 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 Cambridge.
SECTION 7. Sections 100 and 111F of chapter 41 of the General Laws shall not
apply to special police officers appointed under this act. Sections 85H and 85H½ of
chapter 32 of the General Laws shall not apply to special police officers appointed under
SECTION 8. Appointment as a special police officer shall not entitle the appointee
to assignment to any detail.
SECTION 9. Retired Cambridge 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
SECTION 10. The City Manager as the appointing authority for the City will have
final say in all appointments and removals of special police officers under this act.
SECTION 11. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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