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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3088        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2911


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Nick Collins


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:







Nick Collins

4th Suffolk

Geraldo Alicea

6th Worcester

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

William N. Brownsberger


Richard T. Moore


Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

William C. Galvin

6th Norfolk

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Stephen R. Canessa

12th Bristol

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Christopher N. Speranzo

3rd Berkshire

Richard Bastien

2nd Worcester

Stephen Stat Smith

28th Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex

Michael R. Knapik


Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Christopher G. Fallon

33rd Middlesex

David M. Nangle

17th Middlesex

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

Jennifer L. Flanagan


Steven M. Walsh

11th Essex

Demetrius J. Atsalis

2nd Barnstable

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

John V. Fernandes

10th Worcester

Katherine M. Clark

Middlesex and Essex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3088        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2911

By Mr. Collins of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2911) of Nick Collins and others for legislation to allow police officers to make arrests outside their territorial jurisdiction.  Public Safety and Homeland Security. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven





              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. Chapter 41, section 98 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following at the end of said section: -

              Police officers who are employed by any city or town, or by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Transit Police Department, shall have police authority in all criminal matters and in the enforcement of the law and in serving criminal process. The powers granted to police officers under this section may be exercised anywhere in the commonwealth.  Any officer who makes an arrest outside his or her territorial jurisdiction shall, as soon as practicable, turn the arrested person over to a state police officer or a police officer of the city or town where the offense occurred.  Should the State Police Barracks Commander, Chief of Police or officer in charge of a police department deem such as arrest to be unlawful, nothing in this section shall require him or her to book or process the arrest, or to file a criminal complaint against the person arrested.  Any officer who makes an arrest outside his or her territorial jurisdiction shall provide to the police department to whom the arrested person was transferred full and complete information about the arrest including but not limited to a written report. 

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