Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section 10L of chapter 147 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1984 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 5, the words "and ten K" and inserting in place thereof the words:- ten K, and ten M.
SECTION 2. Said chapter 147 is hereby further amended by inserting after section 10L the following section:-
Section 10M. The commissioner may at the request of the director of the bureau of special investigations with the approval of the fraudulent claims commission, appoint as special police officers employees of said bureau who have undergone training as required by said commissioner. Such special police officers shall serve for one year, subject to removal by the commissioner, and they shall have and exercise throughout the commonwealth the same powers as state police officers to serve warrants and other criminal processes for any criminal offense resulting from either a fraudulent claim for payment or services under any assistance program administered by the department of public welfare or any program administered by the department of social services or a receipt of payment or services by a person not entitled thereto or for any violation of chapter two hundred and seventy-three relative to the support of spouses and children for whom the department of public welfare is entitled to receive payment, or in whose behalf said department is giving aid; except, that said officers shall not have the authority to arrest without a warrant. They shall report to the commissioner as to their official acts at such times and in such manner as he may require. They shall serve without pay except their regular compensation as employees of said bureau and they shall receive no fees for services on return of any criminal process. This section shall not be construed as authorizing any person appointed as a special police officer as provided herein to carry a firearm in the performance of his duties.