Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, any person employed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on July first, nineteen hundred and eighty-seven who had been employed by the police force of the Boston and Maine Railroad immediately prior to such employment by said Authority, and whose duties in his position on said police force are determined by said Authority to have been transferred to said Authority, shall have his name certified by the personnel administrator for appointment to the lowest title of the police force of said Authority before certification from any other source; provided, however, that such person passes an examination given by said administrator, meets all other requirements for appointment to the police force of said authority and satisfactorily completes a prescribed course of study at a regional or municipal police training school approved by the criminal justice training council in accordance with the provisions of section ninety-six B of chapter forty-one of the General Laws. In conducting said examination the personnel administrator shall qualify and rank each applicant based solely upon his education, training and experience. Any person appointed to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police force pursuant to the provisions of this act shall, upon such appointment be conferred all rights, privileges, and benefits conferred upon any employee upon appointment to said police force; provided, however, that each person so appointed shall be deemed to have been appointed to said police force only as of the first date of full-time employment with said police force; provided, further, that any such person so appointed pursuant to the provisions of this act shall be eligible for membership in the retirement plan of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police association, provided however, that no such person shall, for the purposes of such retirement plan, receive credit for any service or period of employment prior to employment with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police force.