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. The mayor of the city known as the town of West Springfield may appoint such special police officers for the town as he deems necessary for the safety and protection of the citizens of the town.
SECTION 2. Special police officers shall have the same power to make arrests and to perform other police functions as intermittent police officers and shall be subject to the same training requirements as intermittent officers.
SECTION 3. Special police officers shall be appointed for a term to be determined by the mayor, subject to removal at the sole discretion of the mayor. Special police officers shall not be entitled to compensation for their services except as determined by the mayor. Nor shall they be entitled to any municipal employee benefits. Special police officers shall be sworn before the town clerk who shall keep a record of all such appointments.
SECTION 4. Any person who has served in the capacity as a permanent full-time police officer in the town of West Springfield and has retired or resigned under honorable conditions, may be appointed as a special police officer under this act.
SECTION 5. Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be subject to chapter 31 of the General Laws.
SECTION 6. Chapter 322 of the acts of 2000 is hereby repealed.
SECTION 7. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved June 20 , 2008