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Chapter 398 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL POLICE OFFICERS IN THE TOWN OF WHITMAN.

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 board of selectmen of the town of Whitman may appoint, as it deems necessary, retired police officers of the town as special police officers for the purpose of performing police details or any police duties arising therefrom or during the course of police detail work, whether or not related to the detail work. The retired police officers shall have been regular Whitman police officers who retired based upon superannuation. Such retired police officers shall pass a medical examination conducted by a physician or other certified professional chosen by the town, to determine whether such officers are capable of performing the essential duties of special police officers, and the cost thereof shall be borne by the retired police officers. Each appointment shall be made conditional upon the satisfactory completion of the medical examination.

SECTION 2. Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be subject to chapter 31 of the General Laws or to section 99A of chapter 41 of the General Laws.

SECTION 3. Special police officers appointed under this act shall, when performing the duties under section 1, have the same power to make arrests and to perform other police functions as do regular police officers of the town of Whitman.

SECTION 4. Special police officers shall be appointed annually and subject to removal by the board of selectmen at any time, upon 14 days written notice. Upon request, the board of selectmen shall provide the reasons for such removal in writing.

SECTION 5. Special police officers appointed under this act shall be subject to the rules and regulations, policies and procedures and requirements of the board of selectmen and the chief of police in the town of Whitman, including restrictions on the type of detail assignments, requirements regarding medical examinations to determine continuing capability to perform the duties of a special police officer, requirements for training, requirements for firearms qualifications and licensing and requirements regarding uniforms and equipment, with all costs of compliance to be incurred by the special police officers. 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 before the town clerk who shall keep a record of all such appointments.

SECTION 7. Special police officers appointed under this act shall be subject to sections 100 and 111F of chapter 41 of the General Laws. The amount payable under said section 111F of said chapter 41 to an incapacitated special police officer shall be calculated by averaging the amount earned over the prior 52 weeks as a special police officer working details, or averaged over such lesser period of time for any officer designated as special police officers less than 52 weeks prior to the incapacity. In no event shall payment under said section 111F of said chapter 41 exceed, in any calendar year, the limitation on earning contained in paragraph (b) of section 91 of chapter 32 of the General Laws. Payment under said section 111F of said chapter 41 shall terminate when a special police officer reaches the age of 65. In the event the age limitation applicable to regular police officers serving a town is increased from 65 years of age, the termination of benefits under said section 111F of said chapter 41, as provided herein to special police officers, shall terminate at such higher age limit, but in no event shall the benefits extend beyond the age of 70 for any special police officer. Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be subject to section 85H of said chapter 32, nor eligible for any benefits pursuant thereto.

SECTION 8. An appointment as a special police officer under this act shall allow, but not entitle, any individual appointed as such to assignment to any details, excluding any regular overtime shift fills.

SECTION 9. Retired police officers of the town of Whitman, serving as special police officers under this act, shall be subject to the limitations on hours worked and on payments to retired town employees under paragraph (b) of section 91 of chapter 32 of the General Laws.

SECTION 10. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, December 18, 2010.


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