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Chapter 461 AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE ISSUANCE OF UNIFORM POLICE IDENTIFICATION CARDS.

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to establish forthwith a uniform identification card for police officers, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety.

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 first paragraph of section 19 of chapter 22C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- The secretary of public safety and security may adopt regulations relative to the form, content and issuance of identification cards and to the carrying thereof by state police officers.

SECTION 2. Chapter 41 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 98D, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

Section 98D. Each city or town shall issue to every full-time police officer employed by it an identification card bearing the officer’s photograph and identifying information. The secretary of public safety and security may adopt regulations relative to the form, content and issuance of such identification cards and to the carrying thereof by municipal police officers. Such identification card shall be carried on the officer’s person and shall be exhibited upon lawful request for purposes of identification.

SECTION 3. Section 3 of chapter 161A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

(s) To issue to every full-time police officer employed by the authority an identification card bearing the officer’s photograph and identifying information. The secretary of public safety and security may adopt regulations relative to the form, content and issuance of such identification cards and to the carrying thereof by such police officers.

Approved, January 14, 2011.


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