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  • Chapter 96 AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL POLICE OFFICERS IN THE CITY OF NEWTON

     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 of Newton may appoint, at the recommendation of the police chief and as the police chief deems necessary, retired Newton police officers as special police officers to perform police details or any duties arising therefrom or during the course of police detail work, whether or not related to the detail work.  The retired Newton police officers shall have been regular Newton police officers and retired based on superannuation.  They shall be subject to the same maximum age restrictions as applied to regular Newton police officers under chapter 32 of the General Laws.  Prior to appointment under this act, a retired Newton police officer shall pass a medical examination by a physician or other certified professional chosen by the city to determine whether the retired Newton police officer is capable of performing the essential duties of a special police officer under this act, the cost of which shall be borne by the retired Newton police officer.
     SECTION 2.  Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be subject to chapter 31, section 99A of chapter 41, chapter 150E or chapter 151A of the General Laws. Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be eligible for special leave, vacation or other benefits enumerated in article II of chapter 2 of Newton revised ordinances 2012.
     SECTION 3.  Special police officers shall, when performing the duties under section 1, have the same power to make arrests and perform other police functions as do regular police officers of the city of Newton.
     SECTION 4.  Special police officers shall be appointed for an indefinite term, subject to removal by the mayor or the chief of police at any time upon 14 days written notice prior to removal.
     SECTION 5.  The workweek for special police officers appointed under this act shall be 7 consecutive 24 hour periods, for a total of 168 hours, which shall commence at 8:00 A.M. each Monday.  A special police officer appointed under this act shall not perform police details or any duties arising therefrom in excess of 40 hours in a workweek.
     SECTION 6.  Special police officers appointed under this act shall be subject to the rules, regulations, policies, procedures and requirements imposed by the chief of police and the mayor of the city of Newton including, but not limited to: 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 licensing and qualifications and requirements regarding uniforms and equipment.  Compliance with all requirements shall be at no cost to the city of Newton.  Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be subject to section 96B of chapter 41 of the General Laws.
     SECTION 7.  Special police officers appointed under this act shall be sworn before the city clerk of the city of Newton who shall keep a record of all of the appointments.
     SECTION 8.  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 shall be calculated by averaging the amount earned over the prior 52 weeks as a special police officer working police details, or averaged over such lesser period of time for any officer designated as a special police officer less than 52 weeks before the incapacity.  In no event shall payment under said section 111F exceed, in any calendar year, the limitation on earnings contained in paragraph (b) of section 91 of chapter 32 of the General Laws.  Payment under section 111F of chapter 41 of the General Laws shall terminate in accordance with said section 111F or when a special police officer appointed under this act reaches the age of 65, whichever occurs first.  If the age limitation applicable to regular police officers serving a city is increased from 65 years of age, the termination of benefits under said section 111F, as provided in this section for special police officers, shall terminate at such a higher age limit, but in no event shall the benefits extend beyond the age of 70 for any such special police officer.  Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be subject to section 85H or 85H 1/2 of said chapter 32 or eligible for the benefits. 
     SECTION 9.  Appointment as a special police officer shall not entitle that person to assignment to any detail.
     SECTION 10.  Special police officers appointed under this act shall be subject to the limitations on hours worked and earnings restrictions as provided in paragraph (b) of section 91 of chapter 32 of the General Laws.
     SECTION 11.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, May 7, 2014.