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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF WAKEFIELD TO EMPLOY RETIRED POLICE OFFICERS AS SPECIAL POLICE OFFICERS.

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.  Chapter 458 of the acts of 2004 is hereby amended by striking out section 1 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

Section 1.  The town administrator of the town of Wakefield may appoint, as the town administrator deems necessary, retired Wakefield police officers 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 Wakefield police officers and retired based on superannuation. Special police officers shall not be subject to the same maximum age restrictions as applied to regular Wakefield police officers pursuant to chapter 32 of the General Laws, but shall not be eligible to serve as special police officers if they have reached the age of 68. A special police officer shall pass a medical examination by a physician or other certified professional chosen by the town to determine that the officer is capable of performing the essential duties of a special police officer, the costs of which shall be borne by the special police officer, prior to performing police details.

SECTION 2.  Said chapter 458 is hereby further amended by striking out section 7 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

Section 7.  Special police officers appointed under this act shall not be subject to sections 100 and 111F of chapter 41 of the General Laws. Special police officers appointed pursuant to this act shall not be subject to section 85H of chapter 32 of the General Laws nor eligible for any benefits pursuant thereto.

SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, August 20, 2021.