Senate Bill No. 429
               Senate Bill No. 429

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-200


AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL MARINE OFFICERS.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 15-154a of  the  general  statutes  is
repealed and the  following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) The selectmen  of any town may appoint for
such length of  time as they determine such number
of special constables  to  be  called  town marine
officers as they  deem  necessary  to  enforce the
provisions  of  this   chapter,   section  53-134,
subsection (b) of  section  53a-119b  and  section
53a-182 on any  body  of water that lies wholly or
partially within the jurisdiction of the town, and
the provisions of  section  22a-250 on any body of
water that lies  wholly  or  partially  within the
jurisdiction of the  town or upon land adjacent to
such body of  water and within the jurisdiction of
the town.
    (b) THE SELECTMEN  OF ANY TOWN MAY APPOINT FOR
SUCH LENGTH OF  TIME AS THEY DETERMINE TOWN MARINE
AUXILIARIES   TO  THE   MUNICIPAL   POLICE.   SUCH
AUXILIARIES MAY MONITOR  ANY  BODY OF WATER WHOLLY
OR PARTIALLY WITHIN  THE  JURISDICTION OF THE TOWN
OR  LAND  ADJACENT  TO  SUCH  BODY  OF  WATER  FOR
COMPLIANCE WITH THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS CHAPTER,
SECTION 53-134, SUBSECTION (b) OF SECTION 53a-119b
AND  SECTION 53a-182,  PROVIDED  SUCH  AUXILIARIES
SHALL NOT HAVE  THE POWER TO ARREST ANY PERSON AND
SHALL NOT BE  CONSIDERED PEACE OR POLICE OFFICERS.
THE COMMISSIONER OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SHALL
DEVELOP A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR SUCH AUXILIARIES.

Approved June 11, 1998