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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 288

February Session, 2014

 

LCO No. 1608

 

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Referred to Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

Introduced by:

 

(PS)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE OF COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH RESIDENT STATE TROOPERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 29-5 of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection may, within available appropriations, appoint suitable persons from the regular state police force as resident state policemen in addition to the regular state police force to be employed and empowered as state policemen in any town or two or more adjoining towns lacking an organized police force, and such officers may be detailed by said commissioner as resident state policemen for regular assignment to such towns, provided each town shall pay sixty per cent of the cost of compensation, maintenance and other expenses of the state policemen detailed to such town, and on and after July 1, 2011, each town shall pay seventy per cent of such regular cost and other expenses and one hundred per cent of any overtime costs and such portion of fringe benefits directly associated with such overtime costs. The Comptroller shall provide such town or towns with advance notice of an estimated increase in fringe benefits directly associated with such overtime costs. Such town or towns and the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection are authorized to enter into agreements and contracts for such police services, with the approval of the Attorney General, for periods not exceeding two years.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection shall appoint a resident state policeman to serve in a pilot program assignment for two towns lacking an organized police force or constabulary and located within the jurisdiction of the same state police troop pursuant to a memorandum of agreement with towns requesting participation in the pilot program. Towns participating in the pilot program shall be responsible for the costs and expenses of such resident state policeman as provided in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection shall exercise such supervision and direction over any resident policeman so appointed as said commissioner deems necessary, and each appointee shall be required to conform to the requirements of chapter 67. Each resident state policeman shall have the same powers as officers of the regular state police force and be entitled to the same rights and subject to the same rules and regulations as the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2014

29-5

Statement of Purpose:

To require the Comptroller provide towns with advance notice of any fringe benefit increase for the resident state trooper program.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]