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Substitute Senate Bill No. 798

Public Act No. 17-4

AN ACT CONCERNING POLICE ASSISTANCE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN MUNICIPALITIES AND THE MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT TRIBE OR THE MOHEGAN TRIBE OF INDIANS OF CONNECTICUT.

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

Section 1. Section 7-277a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) The chief executive officer of any [town, city or borough] municipality, or [his] such chief executive officer's designee may, whenever he or she determines it to be necessary in order to protect the safety or well-being of [his] the municipality, request the chief executive officer of any other [town, city or borough] municipality to furnish such police assistance as is necessary to meet such situation and the chief executive officer, or chief of police or board of police commissioners or other duly constituted authority with the approval of the chief executive officer of the municipality receiving such request may, notwithstanding any other provision or requirement of state or local law, assign and make available for duty in such other municipality, under the direction and command of an officer designated for the purpose, such part of the police forces under his or her control as he or she deems consistent with the safety and well-being of [his] the municipality. Any policeman so provided, while acting in response to such request, shall have the same powers, duties, privileges and immunities as are conferred on the policemen of the municipality requesting assistance. Unless waived in writing by the chief executive officer of the municipality supplying assistance pursuant to a request under this section, such municipality shall be reimbursed for all expenditures incurred in providing such assistance by the municipality making such request, including payments for death, disability or injury of employees and losses or damages to supplies or equipment incurred in providing such assistance. Any municipality, upon the approval of the chief executive officer and, where required by charter or ordinance, the governing body of such municipality, may enter into an agreement with any other municipality or municipalities, with respect to requesting and supplying such assistance and reimbursing or receiving reimbursement for the same.

(b) The chief executive officer of any institution which maintains a special police force, established under the provisions of section 10a-156b, and the chief of police of the Office of State Capitol Police, established under the provisions of section 2-1f, may enter into an agreement with one or more municipalities to furnish or receive police assistance under the same conditions and terms specified in subsection (a) of this section for agreements between municipalities.

(c) The chief executive officer of any town, city or borough which provides police protection solely by a constabulary force may enter into an agreement with one or more municipalities to furnish or receive police assistance under the conditions and terms specified in subsection (a) of this section for agreements between municipalities.

(d) The chief executive officer of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe or the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, who has entered into a memoranda of agreement pursuant to section 47-65c to establish the authority of the tribe's police department and police officers to exercise law enforcement powers pursuant to sections 7-294a to 7-294e, inclusive, may enter into an agreement with one or more municipalities to furnish or receive police assistance under the conditions and terms specified in subsection (a) of this section for agreements between municipalities, provided such memoranda of agreement is in effect.

Approved May 24, 2017