[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Greece as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Department of Public Safety — See Ch. 36.
[Adopted 8-19-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997]
[Amended 1-15-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013]
Sixty positions of special police are hereby established pursuant to Town Law § 158 and § 10 of the Municipal Home Rule Law. The Town Board, in its discretion, may appoint special police to fill any or all of the positions established by this article.
Such special police shall be appointed by resolution of the Town Board in accordance with the provisions of § 158 of the Town Law and § 10 of the Municipal Home Rule Law. Such special police shall serve at the pleasure of the Town Board and shall have the same powers and authority conferred upon special police by § 158 of the Town Law.
The special police appointed by the Town Board shall be subject to the general authority and direction of the Town Board and to such orders and regulations as the Town Board may prescribe not inconsistent with law. Such special police shall serve at the pleasure of the Town Board.
Such special police shall be appointed in accordance with the Civil Service Laws and Rules. Special Police are part of the classified service under Civil Service Law § 40 and are under the exempt class.
The special police shall be under the authority and control of the Chief of Police of the Town of Greece Police Department.
[Amended 4-21-2009 by L.L. No. 1-2009]
The special police shall serve without compensation, with the exception of the Chief of the Special Police, whose salary shall be set by the Greece Town Board.
The special police are peace officers having the same powers and authority as are conferred upon constables by general laws of the state only when on duty.
The Town shall purchase uniforms and equipment for such special police and provide any and all necessary training. There shall be a provision in the annual budget for the expenditures incurred in providing uniforms, equipment and training.
The duties of the special police shall include but not be limited to the following:
Traffic control at special events and emergencies.
Crowd control at special events and emergencies.
Administrative duties as required.
Patrol of Town parks and schools as requested by the Town of Greece Police Department, including issuance of citations for violations of the Town Code occurring within the Town parks. The Chief of Police or his designee may request special police to patrol parks and other locations with all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles when available.
[Amended 5-16-2005 by L.L. No. 1-2005; 1-15-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013]
Ride along with Town of Greece police officers as special police officers are available.
Parking enforcement as requested by the Chief of Police at the Town of Greece Police Department.
Horse-mounted and bike officers available as requested by the Town of Greece Chief of Police.
Crime prevention duties.
Providing assistance to the Greece Town Justice Court, the Town Justices and the Court personnel, when requested.
[Amended 5-16-2005 by L.L. No. 1-2005; 4-21-2009 by L.L. No. 1-2009]
The special police shall have their own Chief who will answer to the Chief of the Town of Greece Police Department. The Special Police Chief shall be appointed by the Town Board upon the recommendation of the Chief of Police of the Town of Greece.
This article supersedes Subdivision 1 of § 158 of the Town Law with respect to the number of special police officers appointed.
[Added 7-18-2000 by L.L. No. 3-2000]
It is the intention of the Town of Greece to provide its special police officers with the benefits of the Workers' Compensation Law and to deem such volunteers to be employees within the meaning of that term, as defined by § 2, Subdivision 4 of the Workers' Compensation Law, when any one or more such special police officers is engaged in one or more of the duties of a special police officer.