[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County 8-25-1981 by Bill No. 81-5 as Title 4 of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The State's Attorney, with the approval of the County Commissioners, may appoint a Special Investigator, who shall be directly under the supervision of the State's Attorney, who shall perform such duties as the State's Attorney may designate and who shall serve at the pleasure of the State's Attorney. Except as may be provided herein, the position of Special Investigator shall be subject to the personnel rules and regulations as established by the County Commissioners. The salary of said Special Investigator shall be as approved by the County Commissioners or as may be provided by Public General Law.
The Special Investigator shall be required to take an oath of office before entering upon the discharge of his duties, which shall be subscribed before the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
The Special Investigator shall hold as confidential all information obtained as a result of any investigation, and the same shall not be divulged to anyone but the State's Attorney, except by an order so to do by a court of competent jurisdiction in this state or in order to effectively provide for the proper administration of justice.
Duties. It shall be the duty of the Special Investigator to assist the State's Attorney in the investigation of crimes and in the preparation of evidence for the prosecution of criminal cases.
Power as peace officer. The Special Investigator appointed under this Subtitle shall, subsequent to taking the oath as set forth in § CJ 4-102, have the power to arrest all persons committing offenses or crimes in Worcester County, Maryland. He shall have and may exercise the general powers of a peace officer in Worcester County, Maryland. He may wear an appropriate metallic badge as prescribed by the appointing authority. He shall have the power to possess and carry such firearm or other weapons as may be prescribed by the appointing authority, subject to the provisions of the Public General Law.