Relates to designating certain officers or agents appointed by the Niagara county department of social services who are authorized to investigate and arrest persons involved in welfare fraud as peace officers.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to designating certain officers or agents appointed by the Niagara county department of social services as peace officers
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would allow officers and agents appointed by the Niagara County Department of Social Services to be granted Peace Officer Status
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends Section 2.10 of the Criminal Procedure Law by adding a new subdivision 83. to allow officers or agents appointed by the Niagara County Department of Social Services to be granted Peace Officer Status.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, The Niagara County Sheriff's Department is responsible for investigating and arresting individuals suspected of welfare fraud and other offenses. Due to budgetary constraints the Sheriff's department may not be able to continue in this function. Since Welfare and Medicaid fraud in particular have negative fiscal implications for Niagara County, it is vitally important that Department of Social Services investigators be able to fill this role as needed. Allowing designated and qualified individuals to have Peace Officer status will fulfill this need.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7009/A.10870 of 2009-2010; Referred to Codes
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 147 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to designating certain officers or agents appointed by the Niagara county department of social services as peace officers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2.10 of the criminal procedure law is amended by adding a new subdivision 83 to read as follows: 83. OFFICERS OR AGENTS APPOINTED BY THE NIAGARA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES WHO ARE AUTHORIZED TO INVESTIGATE AND ARREST PERSONS INVOLVED IN WELFARE FRAUD AND OTHER SIMILAR OFFENSES; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT NOTHING IN THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE DEEMED TO AUTHORIZE SUCH OFFI- CER TO CARRY, POSSESS, REPAIR OR DISPOSE OF A FIREARM UNLESS THE APPRO- PRIATE LICENSE THEREFOR HAS BEEN ISSUED PURSUANT TO SECTION 400.00 OF THE PENAL LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01183-01-1