An Act To Provide Ballistic Vests to State Law Enforcement Officers
Sec. 1. 25 MRSA c. 411 is enacted to read:
§ 3851. Provision of ballistic vests for law enforcement
(1) State police officer;
(2) Game warden or other law enforcement officer employed by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife or any bureau or division of the department;
(3) Employee of the Office of the State Fire Marshal who has law enforcement powers pursuant to section 2396, subsection 7;
(4) Judicial marshal;
(5) Law enforcement officer in the Department of Marine Resources, including a marine patrol officer appointed by the Commissioner of Marine Resources;
(6) Forest ranger employed by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry or any bureau or division of the department;
(7) State humane agent employed by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry;
(8) State criminal inspector or detective employed by the Office of the Attorney General pursuant to Title 5, sections 197 and 202, respectively;
(9) Person employed by the Department of Corrections as an investigative officer as defined in Title 34-A, section 1001, subsection 10-A;
(10) Juvenile community corrections officer as described in Title 34-A, section 5602;
(11) Probation officer;
(12) Police officer appointed by the Commissioner of Public Safety pursuant to section 2908;
(13) Military security police officer appointed by the Adjutant General;
(14) Police officer in the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Capitol Police; and
(15) Motor vehicle investigator appointed by the Secretary of State pursuant to Title 29-A, section 152.
"Law enforcement officer" does not include a federal law enforcement officer or federal attorney prosecuting for the State.
This bill requires that all active law enforcement officers employed by the State, including game wardens, forest rangers, marine patrol officers and investigative officers and detectives in the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of the Secretary of State and the Department of Corrections, be equipped with well-fitting, contemporary ballistic vests. This bill also requires such vests to be provided for dogs used in law enforcement by the State. The cost of each vest must be paid by the political subdivision of the State employing the law enforcement officer or using the dog. The State is permitted to accept private or public funds to offset the cost of the vests.