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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: October 30, 2017 10:14 AM
From: Senator Mike Regan
To: All Senate members
Subject: Pension Credit for Prior Law Enforcement Service
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that will amend Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) to permit a municipal or regional police officer, who has been employed with a department full-time for at least six months, to purchase (“buy back”) previous full- or part-time police employment for pension benefit purposes.

I was recently contacted by a municipal police officer who, despite several years of honorable service with a different police department, was disappointed to learn that current law did not afford him the ability to purchase prior service and apply it toward his employment record.

The ordinance or resolution establishing the police pension fund may provide for full service credit for each full or partial year of service, not to exceed five years. The amount due for the purchase of credit for previous service would be computed in a similar manner as is used for the purchase of military service under Act 600 of 1955.

Considering the important work that our municipal and regional police officers undertake on the public’s behalf, this retirement benefit flexibility is well deserved. Please join me in co-sponsoring and supporting this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as SB979