27. Community officers
(1) The Commissioner of Police may appoint a person to be a community officer.
(2) The appointment must be in writing and for a term decided by the Commissioner.
(3) The appointment may state that the person appointed may exercise the powers of a community officer under this Act only in a place, or only in circumstances, specified in the appointment.
(4) The Commissioner is to issue a community officer with a certificate of appointment.
(5) The Commissioner, at any time, may amend or cancel such an appointment.
(6) The Commissioner, in writing, may delegate the functions in this section other than this power of delegation.
(7) A person who is appointed to be a community officer is not by virtue of the appointment a public service officer under the Public Sector Management Act 1994.
(8) The performance of any function under this Act by a community officer is to be voluntary and for no pay.
(9) For the purposes of the Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 ¾
(a) a community officer, while performing functions under this Act, is to be regarded as an employee of the Crown; and
(b) his or her weekly earnings are to be taken to be the amount that the Minister considers is reasonable in the circumstances.
[Section 27 amended by No. 42 of 2004 s. 174.]