[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of West Haven 4-14-1997 by Ord. No. 366. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Police Department — See Ch. 36.
When any officer or member of the West Haven Police Department shall, in the regular performance of police duty and without willful cause or wanton misconduct on his or her part, have become permanently disabled and physically or mentally unable to further perform his or her duties as a police officer or member of the Police Department, such officer or member shall be examined by two reputable physicians, one to be selected by such officer or member, one to be selected by the City of West Haven. If the two should disagree in their opinions as to the capacity of the officer or member to perform further police duty, they shall mutually agree upon a third physician to examine the officer or member. If at least two such physicians shall certify, in writing, that such officer or member of the Police Department so examined is incapacitated from further police duty, the Board of Police Commissioners shall place such officer or member of the Police Department on disability retired status, and such officer or member shall receive a yearly disability pension equal to the provisions under the agreement between the City of West Haven and Police Local Union 895; said disability pension shall be paid in 12 monthly installments. Any officer or member of the Police Department who meets the requirements as set forth in this chapter, but has not served at 25 years shall be retired as an officer who has served 25 years, without an elevation in rank.
The Board of Police Commissioners shall have the power to order any member of the Police Department who has retired for reason of physical or mental disability under the provisions of this chapter to submit to a reexamination, not more than once in any calendar year, at any time during a period of 10 years from the date of such retirement. Such examination is to be conducted at the expense of the City of West Haven. Should the individual after this examination be found to be capable of return to active duty, he or she may be reinstated at the rank held at the time of his or her retirement and the duration of the length of service of such officer or member shall be considered to be the sum total of the time actively served in said Department by such officer or member minus the period of time elapsed during retirement prior to reinstatement. In the event that said retired officer or member shall fail to comply with a request by the Board of Police Commissioners for a reexamination or, if after reexamination, shall fail to comply with the requests of the Police Commissioners to return to active duty, said Board shall have the power to withhold further pension payments until such time as the officer or member complies with the request of the Board.