Assemblymember Cahill Joins State University Police Officers in Announcing New Law Protecting the Transfer of Their Retirement Credits

November 30, 2017

Albany NY – Better training and more pension certainty are in store for law enforcement officials charged with protecting students, faculty, staff and campuses of our state university system thanks to legislation advanced by Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston). Assembly Bill A.7818, that extends the time period State University (SUNY) Police Officers have to finish a required State Police training course. The course is necessary to receive retirement credit for service in the State Police system.

Under current law, SUNY officers are allowed up to five years of prior service to be creditable service for members who retire on or after January 1, 2018. Those police officers that satisfy that requirement must also complete a course of law enforcement training within one year of his or her date of appointment. It came to Assemblyman Cahill's attention that the limited window for completing course work proved impossible for some officers and limited the professional training opportunities for all. Consequently, officers were required to rush through training or risk losing credit for their professional experience.

“The one year limit on course completion proved to be a problem for many SUNY Officers already struggling with a demanding work schedule. This action is simple. It provides one additional year for them to finish the necessary training. These officers should not have to worry about failing to recover valuable retirement credits because their professional obligations make it difficult to complete a class,” stated Assemblymember Cahill.

When asked about the time extension, Christopher M. Quick, President of the New York State Police Investigators Association stated that “I want to thank Governor Cuomo, Assemblyman Cahill and Senator Akshar for writing and signing legislation that rights a wrong. This legislation relates to granting certain members of the state police credit for serving as a state university police officer connected to their career serving in the Division of State Police. Prior to this law going into effect, time served as a state university police officer who was unable to obtain his or hers police certification within one year would not be credited in the retirement system for someone who had become a state police member. This law corrects the time allowance for certification and is fair and just.”