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TITLE 5. LOCAL AGENCIES [50001 - 57607]

  ( Title 5 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

DIVISION 1. CITIES AND COUNTIES [50001 - 52203]

  ( Division 1 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

PART 1. POWERS AND DUTIES COMMON TO CITIES AND COUNTIES [50001 - 51298.5]

  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

CHAPTER 4. Police Officers’ Pension Fund and Firemen’s Pension Fund [50800 - 50927]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

ARTICLE 3. Pensions and Death Benefits [50870 - 50883]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

50870.
  

When a member has attained age 60 and has served in the fire department for twenty years, or more, in the aggregate, the board may order him retired from further service. From the date of the order the service of the member in the fire department ceases and, during his lifetime, he shall be paid from the fund an annual pension equal to one-half of the annual salary attached to the rank he held for one year next preceding retirement.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81.)

50871.
  

A member of the police department may retire for service pursuant to this section. Upon receipt of a member’s application for retirement, the board shall order him retired from further service. From the date of the order the service of the member in the police department ceases and during his lifetime he shall be paid from the fund an annual pension based upon the following schedule:

(a) If he has attained age 60 and served in the police department for twenty years, or more, in the aggregate, his annual pension shall be one-half of the annual salary attached to the rank he held for one year next preceding retirement.

(b) If he has attained age 60 and has served in the police department for thirty years, or more, in the aggregate, his annual pension shall be two-thirds of the annual salary attached to the rank he held for one year next preceding retirement.

(c) If he has attained age 55 and has served in the police department for twenty-five or more consecutive years, his annual pension shall be one-half of the annual salary attached to the rank he held for one year next preceding retirement.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81.)

50871.5.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, if all members defined by Section 50804 or Section 50805 or both Sections 50804 and 50805 agree in writing thereto, the governing body of a local agency may, by resolution, provide to those members, in lieu of the benefits provided under this chapter, retirement benefits which are comparable to those provided by the Public Employees’ Retirement Law to local safety members. The change in benefits authorized by this section shall not be construed as a violation of Section 50882 or 50883.

(Added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1024, Sec. 1.)

50872.
  

Upon the written request of a member who becomes physically disabled by reason of bodily injury received in the performance of his duty, the board may retire him and order that he be paid from the fund, during his lifetime, an annual pension equal to one-half of the annual salary attached to the rank he held at the date of retirement. If the board deems it for the good of the department, it may take such action without request by the member.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81.)

50873.
  

On the death of a disabled member, his heirs or assigns have no claim against the fund.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81.)

50874.
  

If the disability ceases, the pension ceases and the member shall be restored to active service at the same salary he received at retirement.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81.)

50875.
  

A member shall not be retired for disability or receive any benefit from the fund unless certificates of his disability are filed with the board. The certificates shall be subscribed and sworn to by the member, the physician of the local agency if there is one, and two regularly licensed physicians practicing in the local agency. The board may require other evidence of disability before ordering the retirement and pension.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81.)

50876.
  

The board may at any time summon before it a member retired for disability and require examination of his fitness for duty.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81.)

50877.
  

A member retired pursuant to this chapter shall report to the chief of the department from which he was retired on the first Mondays of April, July, October, and January of each year.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81.)

50878.
  

During great public emergency the chief of the department may assign members retired from that department to such duty as he directs. They have no claim against the local agency for payment for duty so performed.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81.)

50879.
  

Upon satisfactory proof that a member has lost his or her life in the performance of his or her duty, leaving a surviving spouse or children under age 16, the board shall order an annual pension of one-third the annual salary attached to the rank he or she held at his or her death paid to the spouse during his or her life. If there is no surviving spouse, the pension shall be paid to the children until they attain age 16.

(Amended by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1436.)

50880.
  

If the surviving spouse or a child marries, the pension to such person ceases.

(Amended by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1436.)

50881.
  

If a member dies from natural causes after 10 years of service, his or her surviving spouse or children, or if there are no surviving spouse or children, his or her parents or siblings, shall receive one thousand dollars ($1,000) from the fund.

(Amended by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1436.)

50882.
  

A person who resigns or is dismissed from the department is not entitled to relief from the fund.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81.)

50883.
  

Upon the occurrence of any of the following events, the payment of a pension or benefit to the recipient shall cease.

The recipient is:

(a) Convicted of a felony.

(b) Becomes a habitual drunkard.

(c) Becomes a nonresident of this State.

(d) Fails to report for examination for duty unless excused by the board.

(e) Disobeys the requirements of the board as to the examination or duty.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81.)

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