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    Subdivision 1. Governing bodies must approve. Any home rule charter or statutory city,
town or the sheriff of any county may contract for the furnishing of police service to any other
home rule charter or statutory city or town, through the use of personnel and equipment subject to
the authority of the contracting unit. Any such contract shall be approved by a majority of the
members of the governing body of any contracting home rule charter or statutory city, the board
of supervisors of any contracting town and the board of commissioners of any contracting county.
    Subd. 2. Section 471.59 effect. Except as provided in this section, any contract authorized
by subdivision 1 shall otherwise comply with section 471.59.
    Subd. 3. Not employees. Under any such contract, a person employed by a home rule charter
or statutory city, town or sheriff of a county may be empowered to exercise some or all of the
police powers and duties of a police officer of the other contracting unit, but that person shall not
by reason thereof be classified as an employee of the other unit for any purpose other than the
discharge of such powers and duties.
    Subd. 4. All joint procedures apply. Subdivisions 1, 2, and 3 above do not dispense with
procedural requirements of any other act providing for the joint or cooperative exercise of any
governmental power.
    Subd. 5. Sheriff duties administered. The sheriff shall not by virtue of this section be
relieved of any duties imposed by law.
    Subd. 6. Employees may be transferred. When a contract is entered into pursuant to
the provisions of this section, those employees of a contracting unit who are at the time of the
contract working on a full time basis for the unit in a law enforcement capacity may, by action
of the civil service authorities of the contracting units, if they exist, become employees of the
other contracting unit in such appropriate classification as may be determined by the civil service
authority of the unit to which they are transferred, and thereafter the employees shall be subject
to and protected by the provisions of the laws establishing the civil service authority of the unit
that employs them.
History: 1961 c 415 s 1-6; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1980 c 519 s 7; 1986 c 444