354.01 Appointment of special officers.—Upon the application of any railroad or other common carrier doing business in this state, the Governor shall appoint one or more persons who have met the law enforcement qualifications and training requirements of s. 943.13(1)-(10) as special officers for the protection and safety of such carriers; their passengers and employees; and the property of such carriers, passengers, and employees.
354.02 Powers.—Each special officer shall have and exercise throughout every county in which the common carrier for which he or she was appointed, shall do business, operate, or own property, the power to make arrests for violation of law on the property of such common carrier, and to arrest persons, whether on or off such carrier’s property, violating any law on such carrier’s property, under the same conditions under which deputy sheriffs may by law make arrests, and shall have authority to carry weapons for the reasonable purpose of their offices.
354.03 Bond.—Before entering into the performance of his or her duties every such special officer shall enter into a good and sufficient bond payable to the Governor of Florida, and the Governor’s successors, in the penal sum of $5,000, with some surety company authorized to do business in this state as surety thereon, conditioned for the faithful performance of his or her duties, and to pay any and all damage done by any illegal act committed by him or her, to be approved by the Department of Financial Services.
354.04 Compensation.—Such special officers shall not receive any fees or salary from the state or any county, but their compensation shall be agreed upon and paid by the carrier making such application.
354.05 Term of office; removal.—The special officers provided for herein shall be commissioned by the Governor, and their commissions shall continue so long as they are employed in such capacity by the railroad or other common carrier; but they shall be removed by the Governor at any time, in the manner and for the causes provided by law.
History.—s. 5, ch. 8539, 1921; CGL 6657; s. 1, ch. 63-57; s. 5, ch. 80-289; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 4, 13, 15, ch. 82-90; s. 29, ch. 84-258; s. 2, ch. 84-326; ss. 7, 8, ch. 92-192; s. 146, ch. 99-13.
354.07 Suit for damages on bond.—Any person whose person or property has been damaged by the wrongful act of such special officer may bring suit for the redress of such wrong on the bond of such officer. The remedy provided in this section is not exclusive of any remedy that otherwise may exist.