CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) _ A judge has ruled that Cranston police officers must work a full 20 years to receive full pension benefits.
Cranston's police contracts had allowed officers to retire early, rounding up years of service after working 19 years, six months and one day.
The Providence Journal reports Judge Daniel Procaccini has overturned an arbitrator's decision and ruled that officers in the state-sponsored Municipal Employee Retirement System are violating the law if they round up.
Mayor Allan Fung says the vast majority of officers are in the system, with fewer than 13 in an older city pension system.
Capt. Stephen Antonucci, the president of the police union, says that union has not decided whether to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.