(1) The Commissioner may appoint persons as non-commissioned police officers
(a) for a non-fixed period under the terms and conditions of the Police Award; or
(b) with the consent of the persons, for a period not exceeding 5 years, and subject to the terms and conditions, as specified in the instrument of appointment if
(i) the person has specialist or expert qualifications; or
(ii) the person has experience as a police officer; or
(iii) special circumstances exist which, in the opinion of the Commissioner, justify the appointment.
(2) The Commissioner may determine the qualifications, skills, attributes and medical, physical or other requirements for appointment under this section.
(3) The Commissioner may reduce the rank of a police officer appointed under subsection (1)(b) if the police officer is no longer required to use the specialist or expert qualifications or experience for which the police officer was appointed.
(4) This section does not apply to the appointment of a person as a special constable.