Providing for the defense and indemnification of public officers and employees named as defendants in certain litigation
The provisions of Public Officers Law §18, however, only become available to the employees of the political subdivision as the result of the governing body of the political subdivision adopting a law, rule, regulation or resolution  providing for such representation and indemnification of its employees at the entities expense and  providing for the reimburse employees of any the costs and damages for which the employees are liable, exclusive of punitive or exemplary damages, fines or penalties.
Education Law §3811 applies to officers, the teaching or supervisory staff, and non-instructional employee of any school district, other than the city school district of the city of New York or any board of cooperative educational services. §3811 provides for the defense of such personnel in any action or proceeding and all of his or her reasonable costs and expenses, as well as all costs and damages adjudged against him or her other than those incurred  in a criminal prosecution or  an action or a proceeding brought against him or her by a school district, including proceedings before the Commissioner of Education, arising out of the exercise of his or her powers or the performance of his or her duties under the Education Law.
* Although all not all public employees of a public entity are public officers, all public officers of that entity are public employees.
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