What is a Constable?
Constables are constitutionally authorized peace officers. Constables have the same arrest powers and duties as municipal police officers and sheriffs and have the added responsibility of executing civil process for the courts.
Constables and their deputies have all the responsibility of any peace officer in the state. They may write citations, make arrests, conduct investigations, and file criminal charges. Where they differ is that they have additional enforcement responsibility that regular street officers are not charged with.
The mission of this office is to serve as judicial officers for our courts. Our responsibilities include executing warrants and serving process that are directed to the constable including eviction actions and seizing property. A constable executes any civil or criminal process throughout the county including citation, notice, warrant, subpoena or writ.
What kind of training does a Constable require?
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education require that every commissioned Texas Peace Officer in the State of Texas continue their training and education by taking at least the required forty-hours every two-year cycle. Every Peace Officer in the State of Texas attends a Police Academy and must take their TCLEOSE exam. The State also requires that every applicant take a medical and psychological exam. Continuing education courses include:
- Family Violence
- Cultural Diversity
- Special Investigative Topics
- 20 Hours Civil Process Course
- Firearms Training
- Racial Profiling
Public Service Projects
Constable and their deputies have donated their law enforcement services to many community projects. They have assisted other law enforcement agencies at airline crashes, floods and hostile situations.
Constables have taken over patrol duties for local law enforcement agencies so that those agencies might conduct group agency training or to allow all assigned officers to attend a Christmas dinner with their families.