What Is A Constable, Really?

What Is A Constable, Really?

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Johnny Masters

Burlington, KY

#1 Mar 3, 2010
Besides the City Police officers, the Sheriff (and the Coroner who can arrest him), the 6 Sheriff Deputies, the Jailer, the 4 Jailer's Deputies, the dozen of KSP who like to take Knox County over whenever they feel like it, the FBI, who was surveilling Martin Luther King Jr., the leader who advocated non-violence, Homeland Security, and the National Guard if we protest against the war too much, but we also got Constables.

We got cops all over the place.

A Constable is a C.O.P. Constable On Patrol = C.O.P.

“Constable” and “Marshall” are interchangable words. In the beginning, Constables and Marshalls were responsible for keeping the the Lord's horses safe and secure. The word “Marshall” literally means “horse servant”.

In the UK, a Constable is considered the lowest form of law enforcer there, even below
Officer, Deputy, Patrolman, Trooper, and historically, Private.

In most states in the US, Constables do not conduct patrols or preventive policing activities. In such states the office is relatively obscure to its citizens. In most states, all a Constable is, is a “service processor”(which is a good job for them), just like in the movie “Pineapple Express”. In most states.

Not in Kentucky. Here in Kentucky, we give Constables law enforcement power, and the power of the arrest, and they have jurisdiction all over the county, not just in their districts. All “peace” officers can cross county lines in pursuit of a suspect. A Constable cannot be barred from working in the city limits by the Mayor, the Chief of Police, or the City Council, but they must maintain their office in their own district.

Every Constable has to put up a $10,000 bond, approved by the Fiscal Court, and it has to be renewed every 2 years. Recovery of this bond is made by motion.

In practice, only the Sheriff and Constable are the folks who arrest people. The law specifically says that Constables and Sheriffs are allowed to carry concealed deadly weapons for their jobs. Even though Jailers and Coroners rarely make arrests, that's by choice. They could arrest more folks if they wanted to.

Here is an awesome Constable website with lots of info: http://home.windstream.net/jtrector/

Constables are only allowed to have deputies in Kentucky counties that contain first-class and second-class, or is a consolidated government.

Constables can enforce criminal code, traffic code, execute warrants, summonses, subpeonas, attachments, notes, rules and orders of the court in all criminal, penal, and civil cases.
Z3ro

London, KY

#2 Mar 3, 2010
If your referring to the constable that drives around in the car, parks at wal-mart, and does nothing. He is not the real constable. He is a wanna-be. The real constable has a brown car, his, is one that the police station gave to him because they felt sorry for him. I think that he has problems, but anyone who would want to be a wanna-be constable definitely has problems... At least aim for something higher...
Constables

Burlington, KY

#3 Mar 3, 2010
I question authority more than the next person, but by law, if the Constables know it, they have as nearly as much power as the Sheriff. And they are paid in piecemeal, so it's all a money game anyways.
Z3ro

London, KY

#4 Mar 3, 2010
that still does not change the fact that this dude walks around impersonating a police officer and no one does anything about it...
Constable

Burlington, KY

#5 Mar 3, 2010
Are you saying somebody who is not a Constable is posing as one? Then you're right. That's bull, and somebody should do something. If not a police officer, then maybe a citizen's arrest. Maybe the real Constable should arrest them.

But if you're saying that Constables aren't real Cops, that's not true. They are.
debby

United States

#6 Mar 3, 2010
i think it is those guys who come to lock you up. like serve a warrant? and c.o.p is also citizen on patrol and they are NOT cops. they are those old nosey bastards that have no life and want to play rambo.
Z3ro

London, KY

#7 Mar 3, 2010
The dude in the constable car that is at wal-mart all the time in the old a$$ constable car that says "constable", yeah, hes not the real constable. He has like some sort of problem where he thinks he is. The real constable drives around in the newer brown car and you rarely see him. One of my friends told me the name of the real constable and then the wanna be, but I forgot. I will ask him tomorrow what there names are. But no im not saying constables are not real cops, I'm saying there is a guy who drives around like he is big $hit with his car and his black clothes, but no gun, no badge, and no authority. He is a fake. And the cops around here gave him that car because they felt sorry for him. and because they were making fun of this guy, but he really drives it around.
No nonsense

Lexington, KY

#8 Mar 20, 2010
Well I will say that constables aren't real cops. To me, a real officer is one that attends the Basic Academy in Richmond, KY and then continues to take in-service training once (or more) a year. It's simply ludicrous to consider someone who does not have to meet the requirements set forth in the Peace Officer Professional Standards nor complete any training a "real cop". Fine, the Kentucky Constitution may have given them law enforcement powers, but in this day and age it's simply an archaic office which needs to be abolished. Between KSP, county Sheriff's, and local police, there is no need for the office of Constable any longer. Either abolish it or mandate training for those elected.
agreed

Burlington, KY

#9 Mar 20, 2010
agreed
His Family

United States

#10 Mar 20, 2010
Well If U Guys Are Going Get On Here And Run Ur Mouth At Least Grow Some Balls And Put Ur Name Oh My Bad Ur To Damn Scared..But Yeah He Is A Real Constable Shows How Much U Bunch Of Drug Heads Know In This County..And No Everythin This Guys Has Got For His Car He Buys It His Self And No The Police Department Didnt Give Him Shit So In Other Words You Dont Know What Your Talking About..There Is A Constable For Different Districts...Grow The Hell Up Is All I Can Say And Stay Out Of Other Peoples.
To have a heart

Corbin, KY

#11 Mar 20, 2010
Z3ro wrote:
If your referring to the constable that drives around in the car, parks at wal-mart, and does nothing. He is not the real constable. He is a wanna-be. The real constable has a brown car, his, is one that the police station gave to him because they felt sorry for him. I think that he has problems, but anyone who would want to be a wanna-be constable definitely has problems... At least aim for something higher...
I sorry but you are wrong...He is a real constable...NO ONE GAVE HIM A CAR!...He got his own car and he drives around using his own money to watch closed stores at night(LIKE WALMART..and IGA)
People get on here and say things like this??? If you want to know something about him...then just ask him!
J Masters

Burlington, KY

#12 Mar 20, 2010
Get rid of the Constables. They don't realize they have more power than what they do.

I like the idea that they are elected officials, but the "real" police departments, the City/County/State, they all act like Constables don't matter, and usually they are able to convince them of such.

And "His Family", you didn't even post your name. You're just as cowardly as the people you are making fun of. After seeing your hypocrisy, I quit reading your post after the first sentence.

So if a Constable were to use their power to follow the so-called "real cops" around, that's a Constable I could support. He's honest himself, and he's keeping the other cops honest too.

Anything short of that, who cares? They wouldn't know what to do with their power once they go it.

“The Human Condition”

Since: Dec 09

Cannon, KY

#13 Mar 20, 2010
A constable is someone who rides around on the tax payers money, looking for woman and wasting gas! lmao
Just me

Greenbrier, AR

#14 Mar 20, 2010
Hey know it all's
He is a Constable
Go Here
http://knoxcountyky.com/constables.htm
Just me

Greenbrier, AR

#15 Mar 20, 2010
The Specialist wrote:
A constable is someone who rides around on the tax payers money, looking for woman and wasting gas! lmao
Read slowly now so you understand
"Constables are a fee's paid officer of the court, which means Constables are entitled to receive fee's for all citations that they write and warrants they serve."
So if they are riding around looking for women its not on the tax payers money.
Just me

Greenbrier, AR

#16 Mar 20, 2010
Z3ro wrote:
If your referring to the constable that drives around in the car, parks at wal-mart, and does nothing. He is not the real constable. He is a wanna-be. The real constable has a brown car, his, is one that the police station gave to him because they felt sorry for him. I think that he has problems, but anyone who would want to be a wanna-be constable definitely has problems... At least aim for something higher...
You are lying plain and simple.
im pead

United States

#17 Mar 20, 2010
To have a heart wrote:
<quoted text>
I sorry but you are wrong...He is a real constable...NO ONE GAVE HIM A CAR!...He got his own car and he drives around using his own money to watch closed stores at night(LIKE WALMART..and IGA)
People get on here and say things like this??? If you want to know something about him...then just ask him!
the truth is ,they should do away with the constables,what do they do?larry lawson has never arrested anyone in 8 years,jimmy dye has never arrested anyone in 4 years,but yet the city police allow him to sit in wal_mart parking lot an sell his pain pills,an you tell me what the rest of the constables in this county has done.
Just me

Greenbrier, AR

#18 Mar 20, 2010
im pead wrote:
<quoted text>the truth is ,they should do away with the constables,what do they do?larry lawson has never arrested anyone in 8 years,jimmy dye has never arrested anyone in 4 years,but yet the city police allow him to sit in wal_mart parking lot an sell his pain pills,an you tell me what the rest of the constables in this county has done.
The majority in those men's districts voted them in. If you don't like it run for office yourself. Tell all of us just how you know so much about what they have and have not done.
What authority do you think the city police have over the Constable parking in a legal parking lot. If you have proof someone is selling drugs please come forward with that proof.
im pead

United States

#19 Mar 20, 2010
Just me wrote:
<quoted text>
The majority in those men's districts voted them in. If you don't like it run for office yourself. Tell all of us just how you know so much about what they have and have not done.
What authority do you think the city police have over the Constable parking in a legal parking lot. If you have proof someone is selling drugs please come forward with that proof.
first of all,,,you dont have to be a bitch,,,i simply told my opinion,like everyone else on here tells theres.an yes i do know what larry lawson,,an jimmy dye does...but i dont know what the rest of them does,,thats why i ask...an if the city police dont have authority over someone selling drugs in the wal_mart parking lot,,,then they should leave everyone else alone to,,an let them do whaT they want to also..YOUYR SUCH AN IDIOT.LOL.
what about you

United States

#20 Mar 20, 2010
His Family wrote:
Well If U Guys Are Going Get On Here And Run Ur Mouth At Least Grow Some Balls And Put Ur Name Oh My Bad Ur To Damn Scared..But Yeah He Is A Real Constable Shows How Much U Bunch Of Drug Heads Know In This County..And No Everythin This Guys Has Got For His Car He Buys It His Self And No The Police Department Didnt Give Him Shit So In Other Words You Dont Know What Your Talking About..There Is A Constable For Different Districts...Grow The Hell Up Is All I Can Say And Stay Out Of Other Peoples.
what bout you putting your name on here,are you ashamend of being jimmys family?well you should be,a man that has kissed the laws azz all of his life,an now sells his pills to women an kids.

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