Should Oxford constables pack firearms?
Selectman Jennie L. Caissie said on Tuesday that she would like the board to consider allowing local constables licensed to carry a firearm to do so while on duty for the town.
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#1 Jul 26, 2012
The idea is good based on the nature of the duties, but to have gun toting constables with no proper training is a bad idea. Police carry a variety of tools to protect themselves and others. To allow a citizen to go directly to a gun if they feel a threat while carrying out quasi-law enforcement duties is ridicilous. Big liability for the town.
#2 Oct 31, 2012
I'm not sure how the laws are in VA. but here in Mass. it's a serious job sometimes outranking Chief of Police in certain Towns and Cities, and your not just doing "Quasi-Law Enforcement" I don't even think it's like this in VA. but mu point is that it is always up to the town and selectmen who gets appointed as Constable [M.G.L. Chapter 41: Section 91A][M.G.L.Chapter 41: Section 1] and for the record in Mass no one gets a gun with out proper training.
Another thing, the term "COP" came from "Constable On Patrol".[M.G.L.Chapter 41: Section 98] Reads}
Section 98. The chief and other police officers of all cities and towns shall have all the powers and duties of constables except serving and executing civil process. They shall suppress and prevent all disturbances and disorder. They may carry within the commonwealth such weapons as the chief of police or the board or officer having control of the police in a city or town shall determine; provided, that any law enforcement officer of another state or territory of the United States may, while on official business within the commonwealth, carry such weapons as are authorized by his appointing authority. They may examine all persons abroad whom they have reason to suspect of unlawful design, and may demand of them their business abroad and whither they are going; may disperse any assembly of three or more persons, and may enter any building to suppress a riot or breach of peace therein. Persons so suspected who do not give a satisfactory account of themselves, persons so assembled and who do not disperse when ordered, and persons making, aiding and abetting in a riot or disturbance may be arrested by the police, and may thereafter be safely kept by imprisonment or otherwise unless released in the manner provided by law, and taken before a district court to be examined and prosecuted.
Whoever is arrested and charged with any offense committed during a riot, disturbance or mass demonstration may be fingerprinted, in accordance with the protocol of the identification system of the department of the state police and may be photographed.
If a police officer stops a person for questioning pursuant to this section and reasonably suspects that he is in danger of life or limb, he may search such person for a dangerous weapon. If he finds such weapon or any other thing the possession of which may constitute a crime, he may take and keep it until the completion of the questioning, at which time he shall return it, if lawfully possessed, or he shall arrest such person.
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