Constable Funding Eyed

County Seeks Answers To Liability Questions

Posted: November 19, 2012 at 1:56 a.m.

Benton County’s justices of the peace are considering a proposal to provide funding to the county’s five constables beginning in 2013.

At A Glance

Constable Training Requirements

Arkansas law sets some minimum training standards for constables.

For a constable to have access to information from the Arkansas Crime Information Center: He or she shall satisfactorily complete the constable certification course provided by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. Each year after completing the certification course required he or she shall satisfactorily complete sixteen 16 hours of training provided by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training.

For a constable to carry a firearm: He or she shall attend sixteen 16 hours of firearms training; and each year after completing the training required he or she shall satisfy the firearm qualification standards for a law enforcement official.

Source: Arkansas Code 14-14-1314

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Elected constables do not answer to the elected sheriff. The constable has the legal authority in his township the same as the sheriff has over the entire county. I see problems here. Constables are a historic relic. The struggle for them to find a meaningful role proves this.

Posted by: jbklawyer

November 19, 2012 at 3:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

They could guard the Arkansas football coach, and let the ASP get a chance to actually engage in law enforcement. They could park cars at the church that Floyd built. The could wear a sombrero and look for illegals. They could help with the great cat roundup in Fudville. They could enforce the no beer in the great unwashed section of razorback stadium, just stay out of the skyboxes. They could serve as an honor guard for the non-honorable mayors for out fine cities. They could carry the flag in gay pride parades. The could enforce the noise ordinance during Bikes, Blues & BBQ. See lawyer, you just didn't look beyond the law and see the need.

Posted by: JailBird

November 19, 2012 at 5:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )