Request Raises Questions
Sheriff Says Constables' Roles Will Need To Be Defined
Posted: March 4, 2013 at 5 a.m.
Benton County constables face an uphill battle in their effort to obtain funding from the county.
At A Glance
The office of constable is provided for in the state’s 1874 Constitution. Constables are law enforcement officers elected by townships within each Arkansas county. The office carries no salary. Arkansas law sets out minimum training requirements for constables to allow them access to the Arkansas Crime Information Center and to carry a firearm. The law also requires constables to wear specified uniforms and drive marked vehicles. The law also says “the county may pay reasonable expenses associated with the requirements of this section.”
Source: Staff Report
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