Police / Constable / Municipal / County Governments / Buddy System

Communities throughout America find it increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to provide the necessary funding for the critically needed increases for police protection in the area of manpower, additional administrative staff and equipment. The constant threat to layoff local police officers is on a upward trend, this is menacing to the public needs and interest.

The average entry-level police officers salary of $26,000 and 20-25% average allotment in costs for Pensions, Health, & Insurance benefits, are now beyond the reach of local communities. The decrease in funds for adequate police protection improvement and development causes the rate of crime to continue to increase. The most recent U.S. Department of Justice Uniform Crime Report for the summer of 2000 conclusively allows that the rate of crime has increased, while the number of police enforcement personnel has steadily decreased.

One larceny-theft every 4.5 sec. / One burglary every 15.4 sec. / One violent crime every 22.1 sec. One aggravated assault every 34.6 sec. / One forcible rape every 1.3 min. / One murder every 33.9 min

The implementation of a nationwide study of the constable system and its relationship to police effectiveness is in the public interest and of critical importance. The constable is evolved in today's society in numerous forms and duties. In some states he is appointed and in others, he is elected. The constable's powers vary from state to state.

Usually, the constable is used within the judicial system. As a process server for arrest warrant's, traffic warrant's, writs, criminal, & civil subpoenas; of court documents and transport of prisoners / defendants, involved in pending actions. Generally constables work on a fixed fee plus mileage basis, with the fee being paid by the parties in the court action. Constables are available for a variety of assignments for the Judicial and Executive branches of municipal, county governments, and private attorneys.

The vast human resource of the elected or appointed constable's optionally in uniform. Can be supplemented by local men and women, who can become an integral and meaningful work force. Available to the nation's police department's municipal & county governments throughout America. The presence of the constable assuredly increases the effectiveness of the before mentioned government agencies. The need for utilization of civilians within the police departments has been widely recognized and accepted.

The American Bar Association’ Advisory

Committee on Police Function.

We strongly urge that police departments experiment with a mixture of various differences to the present programs including substantial use of civilians assistants within their departments.

“Remember constables are not police officers, they are however sworn peace officers with the statutory powers of arrest without warrant”