ABOUT A CONSTABLE
WHAT IS A CONSTABLE?
A Constable is an Elected Officer of the County in the Justice Region in which they reside. They are the Executive Officer of that Justice Region. The Constable serves Criminal and Civil process of the Magistrate and Justice of the Peace Court or other competent authority. Constables are elected by the voters of the Justice Region every four years. By the nature of their duties Constables are constantly in the presence of the citizens within the Region that they serve, usually having more one on one contact than most Elected Officials.
IS THE CONSTABLE A PEACE OFFICER?
Yes, your Constable is one of two Elected Peace Officers in the State of Arizona. Your Constable is responsible for the processes out of the Justice of the Peace and Magistrate Courts.
The other one is the Sheriff who is responsible for the processes out of the Superior Court.
The Constables and Sheriffs have similar duties and responsibilities by State Law but differ in the fact Constables do not patrol and generally do not investigate crimes. Constables are also not mandated to maintain a Jail system.
ARE THE CONSTABLE’S DUTIES HAZARDOUS?
Yes, Five Constables have been killed in the line of duty in Arizona.
Constables often have to perform duties that are very confrontational. This is where experience and training is very important. Constables are required to meet specific training standards on an annual basis set forth by the State of Arizona.
Constable Jess Bolinger
Constable Colt White