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    Having begun my search for applicable agencies to work for I asked my friend who is an Austin PD officer about them. He said that generally they are looked down upon by other agencies and are pretty much where the old and lame go when they either can't hack it anymore or can't get on with another department. He also said that the type of work they do is pretty lame. Is this the general consensus? I would like to hear opinions on working there.

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    He must not have ever seen Dallas County Constables work. Dallas County Constables do not fit that bill you describe at all. I see them working all the time on IH-35E.
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    • #3
      Down in South Texas, we have the constable offices that just do civil process, work monday through friday 8-5 and weekends off. We also have those that work shifts and do patrol duties like everyone else.

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      • #4
        Depends on the county. Harris County has some excellent deputy constables as do some of the surrounding counties. There are some that stick to serving civil papers and JP warrants, but there are others that are very proactive and work everything from traffic to auto theft to fugitive task forces.

        A constable has to be re-elected every four years and that can be a benefit or a detriment depending on what happens. You may be without a job if someone new is elected. Go talk to a deputy at the pct that you are interested in working for and see what their day entails.

        I worked for a constable back in 1980 and there was a lot of freedom as to what you did and when you did it. Serving civil papers was pretty boring, but then I could set my hours.

        There were times I had great deal of fun running down people who wrote hot checks. Big violators would write checks totaling more than $10,000.00 and would be very good at trying to avoid arrest. They come in all shapes and sizes. I remember a couple who were grandparents that were pretty hard to catch. Another lady lived in a large home and worked at a chemical plant in Deer Park making really good money. I arrested her as she was about to walk into the gate at work for the midnight shift.

        Depending on the constable and what I was assigned to do I would consider doing it again if I were looking for a job.
        Ut humiliter opinor

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        • #5
          I have a new found respect for constables. Today, I was enroute to a "harassment in progress" which really turned out to be a domestic dispute. While enroute I encountered the suspect/second parties vehicle. He was driving all over the road, I pulled him over and realized he was intoxicated. My S.O. FTO program never showed me how to do a DWI. Luckily, a constable was in the area and heard that I had checked out with the second party. The constable arrived to check on my status and offered to take the DWI from me. I can't tell you enough how great full I felt after that. I always looked down on them but now I don't.

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          • #6
            My understanding is that in the Houston area the constables do a lot of contract patrol for homeowners' associations. When I was there in the 1980s, I was told that there was a lot of variation in quality. I think some of them were part-time, too.

            The lack of job security is a very negative factor. You also will not have the variety of assignments and promotional opportunities afforded by a large, primary law-enforcement agency.
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            • #7
              Like some of the other posters suggested, it largely depends on the dept. Some depts. are podunk and backwards, and depending on how you play the game, your job may or may not be secure. Others, like some (not all) of the Houston area depts., are too big and are much more squared away. Yes, they all have their papers and JP court stuff, but some have distinct patrol divisions, work wrecks, knock down a lot of bad guys, do "normal" police stuff, etc.

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              • #8
                If only the constables in Galveston County were like the ones in Harris County *sigh*
                Moooooooooooo, I'm a goat

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Carl View Post
                  He must not have ever seen Dallas County Constables work. Dallas County Constables do not fit that bill you describe at all. I see them working all the time on IH-35E.
                  +1...Those Dallas County boys are crazy......

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DAL View Post
                    My understanding is that in the Houston area the constables do a lot of contract patrol for homeowners' associations. When I was there in the 1980s, I was told that there was a lot of variation in quality. I think some of them were part-time, too.

                    The lack of job security is a very negative factor. You also will not have the variety of assignments and promotional opportunities afforded by a large, primary law-enforcement agency.
                    The Harris County Constables' Offices also provide police services on the tollways, some of the county parks, MUDs, business districts, school districts, etc.

                    Some of the precincts utilize a lot of reserve deputies. I've heard that Harris County Precinct 6 and 7 are mostly reserves. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

                    Originally posted by Dirt Dart View Post
                    Having begun my search for applicable agencies to work for I asked my friend who is an Austin PD officer about them. He said that generally they are looked down upon by other agencies and are pretty much where the old and lame go when they either can't hack it anymore or can't get on with another department. He also said that the type of work they do is pretty lame. Is this the general consensus? I would like to hear opinions on working there.
                    There are some excellent deputy constables that I work with on a daily basis. They are very proactive and competent in what they are doing. They will also back us up on dangerous calls and will run some of our calls on their own. I would trade some of our (lazy and incompetent) officers for them any day.

                    That being said, a lot of the deputies that I've spoken with complain about being at-will employees. The constable can promote, demote, or fire you at any given time for just about any reason.

                    Like others have said, the type of services provided will depend on which precinct you are talking about. Some only serve the courts. Others will have large patrol divisions with several hundred deputies. Some will have specialized divisions like K9 and others won't.

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                    • #11
                      down here in my county, they just went civil service

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                      • #12
                        I know back in the day 6 used to have like 12 full time employees (the Constable's friends and family) and 300 reserves. And about 90% of those reserves illegally worked extra jobs. Don't know if that's still the case though.

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                        • #13
                          I know several Deputy Constables from Fort Bend and Harris County. I can't speak for all of Texas, but for the most part the guys and gals from these areas work. Just like any agency there are those not interested in working, but my experieince with the majority of them has been a positive one. I've had them as my back up on stopping a rollin' stolen, back up on big disturbances, assisting hands on with out of control 1096 persons. If I see them on traffic I check by.

                          It all depends on where you go. They take the same oath as a municipal police officer, county sheriff, etc. Each agency is different. Some just run civil process and some are straight up law enforcement agencies.
                          Last edited by jcastw; 08-25-2009, 10:52 AM.

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                          • #14
                            On my days off from my real job at my PD, I'm THE Deputy Constable in an adjoining county. Me and the Constable serve warrants (hot checks are our big thing here lately with our new County Attorney), serve our civil process, occassionally go out on the major highway though the county, work a little traffic and try to sniff up dope and dope money. But for the most part, we drink coffee and socialize with the other county officials. Of course, he's retired Harris County SO and isn't running for reelection, and I'm padding my resume to run for Constable in 2012. It's usually different though in the bigger counties. When I worked for Tarrant County SO, several of the Constables had their Deputies working their tails off shagging calls and working traffic.
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                            • #15
                              Big Texan your right on....In Dallas County we do everything!!!! Stay safe all..

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