White County May Reduce Number of Constable Positions

JANUARY 17, 2006 - Posted at 7:42 a.m. CST

SEARCY, AR - White County officials are considering cutting back the number of constables in their county from more than 40 to nine.

Under the state constitution, constables have the power to make arrests, serve warrants and pursue suspected felons, but are not required to be professionally trained in law enforcement.

At a November meeting, several members of the White County Constable Association opposed any reduction of their ranks.  They said the plan might make police work so expensive for some constables that several might not seek re-election.  Constables receive no compensation for patrolling.

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