Constables are certified peace officers; they have the same enforcement powers as other peace officers and often participate actively in criminal investigations. In many communities, constables focus on truancy cases. In addition to performing traditional law enforcement functions, the constable also serves as bailiff for the justice courts and serves subpoenas and papers necessary to the functioning of both the civil and criminal justice systems. The constable also plays an important role in making sure the judgments rendered in civil cases are satisfied. The constable also must keep accounts of the financial transactions of the office and is responsible for property seized or money collected by court order.
As with all elected county officials, the constable has ultimate authority over the operations of the office, including the authority to hire and fire personnel and direct their daily activities. The constable also has authority to determine how to use all other resources allocated to the office during the budget process.
Texas Justice Court Training Center
1501 South Mopac Expressway #350
Austin Texas 78746
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education is the permanent contact for constables hours.
6330 U.S. Highway 290 East, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78723
Continuing Education Deadlines for all Peace Officer Licensees
Commission Rule 217.11 Legislatively Required Continuing Education for Licensees requires that individuals licensed as peace officers complete 40 hours of training in each of the two 24-month units of the current (four-year) training cycle, which began Sep. 1, 2005, and will end on Aug. 31, 2009. Included within the 40-hour requirement are other legislatively required topics. These requirements are listed below for your information. All peace officers must meet these requirements or their peace officer licenses will become inactive Aug. 31, 2009.
Legislatively required continuing education requirements for the current training cycle for peace officers are as follows:
|Special Investigative Topics
||3232 or 3737
||3939 or 3737
|Crisis Intervention Training
||3840, 3841, 4001
*Note the above courses are mandatory, but can be used as part of the 40 hours required in either unit
|40 hours in the first unit - any topic(s)
|| 09/01/05 - 08/31/11|
|40 hours in the second unit - any topic(s)
||09/01/07 - 08/31/13|
Constables and Deputy Constables
Constables and deputy constables are also required to have the 20-hour civil process course (3101 or 3131) as part of the above requirements, but their deadlines vary and some waivers apply.
Individuals who possess (only) licenses as jailers, reserves and/or public security officers are required to have Cultural Diversity (3939) completed no later than Aug. 31, 2009, or their licenses will become inactive.
Recent Academy Graduates: If your basic peace officer academy included 16 hours of CIT training, your academy training coordinator needs to submit a roster of course numbers 3842, with zero hours, marked to indicate completion of the CIT requirement. (The zero-hour listing indicates that you have already received credit for the hours within the BPOC, while the course number indicates that the CIT course requirement has been met.)
All other peace officers: If you were licensed on or after Sept. 1, 2003, you must complete this requirement prior to applying for an intermediate or advanced certificate, or by Aug. 31, 2007, whichever is earlier. If you were licensed prior to Sept. 1, 2003, you must complete this requirements prior to applying for an intermediate or advanced certificate, or by Aug. 31, 2009, whichever is earlier.
All peace officers must complete this training before Sept. 1, 2009
Programs that qualify
For constables, any approved by TCLEOSE.
Filing for Credit
For constables: Training coordinators' report hours earned to TCLEOSE. Records of Texas Justice Court Training Center training of civil process for constables are recorded by TJCTC and forwarded to TCLEOSE.
Continuing Education Requirements
For constables: Required to attain 40 hours biannually, 20 hours of which must be in civil process.
V.T.C.A., Tex. Occ. Code, Sec. 1701.3545
Open Government Training Information
Elected and appointed public officials are required by a state law to receive training in Texas open government laws. For more information on this training including free video training courses, check out The Office of the Attorney General website
County Official Organizations
The Texas Association of Counties serves as the umbrella organization for various independent county official organizations in Texas. These organizations serve as an important resource for county officials for information, networking and advocacy.
Here you will find links to these organizations' websites which provide information on annual conference dates, leadership information and more.
Justices of the Peace and Constables Association