WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu November 8, 2012
Kentucky Report Says Office of Constable is Outdated
A report released by Kentucky’s Justice and Public Safety Secretary concludes the office of constable is outdated and no longer relevant for law enforcement in the Commonwealth. The report ordered by Secretary J. Michael Brown cited several high-profile incidents involving constables over the past year. The report compiled by the Department of Criminal Justice Training also found that the office poses potential liabilities for counties.
Secretary Brown says he asked a working group to assess the position of constable to determine whether a position that was established 200 years ago in Kentucky is still relevant. Brown says “the answer is a resounding ‘no’". The report noted that there is no required training, education, or experience to serve as constable in Kentucky.
A copy of the full report can be found here.