Constables are Public Officers elected or appointed in their jurisdiction. A Constable is a sworn Law Enforcement Officer that can arrest for felony crimes, breaches of the peace, violations of drug laws, any harm to a person or their property and by warrant anywhere in the commonwealth. A Constable is also an officer empowered to carry out the business of the statewide district court system by serving arrest warrants, transporting prisoners, delivery of summons, complaints and subpoenas. Besides our normal duties we also serve the public by serving Protection from abuse orders, standing by during property removal, evictions and delivering child custody, divorce and other legal paperwork. Constables are also charged with maintaining order at the election polls and ensuring that no qualified elector is obstructed from voting. Constables are the only law enforcement officials permitted at the polls on election day. While Constables primarily serve the Courts, they belong to the executive branch of government. Constables have statewide authority, thus, the title became "State Constable".
Constables are empowered to enforce both criminal and civil laws. Police officers are empowered to enforce criminal and traffic laws. A Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of the County and is empowered to enforce criminal, civil, and traffic laws. It is the constable's job to enforce the law and carry it out, just the same as the job of district attorneys, sheriffs and the police.