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Vote Kenneth "KW" Sam for Tarrant County Constable 2020

Bringing customer service back into our community is Kenneth Sam's goal. Service, accountability and management while servicing the public in the constable's office is priority for Kenneth "KW" Sam. For those who do not understand what a constable does, please read the information below . Then you will realize the urgency to vote Kenneth "KW" Sam. He is the man for the job and is definitely qualified to accomplish it on a daily basis.

A constable is a person holding a particular office, most commonly in "CIVIL" law enforcement. The office of constable can vary significantly in different jurisdictions. 

Responsibilities of Constables Office

It is the Constable's duty to execute and return all processes, warrants, summons and judgement enforcement documents as directed by lawful officials. The Constable may seize and sell real and personal property upon lawful order of a court, returning the proceeds according to law. Constables are Texas Peace Officers and may arrest, with or without warrant, violators of State Penal laws and persons who commit breaches of the peace in their presence.

A Constable's jurisdiction for service of civil process documents is throughout their county as well as every adjacent county. They may serve documents for State. County and Justice Courts of Texas, as well as processes issued by lawful courts of other states. The Commissioners Court establishes fees for this service. The fees collected are deposited into the general fund of Tarrant County.

The Constables and their deputies are officers of the courts. They provide fair and impartial notification to citizens of court actions that may involve them.

About Constables

Our Duties

The Precinct 8 Constables Office will strive to provide the highest quality of service and standards expected of law enforcement officers. Our duties include:

Delivering Subpoenas to witnesses

Acting as bailiff

Executing judgments and warrants

Assist the Justices of the Peace, County and District courts

Assist the Attorney General's Office with child support enforcement.

Patrolling functions

Conducting criminal investigations

Assisting other Law Enforcement Agencies and Emergency Service Departments

Enforce laws regarding illegal dumping

Enforce laws on insufficient funds

Stop vehicles for major traffic violations

Constables are involved in the overall effort to reduce the effects of crime in their communities

Process serving:

writ of possessions

writ of attachments

writ of sequestrations

writ of habeas corpus

writ of executions

writ of garnishments

writ of retrieval

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Origin of Constables in Texas

On March 5, 1823, John Jackson Tumlinson Sr., the first alcalde of the Colorado district of the Old 300 of Stephen Fuller Austin's colony, is considered by many Texas Ranger historians to be the first Texas Ranger killed in the line of duty. He wrote to the Baron de Bastrop in San Antonio that he had appointed but one officer who acts in the capacity of constable to summon witnesses and bring offenders to justice. That appointee, Thomas V. Alley, thus became the first Anglo law enforcement officer in the future Republic and State of Texas.

The Constitution of the Republic of Texas (1836) provided for the election in each country of a sheriff and a sufficient number of constables. During the 10 years of the republic's existence, 38 constables were elected in 12 counties.

Shortly after Texas became a State, an act passed by the legislature specified that the constable should be the conservator of the peace throughout the country.

The Texas constable is provided for in the Texas Constitution of 1876 (Article 5, Section 19). In Texas, constables and their deputies are fully empowered peace officers with countywide jurisdiction, and thus may legally exercise their authority in any precinct within their county.