* Certified by the State of Pennsylvania (Act 49)
* MPOETC (Police Academy) certified (Act 120)
* Certified instructor in the use of OC Spray, and baton
* NRA Law Enforcement Firearm (Handgun) Instructor certified
*Advanced firearm qualified and licensed
* Fully bonded and insured
* Elected from Patton Township
* Graduate degree in business management
* Graduated from 11 military leadership and service schools
* Over 98% contact rate of all assigned case subjects
* US Army for 24 years
* Military Police from 1978 to 1997
* Pennsylvania State Constable since 2010
* 10 years financial and sales management
* Former PCCD Certified trainer of constables through Indiana University of Pennsylvania
* Region 4 Director for the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Constables (PAFOC)
* Arrest and transport of adult/juvenile individuals with warrants to court, jail, or collect all
* Serve summons and other civil court related papers
* Peacekeeping for businesses and organizations (because businesses and organizations deserve law enforcement protection too):
* Prevention of loitering.
* Assistance in the dismissal of employees that may have a history of hostility.
* Correspondence servicing between hostile parties such as landlord & tenants,
debtors & creditors, neighbor disputes, etc...
* Money escorts
* Keeping the peace at community events, sporting events, events at places of
worship, charity events, etc...
* Property transfers
* Property protection
* Personal protection and escort
* Open to recurring missions/details.
* This office provides its own insurance, and is bonded.
* RATES: Reasonable and negotiable.
* Process servicing
* Personal peacekeeping:
* Out of court landlord/tenant disputes
* Out of court property transfers
* Enforcement of PFA's
* Child custody transfers
* Augmenting assistance to other first responder agencies
* Calming neighbor disputes
* Section 203 (mental health) transports
* RATES: Reasonable and negotiable.
* Courtroom security
* Landlord/tenant cases to include evictions and constable sales
What is a Pennsylvania State Constable?
In the most basic terms, constables are peace officers. They are tasked with a variety of duties but are best known for their work with the court system.
Constables may, but are not required to, serve judicial process, writs, arrest warrants, levies and collect fines.
The constables collect fees for providing these services for the court system. The fees are covered by the defendant in criminal cases or the plaintiff in civil cases. It should be noted that constables are not taxpayer supported, therefore they do not receive a salary for their compensation.
As peace officers, they can perform various duties that help preserve the peace between two disputing parties, help protect persons and property (not security) for community organizations/events, places of worship, and local businesses. Constables are compensated for these duties by the requesting party for the service.
Constables are mandated by law to also work at their election polls at every election. Constables are the only law enforcement officer allowed to exercise jurisdiction at the poll. Their primary duty is to ensure peaceful access to the polls for all voters, and to resolve disputes, either viewed or directed by the Judge of Elections.
How are constables selected?
Constables are elected at the municipal level to serve six-year terms. Usually during odd numbered years.
If no candidates seek election, a qualified elector of that municipality may seek appointment by the President Judge by circulating a petition and collecting at least 10 signatures of voters registered within the municipality they reside.
Who do constables answer to?
Constables belong to the executive branch of government and are answerable to the governor. While constables do perform services for the court system, they do not belong to the judicial branch.
What kind of training do constables have to go through?
All constables must complete the Constables' Education and Training Program. They are required to complete 80 hours of basic training.
After they are certified, constables are required to perform an additional 20 hours of continuing education training every year they serve. This training may be free of charge from the Constables' Education and Training Fund, or the constable may have to share in the costs of training or bear the full costs of training.
Like other law enforcement agencies, constables are state certified, under Act 49.
Are constables allowed to carry firearms?
Yes, however, they are not required to carry a firearm in performance of their duties by law, however they must be certified to work judicial jobs, as directed by the PA Supreme Court Guidelines to the magisterial court in 2013. If a constable does not plan to carry a firearm, they do not have to be trained.
If a constable does plan to carry a firearm, they are required to go through 40 hours of basic firearms training and become certified. After they receive their initial firearms certification, armed constables must take 5 hours of annual firearms qualification every year.
Does a constable need insurance?
Yes. Constables must file proof of current professional liability insurance with the Clerk of Courts. The insurance must cover the constable in the performance of their duties.
The minimum coverage is $250,000 per incident and a minimum aggregate of $500,000 per year. A copy of insurance certification is on file with the county clerk of court/prothonotary.
They must also carry a bond, filed at the county clerk of court/prothonotary, in the amount of $3,000 - $5,000.
Will work for any Pennsylvania Court, legal agencies, businesses, and community citizens who want professional law enforcement, through personal & property peacekeeping, and efficient results. All duties performed in uniform, and in a professional manner.