A constable is a certified peace officer in the State of Texas and is elected to office for a four-year term. The constable is the chief law enforcement officer of his or her precinct, and I am elected in Precinct 1, which includes parts of Downtown, the Park Cities, North Dallas, Lake Highlands, East Dallas, and the White Rock Lake area.
We handle many of the civil court papers, criminal warrants, child attachments, evictions, seizures of property, and mental illness warrants in our precinct.
The deputies in Precinct 1 face different kinds of challenges every day.
Some pleasant. Some not so pleasant.
One of my most unusual, but pleasant experiences occurred while working with officers attempting to execute an arrest warrant at a residence. I was standing outside, and an elderly lady approached and asked for my assistance.
The other officers were leaving the area because no one was at the residence, and I told her I would be glad to help.
As we began to walk over to her house, I asked about her problem.
She told me a man was in her house and wouldn’t leave. As we entered the house, I was still asking questions. Suddenly, we stopped, at which time she said: “Tell him to leave,” and pointed to the couch.
It quickly became apparent to me that no one was on the couch or in the house, and the lady was just lonely and looking for some support. So in an effort to help her, I started talking to the empty couch and requested that the culprit leave and not return. Then, I escorted the culprit out of the house.
I also gave the lady my card and told her to call if I could be of any further assistance. I left and returned to the office. Already waiting there was a phone call advising me that the culprit had returned.
I drove back to the residence and spoke to the lady to ease her mind. The suspect was confronted again, advised of his (or her) rights, and arrested. This time, I put the individual in my Jeep Cherokee and explained to the lady she would have no more problems with the person, because I was putting the culprit behind bars to stay.
The lady and I exchanged good-byes, and I haven’t heard from her since. The culprit must still be in jail, because she hasn’t called me since.
As officers for the City or County, we face situations every day, pleasant and not so pleasant, that cause us to use caution, care and concern for the citizens that we serve.
As a constable, it’s my job to be of service to residents of our neighborhood. If you have questions about my job or how I can be of assistance to you, please let me know.