State Report Calls Constables "Outdated" And "Irrelevant"

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 11/08/2012 6:27 pm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AAdelsonABC36
Kentucky has constables, but does the state need them?  They have badges, carry guns, and can arrest people.  Constable is a county office.  A report from the state calls them "Outdated" and Irrelevant."

Franklin County voters elected Richard Sandifer Constable one year ago.  He says he ran, because he wanted to help the community.  Now he feels under attack from the state government.

"It's nothing to the tax-payer.  As far as my position, I'm not losing tax-payers a dime.  Everything I do is a benefit to the tax payer," said Franklin County's 6th District Constable, Richard Sandifer.

Constables can collect fees, but they're not paid a salary, receive no training, and anybody can run.  The state's head of Public Safety says Constables are not needed for safety.

"Constables in Kentucky accounted for 0.02 percent of the law enforcement activity in the state, which is statistically a 0," said Secretary of Justice and Public Safety J. Michael Brown.

Secretary Brown's 200 plus page report on Constables says while researching the office, people are likely to find Sheriffs who want the position amended out of the constitution. 

"Overall most of them are not trained, and it's a liability.  It was an office, it's an antiquated office that needs to be done away with," said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.

Kentucky Constables date back to the 1700's.  Secretary Brown says it's time to make them history.

"One option is to amend the constitution, which is a very difficult thing to do in Kentucky.  Another is to simply change the statute.  So, we can't necessarily remove the office, but we can certainly remove the authority that goes with the office of Constable," said Sec. Brown.

Or legislators can do nothing, and Richard Sandifer will continue to serve. 

"I really do try to help," said Sandifer.
Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
Will This 'Special Delivery' Become Viral Sensation?
One Georgetown family found packages scattered across their driveway. They don't need to wonder what happened; they caught it all on camera. Video Video
Laurel Deputies Searching for Man Considered "Armed & Extremely Dangerous"
Officers in Laurel County are currently searching for a man they consider to be armed and extremely dangerous after he allegedly opened fire on a woman for no reason.
2 Injured Then Arrested After Crash
Two people were taken to the hospital for their injuries and then arrested after an early Wednesday morning crash in Lexington. Video Video
London Police Chief Suspended On Terror & Stalking Charges
London Police Chief Stewart Walker has been suspended with pay after being accused of terrorizing and stalking a woman he used to live with, according to court documents. Video Video
UPDATE: Missing Robertson Co. Woman Found Unresponsive
A maintenance worker from Blue Lick State Park, who was volunteering with search teams, said he found Nancy Pugh unresponsive in a barn loft in a remote area of the park just after 5 Wednesday afternoon.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.