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Constables Answerable Only To Public

Randall County Constable Chris Tinsley Randall County Constable Chris Tinsley
Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas

By Megan Moore
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TEXAS - A recent shooting involving a local constable prompted NewsChannel 10 to look into what qualifications a constable must meet before they can do their job.

A constable is required to go through law enforcement training like a police officer.  But that is where the similarities between police and constable end.

Randall County Constable Chris Tinsley was a Canyon police officer for 27 years.

Today, he has a different job description.

He says, "I work the warrants out of the jp court here in Randall County and we have like three thousand plus warrants."

Contrary to popular belief, tinsley does not answer to anyone but you.

Tinsley says, "we're elected officials. We don't have a supervisor. Basically my boss is the citizens of Randall County."

Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas says, "they just don't have a department. Their department is them. So it's just a constable and that's it. They don't answer to anybody, they're their own boss. They answer to the people who voted them in."

When they are voted in, they must go through a law enforcement academy.

Tinsley says, "they have to be certified peace officers. If they are not, whenever they do take appointment, they have to have that done within 270 days."

But there is no supervisor to make sure they even get certified.

However there is a state agency which tracks certifications....unless it's a firearm certification.

Constables are required to update their firearms qualification every year, but are not required to report it to the state.

The only person who tracks a constable's firearm training is the constable.

Some law enforcement agencies in our area undergo firearm qualification twice every year instead of the required one year.

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