|Published: 8:08 PM, 07/26/2013
||Last updated: 8:09 PM, 07/26/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
Our constables have the right to enforce the law anywhere
in the state. Why didn't our CLB know this?
Mayor Vaughn Moore stated, "You could abolish their
police powers." Let me thank Mayor Moore on behalf of the criminals.
Criminals would revel in victory if there were seven less law enforcement
CLB Commissioner Phil Killion asked Constable Whitten how
much it would impact constables if their power to write tickets was taken away.
I feel Mr. Killion should ask the citizens, include the
survivors, how do they feel since they lost their loved ones because of someone
speeding or driving drunk?
CLB's Lonnie Ottinger said, "They need to be out
there catching thieves."
Our constables do watch for everything and are doing a
great job covering our vast county. Anyone speeding or driving drunk is far
more dangerous than a thief.
The CLB never has enough money to meet the financial
requests from our various departments.
A constable makes $22.50 per ticket, after the fine is
paid. One constable made $1,000 for the month; the revenue our county received
Don't forget our constables furnish their own
transportation, insurance, vehicle maintanance and fuel.
The same week Mayor Moore made his comment about
abolishing the constables' powers, another sheriff took pro-active action
towards crime. A half-a-day's training with the sheriff's department enables
volunteers to legally write tickets. This helps free up deputies to focus on
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