Re-Elect Ray Helm for Constable
2020   Hays County Pct.3

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The Early History of Constables

Early records indicate that the first Constables were established by King Alfred of England, in the year 871 A.D.  The Constable was the highest Judge in the Military offenses and in questions of chivalry and honor.  He was also named by the King to be the supreme arbitrator in tilts, tournaments, and martial displays.  On June 15, 1215, the Magna Carta established Judiciaries, Constables, Sheriffs or Baliffs.  The Magna Carta was the institution of due process, or the law and jury system.

Constables in Colonial America

The first Constable was appointed in Plymouth Colony in 1632.  During that time, the leading official was the Justice of the Peace.  The Justice of the Peace, assisted by the Constable, was in charge of the County Court, which was both judiciary and legislative.  The Constable enforced the orders of colonial and county officials in both civil and criminal matters.

Constables in Texas

While still a colony of Mexico, Constables and Sheriffs were established in Texas when Stephen F. Austin wrote and proposed codes of criminal regulation.  The Mexican Government approved these regulations, and added them to the established elections by precinct for the Constables.  In 1876, the Constitution of the State of Texas was adopted.  It set forth the elected office of the Constable, thus the present Constables office was established.  The Constable term is 4 years.  He/She must be a certified peace officer when elected or within 270 days.  If he/she has never been a peace officer, they must have at least an Associates Degree before appointed.  The Constable appoints their deputies, who must also be certified peace officers.  The elected Constable's Commission is held by the Secretary of State like DPS and other State agencies.  They are true State Peace Officers.

What are the Duties?

The Constable and their deputies have all the powers and responsibilities of any peace officer in the State.  They may write tickets, make arrests, conduct investigations and file criminal charges.  However, they have additional enforcement responsibilities for which standard street police officers are not accountable.  The Constable and deputies serve as the Baliff in Justice Court.  In addition, they are responsible for serving and executing Civil Process and Civil Court orders. B ecause civil law is often more technical than criminal law, it requires additional training in specialized schools with an emphasis civil law.

How do Constables Differ From Other Police Officers?

Constables have the same powers as standard police officers, but with the added responsibility of civil law enforcement. Because the civil aspects of their duties generate revenues for the county's general fund, many Constables' offices are self-supporting.  It is a unique law enforcement agency, as it has the capacity to return funds to the county treasury, thus reducing tax dollars.

Public Service

Along with their customary duties, Constables are dedicated to public service. They assist other agencies with traffic control during traffic accidents and fires.  Constables assist with 911 emergency calls, searches for the elderly and missing children and escort service duties.  They provide back-up support to other law enforcement agencies (i.e. Sheriff Department, Police, D.P.S. etc.) as needed.  Constables are available to serve their community whenever or wherever they are needed.

The Constable is your local Peace Officer. Elected by the people, for the people.

                      About Me

I was born in San Marcos, Texas and was raised to the age of 8 in Wimberley, Texas.
My Dad was a Deputy Sheriff here in Hays County.  We later moved to Liverpool Texas.  After High school I came back to San Marcos to go to College and work. I tried a few jobs in the construction field and then ended up with a 10 year career at Breed and Company Hardware in Austin, Texas while I finished my education.  I felt a calling towards law enforcement, but was not sure which direction to go.  Constable Lupe Cruz put me on as a Deputy in San Marcos where I spent 5 years learning how to be a Deputy Constable.  Later in 2007, Constable Darrell Ayres asked if I was ready to come home.  I accepted and here we are.

Constable Ayres has taught me how to run an office and has polished me to take over and run this office when he leaves.  It has been an honor to serve him as his Deputy. I am so proud to be a part of our community, my family gets to enjoy it like I did. So much has changed since I was a child, but the people here are still the same.