Texas Constables must be licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education by attending a basic police academy. Any certified Texas peace officer may run for election as a constable; however, they must reside in the precinct for which they run.

Constable Duties

Ellis County constables are both civil and criminal law officers with all the enforcement powers of Texas peace officers. Their duties include:

  • Acting as bailiff
  • Answering citizen complaints
  • Arresting fugitives and other criminal offenders
  • Enforcing court directed orders
  • Executing judgment
  • Performing traffic enforcement
  • Subpoenaing witnesses