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A peace officer for a particular geographic area — most often a rural county — who commonly has the power to serve legal papers, arrest lawbreakers and keep the peace. Depending on the state, a constable may be similar to a marshal or sheriff.
n. a law officer for a particular area such as a rural township, much like a sheriff (who serves a county) and usually elected, who is responsible for such duties as serving summonses, complaints, subpoenas, and court orders, assisting the local court, as well as “keeping the peace.” In England, this was an exalted position as law enforcement chief for an extensive area, but in the United States, the office of constable is a dying breed, like Justice of the Peace.
Where the word ‘constable’ is used in a Statute, and in most case reports, it can refer to any serving police officer of any rank. ‘Constable’ is also a rank within the police service, but that is an administrative matter, not a technical one.
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