FROM THE HISTORICAL ARCHIVES OF

THE ALABAMA STATE CONSTABLE ASSOCIATION

T A S C A

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE SEVEN POINTED BADGE

Not many people give much thought to a badge, but did you know that the badge an officer wear has a rich history dating back to medieval times. Most people are not aware of this, but the first police officers were medieval knights and the coat of arms worn by knights identified the knight and his allegiance to justice, chivalry, and his royal leaders by the insignia displayed on his shield. In the United State on September 1, 1635 The Town of Boston, MA appointed and records the name of William Chesebrough as a constable who wore the first shield. 


Officers swear to protect and serve, the same as knights from the medieval era sworn an oath and were asked to "Protect the weak, defenseless, helpless, and fight for the general welfare of all." Today the wearers may not receive respect but the shield the badge and the star, what it symbolize has always been highly respected by the majority.

MORE FACTS

Did you know that the original badge had seven-points. Through the years some states and counties have redesigned the original seven pointed badge, changing it to the now commonly used six and five pointed badge we see today.


The seven-pointed star is also found within Christian tradition as a symbol of protection, the seven-points representing the perfection of GOD and the seven days of creation.


In 1886 C.W. Warner hired a jeweler named Irvine Jachens to craft the seven-pointed star represents the "seven seals" of the Book of Revelation in the New Testament that include virtue, divinity, prudence, fortitude, honor, glory and praising GOD. All favorable traits that officers were expected to espouse. Some departments adopted the seven-pointed star to remind everyone of the precepts by which the officers were guided.

WHAT IS A CONSTABLE

  • The common definition of a Constable: Is an elected law enforcement officer with limited power of authority.

  • Note: The Alabama State Legislative dose not recognize a deputy constable. Persons elected to the office of constable in Mobile County have no authority or power to appoint, nominate, constitute or deputize any person as a deputy constable and are not authorized to operate privately owned motor vehicles that are equipped with emergency blue lights.

  • The qualifications to become a State Constable are: You must be morally and ethically sound, be a citizen of the county and live within the precinct you are running in, with no warrants, having no criminal record such as (Misdemeanor, Felony or Domestic Violence), and be 21 years of age to carry a firearm.

  • The Alabama State Constable Association (TASCA) States: the Constable is Alabama's oldest law enforcement agency and has been in service for 199 years, and one of the only two remaining elected peace officers in the world. Mobile County has 88 precincts one Constable each and more Constables than any other County in the State.

  • The Alabama State Constable Association (TASCA) States: there are 67 counties in Alabama, 24 counties have Constables and the following 24 counties are: Barbour, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, Coosa, Dallas, Dekalb, Elmore, Etowah, Franklin, Green, Jackson, Jefferson, Marengo, Marion, Mobile, Monroe, Russell, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Walker, Wilcox and Winston Counties.'

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE DUTIES OF A CONSTABLE AND THEIR AUTHORITY TO DO THE FOLLOWING

  • Jurisdiction: Under Alabama State Law, Constables have jurisdiction throughout their assigned County, State and by special order any State.

  • Vehicle: A Constable will perform all his or her duties with a distinctively marked vehicle visible at all times, using the appropriate lighting only when needed. Only by the director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety has the authority to designate all such (emergency) vehicles and or must be connected though an agency either paid or volunteer services. Not a registered personal vehicle.

  • Make An Arrest: Constables have the authority to make an arrest, it rarely happens. When a Constable makes an arrest he or she will call on the local Police or Sheriff's Deputies to assist. Later a warrant must be signed at the Mobile Magistrate Office.

  • A Firearm: Every Constable has the right to carry a firearm. At this time an in-depth investigation on Constables is not conducted and it is not a requirement to have previous APOSTC law enforcement training, but it is helpful. There are APOSTC classes with intense training being held throughout the state some classes are not available to Constable's because they are not APOSTC certified, but an APOSTC officer can become a constable. However every Constable has the freedom to take his or her training to whatever level they desire for your safety as well as their's.

  • Transport: Constables with marked vehicles and a prisoner transport cage can provide assistance with the transportation of a prisoner from one jail to another within the state.

  • Traffic Citation: The Alabama Constable Association of Mobile County must have an Origination Agency Identifier (ORI) number in order to issue citation books to constable's to enforce traffic laws. The ORI number is issued to law enforcement agencies that meet all the requirements. The citation is a summons issued by a law enforcement offer who is with an agency, to a person violating a traffic law. A traffic citation is commonly known as a traffic ticket. The citation is a piece of paper that describes one or more violations that a person may have committed.

  • Traffic Safety: Although a Constable cannot write a traffic citation due to not having an Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) number, they can pull over a vehicle, for violating traffic laws, such as reckless driving that may lead to a DUI while paroling a school zone, that constable must calling on the local Police, Sheriff's Depute or State Trooper to assist in issuing a citation or using the APOSTC certified Field Sobriety Test or Drager (Breathalyser). Helping keep your children school zones safe in precinct 65.

  • Income: The money a Constable may earn from escorting funerals, weddings, patrolling schools zones, traffic enforcement for church and special events help Constables pay for their equipment, such as: a Level IV ballistic vest, body-camera, Taser X2, uniforms, handheld-base unit radios, computers and a registered emergency vehicle distinctively marked with the appropriate emergency lighting.

YOUR NEIGHBOR FOR CONSTABLE

Allan J. Barnes won the Presidential General Election on Tuesday, November 08, 2016 with 3279 votes by faith he was victorious, and will take seat Monday, January 16, 2017.

Barnes ran his campaign on the slogan, "Your neighbor for Constable." He's truly committed to the community dedicated to protect and serve. Barnes is focused on building stronger and safer neighborhoods, working hand in hand with each subdivision showing how 21st. century technology can be used to ensure a safe and secure home for you an your family twenty four hours a day seven days a week.

Barnes is an APOSTC certified police officer, EMS First Responder and many of you know him as a former Prichard police officer, he stated on many occasions 'children are our future,' he believes there is a need for children to have positive role models who are positive and productive not only verbal but morally and ethically as well. Barnes a supporter of BullyBlocker, Stop Ahead When You See Red just to name some of the topics he has spoken to hundreds of elementary and high school students in assemblies, encouraging them to not fear any law enforcement officer by reassuring them we are their friends here to protect them, even from being bullied. Barnes wants to bring the office into the 21st. century with technologies of law enforcement. For example, NLETS Interstate Sharing of Photos, Voice Response Translator and Biometrics. Communicating with other agencies changing the perception, that The Alabama State Constable Association (TASCA) is an equitable agency of law enforcement, here to protect and serve you the citizens of the state of Alabama.