The History of The Alabama Great Seal

Designed in 1817 by the second governor of the Alabama Territory (William Wyatt Bibb),

the great seal of Alabama displays the major rivers of the state. He later became

the first governor of the State of Alabama from 1819 to 1820.

  • The first Constable in Alabama was appointed: On Monday, February 23, 1818 by the Governor of Alabama's Territory from the capital in St. Stephens before being elected the first Governor of the State of Alabama William Wyatt Bibb appointed and named the first officials of Washington County were George Shirley, sheriff; Arthur C. Wingate, coroner; John Howard, ranger; Alex Cathey, justice of the peace, and Reuben Davidson, constable.

  • The Alabama State Constable Association (TASCA): States the common definition of a Constable is an elected law enforcement officer by the popular vote within their precinct or appointed by the Governor, that the constable will faithfully preform the duties imposed by law with limited power of authority.

  • The Alabama State Constable Association (TASCA): States constables are not under APOSTC supervision or oversight. Every other law enforcement officer and deputy in the state, with the exception of sheriffs, must be APOSTC certified.

  • The Alabama State Constable Association (TASCA): States you must be morally and ethically sound, be a citizen of the county and live within the precinct he or she is running in, with no warrants, having no criminal record such as (Misdemeanor, Felony or Domestic Violence charges). Alabama law prohibits any convicted felon from being a law enforcement officer, also in Alabama, if an elected official is conviction of a felony, then upon that conviction their office is automatically vacated. He or she must be 21 years of age to carry a firearm as a (APOSTC law enforcement officer) Constables that is not APOSTC certified and has not been through the intense criminal background investigation is advised to apply for a gun permit through Mobile County Sheriff's Office to show that he or she has none of the charges mention above, and then must receive proper training to use the recommended list of firearms.

  • The Alabama State Constable Association (TASCA): States constable will be well groomed and present a professional appearance to maintain the public's trust and respect. Both the self-esteem generated in the individual and the respect commanded from the public they serve to wear a badge, nameplate and all insignia's on his or her uniform, other wise that officer is out of uniform.

  • 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. In Alabama constables are peace officers and have full powers of arrest, stop and search within their county, except in certain counties which limited what a constable can do, such as Mobile County, a constable can not use blue lights, write tickets or deputize. Others have had their constables powers limited by an act of the State Legislature are indicated above in red, (Etowah and Jefferson Counties). Their general responsibilities are, to serving warrants and acting as process servers.