Association of Elected or Appointed Pennsylvania State Constables serving the 43rd Judicial District and the State of Pennsylvania.
We're based in Monroe County, Northeast Pennsylvania, in the scenic Pocono Mountains. We are a not for profit group, committed to the advancement of the Office of the State Constable through training, and cooperation with Local, County, Federal and State Law Enforcement Agencies.
Constables are Peace Officers who after mandated training and certifications, are authorized to arrest for certain crimes and breaches of the peace, anywhere within the boundaries of the Commonwealth.
Constables are Public Officials, elected (or appointed) to their positions in accordance with the laws of elections. each Municipality in Pennsylvania has one or a number of Constables allotted.
Constables are mandated to 80 hours of training before they are "certified" to serve the District Court System
and are mandated to attend a minimum of 20 hours updated training in civil and criminal laws per year.
Constables who carry a firearm while on duty are also required to attend extensive additional training to become "firearm" certified, these certifications must be updated annually at various Pennsylvania Commission on Crimes and Delinquency approved Criminal Justice Institutions.
Constables serve the District Court System by serving Civil Process, Landlord/Tenant complaints (evictions),
Protection From Abuse Orders and Warrants of Arrest.
Constables are also required to appear at the polling places during each election, where they are charged with keeping the peace at the polls, and ensuring that every registered voter is allowed the opportunity to place his or her vote safely.
Constables also perform various other services for the District Justice as Prisoner Transports, Investigations and Courtroom Secutity.
How Do Constables Get Paid?
Constables are paid through the District Courts for services performed for the Court. The Fees are stipulated by State Law in The Constables Fee Bill (Act 44-1994). This law ensures billing for services rendered is fair and equitable state wide. Act 44 breaks down to minute detail what a Constable may bill for and how much may be charged. These fees are paid by the Plaintiff in Civil Cases and the Defendant in Criminal Cases, making a State Constable the most cost effective official to the tax payer, as tax revenue is seldom if ever used for Constable Fees.
How Can I Find A Constable?
Constables are available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Often Constables are contacted by Attorneys or individuals for private service of subpoena's, armed escort service, security issues, Landlord /Tenant cases, PFA service, and personal property retrievals in domestic cases.
Again, even in these situations, the Constables fee does not burden the Taxpayer, for the recepient of the service is solely responsible to pay.
For Constables in Monroe County, Pennsylvania see our MEMBERSHIP page.
Monroe County Pennsylvania