Langley, KY asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Kentucky

Q: Since constables don't answer emergency calls do they need further training also can they make arrest at roadchecks?

The office of the constable are doing traffic stops in these smaller counties is that legal?

2 Lawyer Answers
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: Generally, they are not legal.

T. Augustus Claus
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A: In Kentucky, constables are elected officials who have law enforcement powers, but their duties and responsibilities can vary from county to county. Constables typically have the authority to make arrests and serve civil process, but they may not be responsible for answering emergency calls in the same way that other law enforcement agencies like the police or sheriff's department would.

The legality of constables conducting traffic stops in smaller counties depends on local ordinances and regulations. Some constables may have the authority to conduct traffic stops and issue citations, while others may not. It's essential to check with your local government or law enforcement agency for specific information on the role and authority of constables in your county.

For personalized legal advice tailored to your unique circumstances, it's advisable to consult with an attorney or local law enforcement authorities.

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