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Franklin Constables Dispute Recent Reports
Some constables agree they should be required to complete law enforcement training once elected, but they dispute the claim that their office is outdated and irrelevant. The Department of Criminal Justice Training released a lengthy report Thursday that found the office of constable, established in the state’s 1850 Constitution, had no viable role in modern law enforcement. But Franklin County constables interviewed by The State Journal say they provide a valuable service to the community, primarily serving legal notices, conducting evictions, controlling traffic at schools and churches, and handling security details at local businesses.