Sep 23, 2012 3:39 PM

Law Enforcement Leaders Want Constables Trained

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Sheriff's Association and the Kentucky Constables Association are lobbying the legislature to require law enforcement training for the state's 454 constables.

The Paducah Sun reports ( the constables association offers monthly trainings for its 176 members, but other constables never receive any training. That's despite the fact that they have the same authority as a sheriff's deputy.

The problem was highlighted earlier this month when a Graves County constable was charged with wanton endangerment for using his vehicle to force a traffic stop.

The woman he stopped was a mother and grandmother who had two children in the car and she complained about the stop to the Graves County Sheriff's Department.

Jeffrey Burnett is free on $25,000 bond. He will continue to serve as a constable.


Information from: The Paducah Sun,

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