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November 12, 2012

Position of constable called into question by state agency


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“I went to Richmond and took a 40-hour training course,” he said. “I kept a file up there at the magistrates office. I tried to go once a month (before illness prevented him from doing so in recent months).
“The sheriff’s offices and police department have to pay for their officers to go through that long course,” he added. “If there’s space available, then I could go to that class. I’m registered to go, but if there’s a police department or sheriff’s office that needs that class, then I get booted and they get to stay.”
Palmer said that as far as he knows, Mike Wallace, Pulaski’s District 5 constable, has received similar training — and is the only other one in Pulaski to do so.
Shane Haste, District 2 constable over northern Pulaski communities, hasn’t — and the fact that nobody sponsors him to do so is the key reason why, along with his other responsibilities (since being constable is only a part-time job).
“If I had time, I would,” said Haste. “I just got rid of two businesses I had to run. That’s what pays my bills; being constable doesn’t.
“If they were willing to pay us to go to training like everyone else does, I would be more than happy to go,” he said, “but they don’t pay us anything. If I had the time and money and resources, I would go spend the weekend in Richmond myself, I would probably be glad to, but at this time, that’s not something I want to do.”
But Haste said he doesn’t get too involved in the action of law enforcement either, sticking to document deliveries and occasionally assisting other law enforcement agencies at the scene of a car accident.

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