Commonwealth Journal

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November 12, 2012

Position of constable called into question by state agency


Somerset —

Wallace, covering southern Pulaski communities, might be the most visible in that area. He’s even sent press releases to the Commonwealth Journal on numerous occasions describing his arrests and roles in traffic stops — one incident from August of this year even had him involved in a high-speed police chase.
“... Pulaski County Constable Mike Wallace (was) waiting with stop sticks as well,” according to the August 15, 2012 article. “(The suspect) attempted to strike Wallace with his vehicle. ... Wallace managed to jump out of the way ...”
Even Palmer noted that Wallace is someone better suited for the law enforcement side of constable action than himself.
“When someone wants to challenge me, I call Mike (Wallace),” said Palmer. “I’m too old to get in a fight.”
Wallace said that he had “plenty of training” and always presents information about his training sessions to his local magistrate “so he has a copy if someone comes in and says I can’t be doing this  — they can go (to the magistrate) and he can show them the documentation that I have been trained.”
Wallace said he’s received survival training, toxicology, basic offer skills and more, and feels that this is crucial to doing his job well.
“If you’re going to do (the job) and you’re going to be productive, you do need training,” he said. “You can’t help (anybody) if you can’t take control of the situation and see it out.”
Rather than being offended by the comments made as a result of the report, Wallace said that he finds it “very offensive that there are people out there pulling the stunts they’re pulling without the training.”
Wallace said he works a schedule similar to any other law enforcement personnel, serving four days a week and taking three days off, and couldn’t place an exact number on the average arrests he makes in a week but noted that they can be plentiful.

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