I just read your commentary on the Las Vegas Constables office and the present Constable (an elected official) etc. This is being written not as sour grapes on my part, but rather to advise your newspaper, and your readers, as to certain facts regarding the office of Constable. Constables were the first police in the USA.
The word COP is an acronym for: Constable on Patrol. Remember the “Keystone Cops”? They were all Constables.
While these facts have nothing to do with the personal grievances your newspaper or the city council of Las Vegas may have regarding the present Las Vegas Constable, the fact remains that he is only one of many Constables in this country, and in the world, most of whom are well respected members of their communities.
I worked as a North Las Vegas Constable for over thirty years beginning in 1963. I worked under Constable Lou Tabat who won four elections in a row as Constable of the North Las Vegas Township. I can attest to the fact that during the years I served with that department, not one blemish was ever recorded on the record of Constable Lou Tabat or on any deputy constable who worked in that department.
I also served as Commander of the National Police Constables Association for ten years. I know a little about the functions of Constables in the USA and in other countries of the world such as England, where Constables are the leading Law Enforcement Agency.
In my opinion, it’s a mistake to try to discredit the office of the Las Vegas Constable because the city council of Las Vegas has a personal vendetta against the present Las Vegas Constable. As far as I’m concerned, this elected official, who was elected by the people to act in the capacity of Constable of the Las Vegas Township is an individual who represents the department he was elected to. Writing articles to discredit him personally should have nothing to do
with the good office of Constable.
How many stories have we heard regarding information to discredit elected officials, including but not limited to; personal attacks on the Sheriff of Clark Country Nevada, who also happens to be the Chief of Police of the city of Las Vegas. I haven’t heard of the Las Vegas City Council wanting to eliminate the Sheriff’s office or any other office that is represented by an elected official who fell out of favor with one group or the other.
As you pointed out in your article, looking back to the administration of the former Constable of Las Vegas, who served in that capacity prior to the election of the present Constable, according to your article, he did an outstanding job in that position including the financials of that good office. No question about it, the powers to be in this city can take it upon themselves to try to eliminate the office of the Constable of the Las Vegas Township but if they do that, it will be in violation of the laws they themselves established.
Why not get right down to it… eliminate the Constable not the office of Constable of the Las Vegas Township.