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What is the cost to the subdivision for a deputy?
For the year of 2011, in an 80% contract, a deputy position will cost a subdivision $73,088.00.  The same position in a 70% contract is $63,952.00.
 
How many deputies should my subdivision have?
Our department recommends one deputy for every 600 homes in the patrol area.
 
Is a deputy constable the same as a police officer?
Yes, Article 2.12 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedures states "Who are peace officers."  Number two on this list, after Sheriff's Deputy, is Constable Deputy.  Municipal police officers are further down the list.
Article 2.13 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedures, titled "Peace Officers: Duties and Powers." states; "It is the duty of every peace officer to preserve the peace within his jurisdiction.  To effect this purpose, he shall use all lawful means.  He shall in every case where he is authorized by the provisions of this Code, interfere without warrant to prevent or suppress crime.  He shall execute all lawful process issued to him by any magistrate or court.  He shall give notice to some magistrate of all offenses committed within his jurisdiction, where he has good reason to believe that there has been a violation of the penal law.  He shall arrest offenders without warrant in every case where he is authorized by law, in order that they may be taken before the proper magistrate or court and be tried."

This means that Deputy Constables receive their legal authority from the same statutes as other police officers, and have the same powers.
 
How do you cover for a contract deputy while on vacation, sick, court duty, etc?
The agreement between Harris County and its contracting entities state that vacation time, sick time, worker's compensation time, and court time arising from action taken within the subdivision "are deemed working time devoted to the subdivision."  Of course, the subdivision receives twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week calls for service, should their deputy be busy or absent.
 
What is the average deputy response time to emergency calls?
Once the deputy receives the call from the dispatcher the average response time for emergency calls is 2.38 minutes.  The average response time for non-emergency calls is 5.49 minutes.  These averages were determined by sampling the calls for an entire month in 2007.
 
Are you part of the emergency 911 system?
We do not receive 911 calls from the public. However, when the Sheriff's department receives a 911 call in a contract area patrolled by Precinct Five they send the call information to us via our mutual Computer Aided Dispatch system.  If a 911 call is received by the Houston Police Department and is dispatched over their radio system, we pick the call up on the police radio's that most deputies carry.
 
Do you have direct communications with other law enforcement agencies?
All Harris County Constables and Sheriff's Department are on the same radio system.  We have radio communications with H.P.D. for both voice and data (mobile computers).

Do Deputy Constables have the power to issue traffic tickets?
Yes.  Most of the traffic tickets issued by our deputies are in Justice of the Peace courts.

 
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