New in PCT 3

Prior to 2008, the constable's office was barely meeting the needs of PCT 3 residents,
almost to the point of being irrelevant and obsolete.  The pre-2008 PCT 3 choose to work
8 AM to 5 PM, Mon-Fri, weekends and holidays off, failing to do all the Constitutional
minimums to serve all civil process, warrants and to enforce the law.

When Constable Vojvodich took office, he sought community input into the day to day
operations of PCT 3 from Homeowners Associations, Parent-Teacher Organizations,
business entities and individual citizens as to what were their priorities for PCT 3; What
services did they want their tax dollars expended on and these were the results and what
we did to meet those expectations:

Today, PCT 3 leads the county in
effective civil process services, a key issue for our
business community.  Fast and effective service of citations and other papers, with an
11% annual increase in this workload while having a smaller staff than in 2008.

Increased police patrols in neighborhoods and for special events in any of our four school
districts schools.  PCT 3 takes the lead for services in school security and school traffic
safety, all  without an increase in property tax dollars.  This ability to respond to
community requests for traffic services, neighborhood nuisances such as drug houses,
prostitution and vandalism anywhere in PCT 3, to meet a need for services that other
agencies were unable to meet was and remains one of the most common requests we
hear. PCT 3 covers seven cities, four school districts, 319 square miles and serves
610,000 people, the largest in Bexar County.

PCT 3 guides the way in  setting standards for service and in leading common sense
proposals to save up to 20 million tax dollars over a ten year period, while still providing
essential services. Conservative with your tax dollars, innovative in meeting community
needs and providing proven performance each day is our goal.

The citizens in PCT 3 will never accept less in exchange for their tax dollars; they have
seen what can be accomplished on essentially the same budget and will demand these
quality higher level services and PCT 3 will continue to meet them. Constables are the
original "Community Policing" agencies and we are proud to accept the title of Public

Core duties of the constable: first is that we are one of two constitutionally required law
enforcement officers under the Texas Constitution and being peace officers is the first
role.  Then we have additional duties of attending to the JP Court, serving civil papers,
warrants and protecting the community as the COMMUNITY directs us.  This include
school zone and child safety zones, narcotics and other areas that come to our attention.  
Constables are independently elected and held accountable each four years by the public
so we are very attentive to the public’s needs and wishes.  We do not work directly for any
other county entity, as designed by the 1865 Texas Constitution, the Constable is an
elected official. The public can contact us for their needs, regardless of if they live in an
incorporated area or unincorporated area.

Becoming noted peacekeepers under King William "The Conqueror" in 1066, Constable's
responsibilities were expanded with the adoption of the Magna Carta, which not only
became the pattern for most of the world's Constitutions, but also described Constables in
written law. Constables have served the Justice Court system since 1362.

In America, the first Constable was appointed in the Plymouth Colony in 1632. During that
time, the leading official was the Justice of the Peace. The Constable enforced the orders
of Colonial and County officials in both civil and criminal matters.

In Texas on March 5, 1823 Constable Thomas Alley was appointed in Stephen F. Austin's
original colony and sworn in by Judge John Tumlinson. The Constables and Rangers
combined became an active group of roughly two hundred men. In 1836 that same group
protected Sam Houston's armies from Indians to insure victory against Santa Anna at the
battle of San Jacinto. The Constable was later written into Constitutional law and was the
only law enforcement defined by the original Texas Constitution. At that time, Sam
Houston formerly separated the two groups. The Constable would be elected by the
people in each area, known as Precincts. The Texas Rangers became an Officer of the
new Republic. Both groups would be commissioned and report directly to the Governor.
Today that still holds true.

Today, Constables are elected and serve a four-year term which runs on the same cycle
as the President of the United States. The law defines that the Constable is an associate
member of the Texas Department of Public Safety and given that same authority. They
are the Officers of the Justice of the Peace Court. Each Constable will appoint Deputies to
work under his authority. Each Deputy is given the same authority as the Constable
himself. A Constable is considered to be the "Peoples Police" because of their
Constitutional origin.

Constables are given Constitutional authority to enforce both Civil and Criminal laws.
State and City Police Officers are given the authority to only enforce Criminal laws. There
are approximately 770 elected Constables in the State of Texas. To this day Texas
Constable's and Texas DPS (Troopers and Rangers) all work very close together and
both use the Justice of the Peace as their primary judge/court.
Constable's have county wide jurisdiction and similar to Sheriff; Constables, report only to
the Governor and citizens that elect them to serve. Pct 3 prides itself as being fully
community driven and fully embracing their roles as public servants.  We never forget that
each citizen is our direct boss and that citizens directions and instructions our first priority.

Under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 2.12 “
Who are Peace Officers”,
Constables, are the second mentioned as to who Peace Officers are.  Police are a
constituted body of persons empowered by the state to enforce the law, protect property,
and limit civil disorder. The term is most commonly associated with police services of a
state that are authorized to exercise the police power of that state within a defined legal or
territorial area of responsibility.  
Alternative names for police include Constabulary or
, gendarmerie, police department, police services, crime prevention, protective
law enforcement agency.

Web Site Guide

Pro Se Protective Order:

Civil Stand-By: To request a stand-by to keep the peace.

Services Link: To request additional patrols in your area, request traffic
enforcement or a home check while you are on vacation.

Regulatory Link: To report illegal business practices, misrepresentation by a
business firm or a suspected scam business within PCT 3.

Open Record Request:  To request records maintained by PCT 3 including our
budget and how we spend your tax dollars.

Traffic Complaint or Request For Enforcement: To report a hazardous traffic
condition or area thats needs traffic enforcement such as a school zone or
residential street where traffic violations create a hazard.

Speaker Request:  To request Constable Vojvodich or a PCT 3 Officer to speak
at your meeting on police or government related  or safety issues within PCT 3.

Contact List:  Contact key personnel at PCT 3 to guide or resolve any matters
you may have with PCT 3 operations, concerns, doing business with PCT 3 or
making an inquiry on your civil or criminal papers.

Constable Bio Link: Information about Constable Vojvodich.

Resources Link: Links to Sex Offender Database, JP 3 Court and other Bexar
County and State links that are most often requested.

Download Files: Landlord and Tenants Guide, Protective Order Kit Pro Se and
other files.
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Bexar County Constable - Precinct 3
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