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 Servants.
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 Constable, gendarmerie, police department, police services, crime prevention, protective services, law enforcement agency.
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.