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Patch to be designed for county constables

Training for Washington County constables and a proposed addition to the uniform were considered during the Nov. 13 meeting of the Public Safety Committee.
Commissioner Mike Ford asked if all constables are in compliance with the 40 hours of required in-service training.
Constable Mark Bacon reported eight of the nine have completed the annual hours, which must be approved by the Tennessee Constables Association.
Commissioner Sam Phillips made a motion to ask constables to send a copy of their annual certification to County Attorney John Rambo who will keep the records on file.
Ford, a former constable, seconded the motion and clarified proof of firearms training also should be submitted.
“It’s part of the in-service hours, but the firearms training is a separate document,” he said.
The motion passed unanimously.
Bacon then proposed a constable patch that recognizes Washington County as the oldest county in the state.
“We’re requesting permission to design a patch and bring it to this committee for approval,” he said.
Commissioner Pete Speropulos made a motion to allow a constable patch be designed for consideration by the Public Safety Committee. Phillips seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.