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A peace officer who holds the authority to maintain order and safety and arrest suspect criminals. A constable usually functions as an officer of the law in a rural community. When questions or conflicts arise regarding jurisdiction, a constable must yield to the higher authority of sheriff or a county's chief executive.

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