Report: Ky. should abolish constable office

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A report compiled by Kentucky law enforcement officials calls for abolishing the office of constable or stripping away it's law enforcement powers because it has outlived its usefulness and is no longer considered essential to modern law enforcement work.

The Kentucky Law Enforcement Council made the recommendations Thursday after concluding that the 500-plus constables around the state performed one-quarter of 1 percent of all law enforcement work and received little or no training for the job.

The recommendations come just a year after a constable in Louisville, David Whitlock, shot at a woman in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Whitlock resigned in October as part of a plea deal that kept him out of jail.

Justice Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown said there have been issues with constables around Kentucky.

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