State College Constable Selected for Federal Law enforcement Training

Local Constable Selected for Federal Law enforcement Training

On January 16-19, the Pennsylvania State Constable from Ferguson Township will be attending an active shooter training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Cheltenham, MD.  Constable Nedd will be attending this training alongside about twenty-five other law enforcement officers from Washington DC’s Metropolitan Police Department, the US Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies from the east coast.

The Active Shooter Threat Training Program is designed to teach and qualify law enforcement officers to successfully handle an active threat event.  It is an intensive training program that covers a variety of tactical subject matter including individual and team movement, and operational formation.

Council Nedd is also the rector of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Pine Grove Mills.

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Multiple Agency Warrant Sweep

On Thursday March 23, 2017, the office of Pennsylvania State Constable Council Nedd, participated in warrant sweep with the Ferguson Township Police Warrant Squad and the Paton Township Police Warrant Squad.  The warrant squads were seeking individuals with outstanding summary warrants.  A total of 43 warrants were served before Magisterial District Judge Ronald J. Horner.  Constable Nedd closed out 18 warrants on the day of the sweep.  The charges were for traffic and non-traffic violations.

These warrant sweeps are important. Once charges are brought against an individual, the must be resolved in court and the defendant held accountable.  Though serious criminal warrants take priority over summary offences, all of the involved agencies make it a priority to serve all warrants.

Those with active warrants are encouraged to report to the local police department or district court to resolve the warrant so they are not inconvenienced by being placed under arrest at home, work, or school.

What is a Pennsylvania State Constable

Since my election as constable countless people have asked me, what exactly is a constable.  Following is something that is widely distributed by the constables.  I am not sure of the original source of this particular statement, but hopefully this will be helpful in answering the questions of my friends.

About the Office of Constable

History of the Constable

Constable’s are the oldest law enforcement position in the world. History records Constable’s in France in the beginning of the 5th century, when they were known as the Counts of the King’s Stables. By the turn of the 6th century they were the Chief Household Officers and commanded the Armies in the King’s absence. In the year 871 AD King Alfred of England, declared the Constable was the highest judge in the military and in matters of chivalry and honor. He was also named by the King to be the supreme arbitrator in tilts, tournaments, and martial displays.

The first Constables in the territory called Penn’s Woods began serving in the year 1664. In the year 1681 Pennsylvania officially became a Commonwealth and in 1787 became a Commonwealth State of the U.S.A. Constables were amongst the first public officials of the Commonwealth

The first recorded law enforcement officer of the State to be killed in the line of duty was a Constable in Venango County in the year 1825.

Today

Constables in Pennsylvania are elected and serve a six-year term, they are Peace Officers by virtue of the office they hold, upon completing state certification and training, they may also serve as the Law Enforcement Arm of the Court. Constables primarily serve the District Courts but may also assist in serving the Common Pleas Court, when requested by the Sheriff.

As Public Officials Constables are required to file an annual Statement of Financial Interests with the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission .

Each Constable may with approval of the President Judge, appoint Deputies to work under his authority. Each Deputy is given the same authority as the Constable himself, but serves at the pleasure of the elected Constable.

Constable’s are considered to be the “Peoples Peace Officer” because of their Constitutional origin, and as elected officials they are independent of other governing bodies, this gives the Constable the freedom and authority to perform his duties according to statute, in the interest of justice.

The duty of the Constable is to uphold the law fairly and firmly: to pursue and bring to justice those who break the law; to keep the peace; to protect, help and reassure the community: and to be seen to do all this with integrity, common sense and sound judgment.

We must be compassionate, courteous and patient, acting without fear or favor or prejudice to the rights of others. We need to be professional, calm and restrained in the face of violence and apply only that force which is necessary to accomplish our lawful duty.

We must strive to reduce the fears of the public and, so far as we can, to reflect their priorities in the action we take.

What is a Constable ?

Under Pennsylvania Law, Constables are Public Officers, elected or appointed to their position in accordance with the laws of elections.

A Constable is a sworn Law Enforcement / Peace Officer that can arrest for felony crimes and breaches of the peace committed in his presence, or by warrant anywhere in the commonwealth.

A Constable is also an officer empowered to carry out the business of the statewide district court system, by serving warrants of arrest, mental health warrants, transporting prisoners, service of summons, complaints and subpoenas, and enforcing protection from abuse orders as well as orders of eviction and judgment levies.

Constables are also charged with maintaining order at the election polls and ensuring that no qualified elector is obstructed from voting, Constables are the only Law Enforcement Officials permitted at the polls on election day.

While Constables primarily serve the Courts, they belong to the executive branch of government.

Constables are elected at the municipal level, however State law governs Constables and they have statewide authority, thus the title became “State Constable”.

Constables are empowered to enforce both criminal and civil laws, Police Officers are empowered to enforce criminal and traffic laws, Sheriff’s are the chief law enforcement officer of the County and are empowered to enforce criminal, civil and traffic laws.

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Thank You For Your Support

Dear All,

It’s been a few days since the election.  I have been meaning to write this letter sooner, but I have just been exhausted.  Despite this exhaustion, I was still only managing about 3 or 4 hours of sleep per night until last night. I’ve not told anyone this, but from the moment I first had the idea to run for constable, I began praying to God.  I told God that I didn’t know if this is what he wanted for me, but that I wanted it. If by His grace I was fortunate enough to get elected, I wanted to use this to build and grow His kingdom. So, I thank God for letting me borrow this particular leadership role. Thank you to everyone who helped, supported me, and the almost 600 people that took the time to write in “Council Nedd II” on their ballot.  Without the help of all of you, I would not have won with around 70% of the vote.  I am using approximate numbers because all the write in ballots have not yet been “certified”.  As Tish and Jodi, who work in the election office, said to me today, “next time, do everyone a favor and get on the ballot.”  No one was prepared for a write-in campaign of this magnitude.

  • Some people got behind me early and did not hesitate when I asked for their support and official endorsements:
  • Two retired PA State Troopers, and a beautiful couple, Lt. Bill and Cpl. Toni Gilhooley;
  • One of my closest friends, the star of TLC’s newest hit show, Suddenly Royal, former State Trooper, Pam Howe;
  • Political pundit and former NYPD officer, and friend from the Kelly File, Bill Stanton; and
  • Niger Innis from TPNN

There are a couple of people I owe a special debt of thanks.  First, let me begin by thanking Bill & Inez Howe, and their nephew, for encouraging this idea from the beginning.  I also want to thank one of my oldest friends Mr. Eamon M. Clifford who actually developed and revised the winning campaign strategy.  I also want to thank Miss Emma Poyntz who edited the campaign literature and orchestrated  my on-line efforts.

I certainly cannot forget my election day poll workers, Dr. Wendy Coulson, Dr. Jim Edwards, Fr. Fred Erb, and Mr. Eamon Clifford.  Their presence at the various polling places made all the difference.  By the way, Eamon gets the award for travelling the farthest to help at the polls.  Lastly, I want to thank a few people who made an extra effort to get out to vote and get their friends to support me; Julie Miller of State College, Scott Huch, the Wheeler family of Pine Grove Mills, the Amato family of Pine Grove Mills, the Mahle family of State College, the Damus family of State College, Heidi Cole of State College, and Carol Demetrick of Pine Grove Mills.  I cannot forget the members and friends of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Pine Grove Mills.  Of course, I have to show gratitude to the Robertson Family of Arlington, VA, Peter, Suzie, Rachel and Sarah Jane. Although we have very different political  views, they have never turned their backs on me and have supported me in every endeavor.

So, what happens next?  I am waiting for my official certification of my election victory.  Once I have the certification number, I can then register for my required Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) classes that I must take to do the job.  Sometime in January, I believe the 21st, I will be sworn in as constable. Again, I want to thank everyone for their unwavering support.  God bless you. Regards,

God’s Agenda or Yours?

Delivered by Archbishop Council Nedd II at St. Alban’s Anglican Church on the First Sunday After Ascension

“… The Comforter is how Jesus describes the Holy Ghost. And Jesus chose the word “comforter” to describe the Holy Ghost because Jesus knew precisely what was in store for the new Christians. He goes on to warn them that they are going to be expelled from the synagogues. Worse than that, people will try to kill the Christians, solid in their belief that they are doing God a favor…”

It’s all very prophetic, but it really doesn’t deal with the event we are actually commemorating, which is Jesus’ ascent to heaven, and the apostles’ reaction.

Ascension174The apostles’ reactions immediately prior to the Ascension tell a significant story. They illustrate with crystal clarity the stubbornness with which we subordinate God’s agenda to our own, and we do this without actually realizing it. Today’s Gospel provides a very useful contrast between what Jesus actually said at the Last Supper, and what the apostles thought they heard. This Passover meal was Jesus’ last opportunity to prepare the Apostles for the ordeal to come…”

To hear the full sermon, click the following link:

http://stalbansanglican.org/System/Media/Play.asp?id=40752&Key=E8E347E1-876F-44FD-B31A-1727AC77552A