The Constable Ethics, Standards and Training Board are governed by the following statutory requirements:
- Adopting rules for the administration of the Board and distribution of monies from the CESTB fund;
- Adopting a Code of Conduct for constables and rules to enforce that Code; Establishing procedures for and conducting confidential investigations and hearings;
- Hearing and investigating written complaints from any person involving a constable's ethical conduct; and
- Remedying any constable's unethical conduct by:
- Mediating, issuing warnings, reprimands or admonishments
- Instructing a constable to take a particular action or educational class
- Urging a constable to retire from office, or
- Placing a constable on probation for up to thirty days, except that after the initial thirty days of probation if the constable is making progress on probation but the constable's behavior is not yet compliant, the board may extend probation in additional thirty-day increments up to a total length of probation of one hundred eighty days.
- Recommending to the board of supervisors that a constable who has previously been placed on probation be suspended from performing the constable's duties without pay for any specified length of time not to exceed the remainder of the constable's term.
- When a constable has committed a criminal act, refer the investigation to the county attorney's office in the county in which the conduct at issue occurred.
To accomplish these tasks, CESTB is permitted to employ a staff, enter into contracts or intergovernmental agreements, certify organizations to provide training or support to constables, provide support grants to counties and their constables, take and hear evidence, administer oaths and affirmations, and compel by subpoena the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, records, documents and other information relating to any investigation or hearing. CESTB also maintains a fund consisting of monies collected from writ fees throughout the State. Eighty percent of that fund must be reserved for training and equipment grants, while twenty percent is used to pay the operating expenses of the Board.
Currently, the CESTB has a contract with Capital Consulting for administrative services.