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Texas constables will soon serve felony warrants

Intent to ease backlog, but some say deputies aren't prepared for risk
By Kevin Krause
The Dallas Morning News 

DALLAS, Tex. — Dallas County constables, known primarily for serving civil papers, took on major traffic enforcement duties several years ago.

Now they're going to be kicking in doors while heavily armed to serve felony and high-level misdemeanor arrest warrants. County officials want to use 40 existing deputy constables to help the Sheriff's Department reduce its five-figure backlog of felony warrants and Class A and B misdemeanor warrants beginning Oct. 1.

The county's five constables will be able to begin warrant operations when they're ready, using two-man squads. Many say they are prepared to begin. The policy change does not require a vote from county commissioners, though they approved a new staffing configuration Tuesday that makes that plan possible.

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