§ 9-5-10.1. Certification of constables.
(a) A person at least twenty-one (21) years of age who complies with the statute and the requirements set forth in any regulations promulgated by the department of business regulation may file an application with the department requesting that the applicant be certified as a constable. Once issued by the department, such certification shall be effective for a period of two (2) years or until such approval is withdrawn by the department. Such certified constable shall be entitled to serve or execute writs and process in such capacity for any court of the state, anywhere in the state, subject to any terms and limitations as set forth by the court, and in such number as determined by the chief judge of the district court.
(b) Certification process.
(i) Any person seeking certification pursuant to this section shall complete an application and submit it to the department of business regulation in the form designated by the department for such applications.
(ii) The application shall include information determined by the department to be relevant to licensure and shall include a national criminal background check.
(2) Referral to certified constables' board.
(i) Once the applicant has provided a completed application, the department shall refer the applicant to the certified constables' board by providing a copy of the application to the board and to the chief judge of the district court.
(i) Following review of the application, the board shall determine whether the applicant should be recommended for training by the board to be conducted by a volunteer training constable. If the board determines that training is appropriate, the applicant shall be assigned to a training constable who shall be a constable in good standing for a minimum of ten (10) years and who is approved by the chief judge of the district court to train prospective constables.
(ii) Training shall consist of a minimum of ninety (90) hours to be completed within ninety (90) days from the date of the referral by the board.
(iii) Within thirty (30) days from the conclusion of training, a written report shall be submitted by the training constable to the board with a copy to the department that reflects the dates and times of training and comments on the aptitude of the trainee.
(iv) If the board concludes that training is not appropriate or if the report of the training constable concludes that the applicant does not have the aptitude to perform the duties of a constable, the board shall so inform the department which shall deny the application on that basis.
(4) Oral and written tests.
(i) Upon the successful completion of the training period and recommendation from the training constable, within ninety (90) days, the applicant shall complete an oral examination on the legal and practical aspects of certified constables' duties that shall be created and administered by the board.
(ii) Upon the successful completion of the oral examination, within sixty (60) days the applicant must complete a written test created by the board and approved by the chief judge of the district court that measures the applicant's knowledge of state law and court procedure.
(iii) If the board concludes that the applicant has not successfully passed either the oral or written test, the board shall so inform the department which shall deny the application on that basis.
The department shall review the application, training record, test scores, and such other information or documentation as required and shall determine whether the applicant shall be approved for certification and the person authorized to serve process in the state.
(P.L. 2015, ch. 260, § 9; P.L. 2015, ch. 275, § 9.)