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Hays County Pct. 4 Constable Ron Hood has been appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education for a term that expires Aug. 30, 2017. The commission ensures Texans are served by highly-trained and ethical law enforcement and corrections personnel through screening, developing and monitoring resources and setting standards.

”I am very honored to have been appointed to the TCLEOSE Commission,” Hood said. “I’m looking forward to serving the people of the State of Texas and its outstanding law enforcement officers. Law enforcement has been my life-long career and my desire is to be an asset to the current commissioners as we continue to strive to improve the education, training and standards for all of our Texas peace officers, which in turn provides a safer place for all Texans.”

Hood has been a constable in Hays County since January 2008. He retired from the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department and is a former investigator with the Texas Department of Insurance and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Homeland Security and Enforcement Division. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Central Texas Justice of the Peace and Constables Association and a past member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and International Association of Special Investigation Units. Hood received specialized training in narcotics and dangerous drug law enforcement from the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, financial forensic techniques training from the U.S. Department of Treasury Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and counter-drug special weapons and tactics training from the U.S. Army Military Police School. He is also certified as a Fire and Explosion Investigator by the National Association of Fire Investigators.

In Texas, constables and their deputies have all the powers and responsibilities of any peace officer. They may write tickets, make arrests, conduct investigations and file criminal charges. However, they have additional enforcement responsibilities. The constable and constable deputies may serve as bailiffs in justice courts. Additionally, they are responsible for serving and executing civil process and civil court orders. Because civil law is often more technical than criminal law, it requires additional training in specialized schools, with an emphasis civil law.

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