Newly elected Nueces County Pct. 2 Constable Mitchell Clark made the rounds this month in Flour Bluff. On April 12, 2017, Clark spoke to the members of the Flour Bluff Business Association at the regular meeting held at noon at Funtrackers in Flour Bluff. Five days later, he addressed the members of the Flour Bluff Citizens Council at their general meeting held on the evening of April 17 at Grace Community Church on Flour Bluff Drive. Since taking office, Constable Clark has been busy making changes at his department, and he is working to get the word out. Clark reminded both groups that the constable’s office has historically been known as the “people’s police department.” Precinct 2 covers Flour Bluff, Southside Corpus Christi, and the area in and around Chapman Ranch. “My vision is to get back into community policing,” Clark said.
Clark explained that the role of the constable is to keep the peace. As a peace officer, he therefore has the statutory duties and authority of a peace officer within his precinct. As an exception to this general rule, five categories of peace officers, constables among them, may make an arrest outside their jurisdiction without a warrant for any crimes committed in their presence or view. “The perception is that all we do is serve papers, and we do. As a matter of fact, we make the county quite a bit of money by serving anywhere from 1000 to 1400 papers per month. In addition, we are available to assist you with non-emergency kinds of calls. If you have an emergency, you should call 911. Otherwise, call our office at 937-6306. We are available 24/7. After 5:00 p.m., our phones rotate over to the dispatcher, so we will still get the call. I am here to serve you.”
The constable explained that he has several new programs in the works. One program, called Walk with the Constable, is one that is designed to get neighbors together and actually walk their neighborhood while listening to their concerns. “Call us. We’ll do it any day at any time. You just let us know, and we’ll be there.” Another, Talk with the Constable, will all citizens to meet and have a conversation with Clark and his deputies at his office, which is located in the Ronnie Polston County Building on Compton Road in Flour Bluff. “My social media will be up and running soon so that we can communicate that way, too. I want to hear your concerns.”
Clark told the FBCC about other programs that he is initiating. “I am working on a gun safety class just for women called Guns and Roses,” said Clark. He also told the group that he is going to spend more time at the schools giving age-appropriate talks regarding safety and protection. “We have badges for the little ones and comic books for all age levels. All of this is at no cost to the taxpayer. I have had these items donated.” For the adults in the community, he will offer a Constable’s Citizen Police Academy, which includes ride-alongs.
“We are even making changes in our uniforms,” said Clark. “We are going back to Stetson hats, which have also been donated. No tax dollars will be used for our uniform changes.”
Constable Clark reiterated to both groups his willingness to work with the citizens of Precinct 2, the Corpus Christi Police Department, and all other law enforcement entities to keep the peace. “We answer all calls for service.”
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Retired from education after serving 30 years (twenty-eight as an English teacher and two years as a new-teacher mentor), Shirley enjoys her life with family and friends while serving her community, church, and school in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the creator and managing editor of The Paper Trail, an online news/blog site that serves to offer new, in-depth, and insightful responses to the events of the day. She also writes and edits for The Texas Shoreline News, a Corpus Christi print newspaper.