In medieval law, a constable was a high functionary under the French and English kings. The importance and dignity of this position was second only to that of the monarch. The constable led the royal armies and was cognizant of all military matters, exercising both civil and military jurisdiction. It was also his duty to conserve the peace of the nation.
In English Law, a constable was a public civil officer whose general duty was to maintain the peace within his district, although he was frequently charged with additional obligations. "High," "petty," and "special" constables formerly existed. In many cases, the police have assumed the functions of constables.
In current society, constables serve in the broad area of helping to maintain peaceful operation of Town events. There are 7 Canterbury Constables, each serving a 2-year term.
Our current roster is:
Raymond C. Shinkiewicz, Chief Constable - 546-6717
David J. Norell, Assistant Chief Constable - 546-9681
William Lee Deason, Constable - 546-0606
Neil A. Dupont, Sr., Constable - 546-9785
David Motowidlak, Constable - 546-9447
Kalervo J. Ruuskanen, Constable - 546-9187
Joseph Richard Sangermano, Constable - 546-6548