Macon County Constables are sworn and bonded peace officers with full powers of arrest under Tennessee Code Annotated Title 8, chapter 10. They are charged with keeping the peace and with the enforcement of the laws of the state, county and its cities. While their powers as peace officers are valid statewide, their activities are generally limited to the county where they are elected.
Tennessee Code requires that to be certified as a law enforcement officers with powers of arrest that the Constables are required to participate in 40 hours of in-service training each year and to be range-qualified by a Certified Firearms Instructor prior to carrying their firearms.
In addition to the 40 hours of in-service training required, Constables may take a variety of classes to learn new skills and to sharpen existing skills.
There are two entities authorized by the State to provide this certification. They are the Tennessee Constable Council and the Tennessee Constables Association. The Tennessee Constable Council has a web site at www.tennesseeconstablecouncil.org. The Tennessee Constables Association website is http://www.tnconstables.com/ . Also there is a general Tennessee Constables website located at: http://www.tennesseeconstable.com/.The Tennessee Constables Association may be reached at 731-364-5446.
Constables operate as individual officers at no cost to the citizens or governments of the county. Constables provide their own uniforms, vehicles, fuel and equipment and stand ready to aid or assist all citizens and/or agencies within the county. Their mission is to provide additional law enforcement presence in the county and to assist and supplement the county Sheriffs Office and the Police Departments of Lafayette and Red Boiling Springs. Constables are also at the disposal of the various fire departments, EMS units and rescue squads in the county as well as any state or federal agency which might have use of their services.
As of August 2009, Macon County has five Constables. Each has four of the 20
districts in the County:
|1, 2, 11, 20||Rick Noble|
|13, 14, 17, 18||Mr. Jeff Lambert
|5, 8, 9, 10||Charles T. (Tom) Dallas
(615) 666-8748 (Home)
(615) 633-6687 (Cell)
|6, 7, 12, 19||Sammy Morgan|
|3, 4, 15, 16||Barry Newberry
(615) 633-7120 (Cell)
A Child is Missing Organization
The Macon County Constables are a participant with the “A Child Is Missing” organization. This organization is a “NO-COST-to-law-enforcement” service which assists in the search and location of missing children, Alzheimer’s-afflicted individuals and pregnant women. Their website is located at www.achildismissing.org.
Officer Down Memorial Page
We have a number of Constables (approximately 21) who have fallen in the line
of duty in our 200-plus years of serving Tennessee as peace keepers as well as
other Tennessee Officers.
Here is the link to the Tennessee Officer Down Memorial page to help us remember those who died serving
Oath Of Office: Tennessee Constable
"I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the State of Tennessee and the Constitution of the United States or America. I do solemnly swear I will well and truly serve the state in the office of Constable; that I will cause the peace of the state to be kept, to the best of my power; that I will arrest all such persons as go in my sight armed offensively, or who commit any riot, affray, or other breach of the peace, or I will use my best endeavor, on complaint made, to apprehend all felons, rioters, or person riotously assembled; and that, if such persons flee or make resistance, I will pursue, and make hue and cry, according to the law; that I will faithfully and without delay execute all and return all lawful process directed to me; and that I will well and truly, according to my power and ability, do and execute all other duties of the office of Constable, SO HELP ME GOD. "
Macon County Constables support and promote proper Firearms safety, training and handling practices. Please visit these links for more information:
Tennessee Hunter Safety and Outdoor Training Programs
Tennessee Handgun Safety and Permits
Tennessee Firearms Association
National Rifle Association Firearms Safety Adult and Youth Programs
Project Childsafe Program
Private Services Provided
Constables are sometimes available for hire to provide a number of services to individuals or businesses. For example:
Rural or city security checks while out of town on vacation or business.
Event security such as auctions, sales, ball games, parties, etc.
Civil process and warrant service for local or out-of-state entities.
When hired to perform business and/or personal services, a Constable acts as an independent contractor and does not act as an employee or agent of Macon County. Please contact a Constable for more information about private services available.
We are very happy to provide photos and biographies of any Constable who wishes to provide them. If you wish to submit your photo/biography, please contact our webmaster.
Constable Tom Dallas
Constable Dallas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southwest University, with major college level coursework in Quality Assurance, Manufacturing and Engineering. He is an Honorably Discharged Vertran of the United States Marine Corps, discharge at rank of E-5. He is certified to provide instruction and training as listed below. Some of this is available to all Macon County agencies/departments and government offices at no charge and/or discounted rates. Contact him to discuss training arrangements for your needs and schedule. Constable Dallas also serves with the Macon County Rescue Squad and is a paid employee with the Lafayette Fire Department, where he serves as Training Officer and Hazardous Materials Response Team.
"Vanessa K. Free
act of 2005" compliance training; Certified by Tennessee Association of Rescue
Emergency Vehicle Operations; Certified by Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads (TARS)
Bloodborne Pathogens; Certified by Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads (TARS)
Law Enforcement Firearms; Handgun, Shotgun and Patrol Rifle; Certified by National Rifle Association
OCAT (Pepper Spray) Deployment and Use; Certified by Personal Protection Consultants
Advanced Tactics for Firearms; Certified by UT Martin/Tactical Officer Survival School
Low Light/Close Quarters Combat Techniques; Certified by E.L.E.A.T. Consultants
Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings; Certified by Dept. of Homeland Security/EMRTC/New Mexico Tech
American Heart Association Healthcare Provider / Heartsaver CPR/First Aid Instructor
WMD Radiological/Nuclear course for HazMat Technicians - certified by Nevada Test Site/Counter Terrorism Operations Support Group
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) - certified by Department Homeland Security
Sudden Unexplained Infant/Child Death Investigation - certified by state of Tennessee Dept. of Health and Medical Examiners Office
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Civilian Instructor Certifications:
Association Certified Civilian Personal Protection Instructor.
National Rifle Association Certified Civilian Home Handgun Safety. Instructor
National Rifle Association Certified Civilian Handgun and Shotgun Instructor.
State of Tennessee Certification to teach Handgun Courses
National Rifle Association Refuse To Be A Victim
Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services 16 hr basic course (Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy)
Below is a list of other certification courses and training which have been attended by Macon County Constable Tom Dallas.
Medical Care First Responder, State of Tennessee Certified
Glock Law Enforcement Armorer, Factory Certified.
Beretta Law Enforcement Armorer, Factory Certified
Colt Firearms, Law Enforcement Armorer, M16/AR15 Rifles & Sub-machine guns, Factory Certified
PPCT Expandable Baton Certification
Rural Search and Rescue, Technician Level (TARS)
Hazardous Materials Technician Level (TEMA)
Responding to Alien Crimes.
Mental Preparation for Armed Confrontation.
Survival Spanish for Law Enforcement.
Red Cross Adult/Child Basic First Aid and CPR.
Response to Active Shooter Incidents
NIMS/Incident Command systems- Basic 100, 200, 700, 800
Understanding, Planning For and Response to School Bombing Incidents,
Emergency Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents
Arson Investigation for First Responders, basic and advanced
Response to Radiological/Nuclear Incidents
Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents
Explosives, Booby Traps and Bomb Threats
Low Angle Rope Rescue
Basic Firefighter 16 hour course
Constable Rick Noble
Rick Noble has been serving as Constable since 1998. His
personal mission as Constable is the serve the public in general and residents
of his districts to very best of his ability.
Rick is retired employee of the Macon County Sheriffs Office where he has worked for over 15 years. His last position was Corrections Officer, rank of Sergeant.
Rick served as the FTO and Shift Supervisor for the Corrections department at the Macon County Justice Center detention facility.
Rick retains his elected office and continues his service to the community in his retirement.
Among his special skills and training are:
Level III certified firefighter, Murfreesboro Fire Academy
Critical Incident Responder
Medical First Responder
Vanderbilt Life Flight Tail Watch Program