About Pennsylvania State Constables

Pennsylvania's first law enforcement since 1664

What is a Pennsylvania State Constable

The office of Pennsylvania State Constable is held as a municipally elected, sworn Peace Officer throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Constables are elected in each borough, township, and city ward in the state—except in Philadelphia (Although Constables may still exercise authority in the City of Philadelphia) —and serve six-year terms.  Constables may be appointed by the Court of Common Pleas of the county to serve out a term when an elected position becomes vacant.


Election Day Duty of a Constable

Constables are charged with keeping order at the election polls and ensuring that no qualified voter is obstructed from voting. Constables are the only law enforcement officer permitted at the polls on Election Day, excepting those requested by the Constable or Judge of Election for assistance


Pennsylvania State Constable Oath of Office

"I do solemnly swear  that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity."

 
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About Constable Serefine

A life full of service

Peter Serefine has served his county and his community for decades.  After graduating high school, he enlisted in the US Navy.  After completing his tour in the Navy he became involved in the American Legion where he served on honor guards and was elected both Post Commander and Bi-County Commander.  His federal service continues as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service.
In 2021 no Pennsylvania State Constable was elected in Bellefonte Borough, Centre County, Pennsylvania.  After learning that the constable is the only law enforcement allowed at polling stations on election day, Mr. Serefine filed a petition to be appointed to the vacant position.  Elections have become contentious and ugly in today's world and protecting the polls is too important a job to be allowed unfilled.