Marshfield Selectmen appointed constables Monday night, not generally a newsworthy event. But, this time, they followed a policy recommended by police chief Phil Tavares and adopted by the board. It requires the police chief and his lieutenants review the qualifications of applicants and make recommendations to selectmen.
Under Massachusetts law, constables have the power to arrest. They may carry concealed weapons. They do not report to the police chief.
In towns where selectmen appoint constables, the constables report to no one, but serve at the discretion of selectmen. Some towns elect constables and they report to no one and serve at the discretion of voters.