Deputy Constable John Wright has been a long-time resident of Tarrant County. Raised in the North Side community of Fort Worth, he attended Milton L. Kirkpatrick Elementary, Sam Rosen Elementary and J.P. Elder Middle School. Later as a resident of the Stop Six area he attended Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle and graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. John's career goal was to be in law enforcement, and he has faithfully served and protected for 27 years. He first entered the field in 1991 through the prison system working in corrections in Dallas County before completing the academy at North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Police Academy in 1992. John was initially a reserve deputy with Tarrant County Constable Pct. 8 beginning in 1996 and has been a Deputy Constable with the same office for 19 years. John's connection between where he grew up and his role as a law enforcement officer is important to him as he feels he has a vested interest in the communities he serves. Many family, friends, old classmates and former coworkers still reside in those communities today.
John attended Dallas Baptist University and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Criminal Justice. He holds a Master Peace Officer License and is certified by the State of Texas in Civil Proficiency. He is affiliated with Dads of Dunbar and All Pro Dads. He is a member of NAACP Tarrant County/Fort Worth, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, TMPA and the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas.
John and his wife Lisa have been together for over 27 years and married for 24. They have four children.
"Keeping our community safe and delivering exemplary process are goals that will guide my work as your Constable."
"“Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it.”
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"We can challenge ourselves to be better today than we were yesterday."
" Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are."
I believe that to keep our communities safe it takes teamwork. Since public safety affects everyone, everyone should be involved in the best way they are able. Residents, government officials, and law enforcement can and must make concerted efforts to work together to keep streets safe. We will be out in the community and involved in community events.
"Accountability breeds response ability." In law enforcement, that means having a professional attitude and strong work ethic. My office will provide effective and efficient service of all civil papers and warrants. We will be committed to ethical conduct, high performance standards and compassion in serving our community.
"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."
I have an optimistic view that everyone can achieve greatness by putting forth their maximum effort. Education is the foundation to most any goal whether on a path to college, vocational school or on-the-job training. Through education, I am continually learning, training and improving myself.
"Never be a prisoner of your past. Be an architect of your future." Seeing the revolving door first hand when I first started my law enforcement career in corrections, I want to place some focus on helping ex-offenders rebuild their lives and transform themselves into law-abiding, productive citizens.
Questions & Answers
I have found that the most difficult challenge is that of issues that pertain to the human condition in relation to the processes being served whether it is an eviction or custody orders and all that they entail. It would be ideal to be able to serve civil process with no emotion or confrontation. Civil process requires patience and understanding. Sometimes you encounter people who have fallen on difficult circumstances. The overall challenge is not being able to help them more. As officers in the Constable's office, we can not give legal advice. In turn, we can direct citizens to resources that are provided by the county and city to assist them. We help where we can. For example, I have, along with other deputies, contributed funds to assist individuals needing logistical resources to relocate due to an eviction. This is the time when the job as a Constable requires you to be sympathetic to other's needs. I always remind myself, what happens to others could very well happen to me. This is what guides my role as a deputy constable everyday and would continue to do so as Constable of Precinct 5.
Depending on the circumstance, current procedure allows officers in the Constable's office to use verbal skills, pepper spray, an asp baton, or deadly force using our service weapon. I feel lives can be saved by using a taser if approved. Presently, Tarrant County has approved the use of tasers, but it is up to the individual constable to determine if his deputies can carry tasers. I would approve the use of tasers by the deputies for the fact that they save lives versus taking lives with deadly force. Every life matters.
Currently, the system we utilize can not be tracked by the attorney general’s office and the courts for an individual who has paid for civil process to be served. A tracking system would allow an individual and the Constable to track everything in relation to a particular civil paper such as attempts and times papers were served. Once this system is in place, it would expedite the service of civil process. It would eliminate the confusion of an individual status of service and hold each deputy accountable for their service of citations.
The current perception of police is not positive in some of the communities we serve . Considering the heightened awareness involving police related shootings, I would like more community policing by increasing positive interactions between the community and the deputies. This would require the officers to be more present in the schools and occasionally attend N.A.C. meetings within the community. This puts a personal connection between the citizen and the deputies who serve that community so they have a better understanding of each other.
Currently in law enforcement we have what is described as racial diversity training. To be honest, these courses really do not address the issues and concerns of the specific communities we serve. If you cannot understand an individual and that individual's concerns how can you help them. Precinct 5 is a very diverse precinct with citizens who have varying concerns with one goal in mind; to live with their families in a safe environment. I would do my very best to bridge the gap between the officers and the communities they serve.