• Meet John

    Deputy Constable John Wright has been a long-time resident of Tarrant County. Raised in the Stop Six area, he attended Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle and graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School class of '84. 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 Tarrant County for 20 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 these 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 All Pro Dads and is a member of the NAACP of 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 30 years and married for 28. 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.”


    m. h. mCkee

  • JOHN'S priorities

    "We can challenge ourselves to be better today than we were yesterday."

    Quality Civil Process

    "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.

    Community Engagement

    " Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are."

    As Constable, I will actively seek community feedback on a regular basis. This meaningful and actionable information can be used to address areas where our office is lacking and make any necessary improvements. Our deputies will meet, chat, and listen while out in the community in less confrontational settings to build trust. Participation in community events will be considerdered an investment in the long-term relationship between ourselves and our citizens.

    Citizen Safety

    " Safety has to be everyone’s responsibility… everyone needs to know that they are empowered to speak up if there’s an issue"

    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.

  • Questions & Answers

    ROLE: What are the challenges of the Constable role, and how would you handle them?

    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 8.

    PROCEDURE: What changes, if any, are needed in the procedures used by Constables in our county?

    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. Also, in light of recent events, I would require additional training in deescalation tactics and the use of body cameras. Officers would be accountable not only for their own actions but for the actions of other officers; if failing to intervene and report unfair treatment of the general public.

    OTHER ISSUES: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing for the county Constables, and how would you address them?

    The current perception of police is not positive in some of the communities we serve . Considering the heightened awareness involving police related shootings and other forms of police brutality, 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 8 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.


  • reach out

    Contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

    PO Box 77190
    Fort Worth, TX 77190

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