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Civil Stand-By


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Area law enforcement agencies receive numerous requests to perform a service commonly known as a Civil Stand-By. Due to exceptional liability issues and the threat of law suits, most law enforcement agencies no longer perform this service under any circumstances. There is no legal requirement that a law enforcement agency provide Civil Stand-By service.

The Tarrant County Constable's Office, Precinct 7, may, on occasion, perform this service only under very limited circumstances and within strict guidelines. (See Below)


Most requests for a Civil Stand-By are initiated by a household member, spouse, roommate, tenant, or lessee.

Under the rules of Marriage and Common Law, all property at a residence is known as common or community property. The Constable's Office cannot demand or use force to recover this type of property without a court order.

Under Tennant or Lessee agreements, if the property owner or manager chooses to lock out a tenant, the property owner must provide the tenant with a 24-hour key accessibility to the property until such time as legal (court ordered) eviction has been granted. Likewise, a roommate or family member may be evicted by the homeowner.

Request for Civil Stand-By Guidelines Rules:

1. Both parties to the dispute must agree to the Constable's or Deputy Constable's presence. The Deputy's only role is to keep the peace. Officers will not participate in physically moving or removing any property.

2. The party or parties requesting to remove property must provide a written list of the property to be removed. Both parties must agree to the items to be removed and no other property will be removed.

3. Both parties agree not to engage in verbal or physical disputes or altercations.

4. Only necessary items such as toiletries, medications, clothes, personal hygiene will be removed during this process. A court order will be required to remove property that one person cannot hand carry out through the front door. The Constables Office may request a hearing with the Justice of the Peace to verify the ownership of the property you wish to obtain.

5. The Constable and Chief Deputy or designee must approve (sign off) on the request form prior to performance of the service.

6. This service is only made available on Monday - Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm. During the availability of the District Attorney's Office in case we need to refer to them. Under emergency situations, assistance may be provided at any time.

7. If a history of family violence has been previously reported to the Police, this office may assist you without the other party's agreement in the event of an emergency or to acquire necessary (medical) items for you or a child.

8. The Tarrant County Constable's Office Precinct 7 has the right to accept or deny this service at any time.

9. You must agree that if you are advised to leave by the Constable or Deputy, you will do so.

10. You will take no longer than 15 minutes to remove your property.


In order for us to properly service your request, please select your City from those listed below. Note our services are available ONLY in the listed cities.



Civil Stand By Request

Please Fill Out This Form If You Are Requesting A Civil Stand By.


Please Specify Who Is Filling Out This Form Self Attorney Friend/Family
First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address Street 1: *
City: *
Zip Code: * (5 digits)
State: *
Best Phone Number: *
Alternate Phone Number:
Email: *
Best Time To Contact / Or Not Call, Give Details:
Do You Have An Attorney: Yes No I Am An Attorney
If yes, Please Give Name and Number:
Are You Currently In A Shelter Or Hidden Location: Yes No
Address Where Service Is Requested At: *
Date You Left The Location: Date Picker Not Left
How Long Did You Live Here: Month Year
How Many Times Have You Left This Location Before:
Has A Family Violence Been Reported to Police: Yes No
If Yes, Give Date Of Last Report: Date Picker
Has A Restraining Order Been Filed: Yes No
Has A Protective Order Been Filed: Yes No
Has A Criminal Trespass Been Filed:: Yes No
Was Someone Arrested Yes No
If Yes, Give Date Of Arrest: Date Picker
If Yes, To Any Of The Above, Please Give A Brief Detail:
Are Children Involved In This Request: Yes No
How Many Children:
Are Children In Your Custody: Yes No
Give Details If Children Are Split:
Name Of Other Party:
Date Of Birth (If Known): Date Picker
Cell Phone Or Best Number:
Do They Have An Attorney: Yes No Don't Know
If Yes, Please Give Name and Number:
Does This Person Know You Are Requesting This Service: YesNo
If No, Do You Wish For Us To Inform Them: YesNo
Does This Person Use Drugs: YesNo
Any Medical Conditions: YesNo
Is This Person Violent: YesNo
Is This Person Possessive: YesNo
Is This Person Suicidal: YesNo
Any Outstanding Warrants: YesNo
Any Weapons At The Location: YesNo
If Yes To Any Of The Above, Please Explain:
Are There Animals At The Location: YesNo
Are You Trying To Take The Animals: YesNo
If Yes, Please Explain (Type, Number of and where they are located):
Additional Information
Any Additonal People Living At The Location: YesNo
If Yes, How Many:
If Yes, Give Details:
If Yes, Could There Be Any Problems With These People: Yes No
If Yes, Please Explain:
By Typing In Your Inital, You Are Agreeing That This Information Is Accurate To The Best Of Your Knowledge. * * Initials Here Date