‘I can’t just sit back and do nothing’: 94 year-old Bexar County Precinct 4 sergeant reflects on 70 years in law enforcement

Reserve Deputy Sergeant Arthur Caulk says he feels he was born to help others

After a career that spanned seven decades, Reserve Deputy Sergeant Arthur Caulk is not ready to slow down.

BEXAR COUNTY – A reserve deputy sergeant with the Precinct 4 Bexar County Constable’s office has been on the job for 73 years.

At 94 years old, Arthur Caulk is the second oldest peace officer in the state of Texas.

He told KSAT that he answered the call to protect at an early age by proudly served his country during World War II.

His mission continued when he returned back to the United States in 1947 and Caulk started his journey in law enforcement.

He has been with the Precinct 4 Bexar County Constable’s office since 1980.

During his tenure he has tackled evictions, traffic patrol, issuing warrants and other notices.

“It’s just the way I am. I have to be busy. I can’t just sit back and do nothing,” he said.

He currently serves under Constable Kathryn Brown, who was sworn in at the start of the year.

Brown said that Caulk helped her ease into her new role. She credits him for helping other deputies on the job.

“I’m definitely very certain that they took a chapter out of his book,” she said.

She said Caulk has left a lasting legacy at Precinct 4 and across the community.

“He has brought a lot of experience, knowledge and wisdom,” said Brown.

Caulk said he will always answer the call to help.

“If somebody needs help to do something, I help them,” said Caulk.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story indicated that Caulk was retiring, but Caulk currently has no plans to retire.

About the Authors:

Steven Cavazos is a traffic anchor and general assignments reporter in the weekday mornings at KSAT 12.

Azian Bermea is a photojournalist at KSAT.