Office of Homeland Security
Pike County Becomes Part of eWarrant System
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 1, 2012) – The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) announced on Thursday the successful implementation of the eWarrants system in the 35th Judicial District in Pike County.
“We are excited to have eWarrants in Pike County and the benefit it will provide to law enforcement and the Court system is substantial.” said Chief Assistant Pike County Attorney Tony Chamberlin. “The efficiency of the service of these warrants will benefit the people of Pike County and allow law enforcement to provide them a better level of protection.”
More than 12,000 outstanding bench warrants were imported into eWarrants as part of the implementation.
The first eWarrant issued in Pike County was an arrest warrant for a felony escape second degree out of Pike County. Police are searching for James Adams, 32, who escaped in the Mossey Bottom area at around noon on Feb. 28.
“We received a complaint from the Pike County Detention Center that an inmate escaped while on the supervised work release program,” said Trooper Michael Webb of the Kentucky State Police.
Adams was working with eight other inmates cleaning up the area and cutting down trees when he was sent to get supplies from a truck and did not return, according to police.
Kentucky’s eWarrant system began as a pilot project by KOHS in 2005 to address a backlog of nearly 300,000 unserved and aging warrants in the state. A backlog in the service of warrants, or a misplaced or lost warrant, could allow a person charged with a violent crime to evade arrest and continue to victimize Kentucky citizens.
“This program has revolutionized the process for issuing, tracking and serving warrants in the Commonwealth,” said Gene Kiser, KOHS executive director. “We’re pleased that Pike County is now part of the eWarrants system, which benefits the courts, law enforcement and citizens throughout the state.”
The eWarrant system facilitates the sharing of information among all law enforcement concerning active warrants in jurisdictions throughout the Commonwealth. It replaces the manual protocols for processing warrant information with an electronic method for making warrants available via the Law Enforcement Information Network of Kentucky, the system administered by KSP and used by law enforcement to transmit and receive information on active warrants.
Since the first roll out of eWarrants managed by KOHS in 2008, and the subsequent roll outs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office in 2009 and the current KOHS urban initiative, more than 425,000 warrants have either been served or recalled.
Service rates for warrants rose from as low as 10 percent under the old paper-based system to roughly 50 percent immediately after implementation of eWarrants, and now hold steady at as high as 80-plus percent system wide.
A total of 117 counties are now connected to the eWarrants system. The next scheduled KOHS urban rollout will be 9th Judicial in Hardin County on March 21.
The eWarrant program is being offered to the state’s rural and urban counties at no cost to local communities.