Office of Homeland Security
Hardin County Becomes Part of eWarrant System
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 22, 2012) – The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) announced on Thursday the successful implementation of the eWarrants system in the 9th Judicial District in Hardin County.
“We are now able to replace a process that used to take hours with one that takes minutes,” said Hardin County Attorney Jenny Oldham. “We are thrilled to be able to be a part of a statewide accessible system. The ability to have on site support from KOHS available day one was very helpful. We appreciate the ability to customize our workflow to Hardin County.”
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 Hardin 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.
“We have been an advocate of eWarrants since its inception,” said Hardin County Sheriff Charlie Williams. “It is going to be a positive thing for not only warrant service but for the tracking across the county. It is reliable…if a warrant is in the system, we know it is a good warrant.”
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, nearly 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-percent plus system wide.
A total of 118 counties are connected to the eWarrants system. The program is offered to the state’s rural and urban counties at no cost to local communities.