Office of Homeland Security
Bullitt County Becomes Part of eWarrant System
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2012) – The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) announced on Thursday the successful implementation of the eWarrants system in the 55th Judicial District in Bullitt County.
“This is fabulous,” Bullitt County Attorney Monica Meredith Robinson said. “Justice is no longer delayed--it is instantaneous.”
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 Bullitt 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, nearly 400,000 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 116 counties are now connected to the eWarrants system. The next scheduled KOHS urban rollout will be Hardin and Pike counties in late March.
The eWarrant program is being offered to the state’s rural and urban counties at no cost to local communities.