Office of Homeland Security
Warren County Becomes Part of eWarrant System
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 9, 2011) – The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) announced the successful implementation of the eWarrants system in the 8th Judicial District in Warren County.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to have eWarrants in Warren County,” said Warren County Attorney Amy Hale Milliken. “We expect to see a huge increase in the service of our warrants and summonses and in a more timely fashion.
“The new paperless system is a protection factor for our victims,” she added. “This is just the beginning of a great relationship among the local justice agencies, KOHS, Kentucky State Police, and Administrative Office of the Courts.”
Kentucky’s eWarrant system began as a pilot project by KOHS in 2005 to address a backlog of nearly 300,000 unserved 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 acting executive director. “We’re pleased that Warren 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.
“This brings the judicial system into the 21st century,” said Warren County District Judge John B. Brown. “We’ve had situations where we had to release an individual with a warrant because the clerk’s office was closed, and then the next morning when the clerk’s office was open, we could not locate the individual.”
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 250,000 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 systemwide.
A total of 72 counties are now connected to the eWarrants system. The next scheduled KOHS urban rollout will be Pulaski County in July.
The eWarrant program is being offered to the state’s rural and urban counties at no cost to local communities.