PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A new digital system for court warrants is expanding to all Kentucky counties and is expected to help law enforcement officers reduce backlogs of unserved warrants.
The state Attorney General's office received $3.9 million in
federal funding to expand a five-county pilot program to all 120
counties. The money will provide county attorney's offices with
computers, networked equipment, personnel and training on the new
system, The Paducah Sun reported.
The new system allows officers to view all of Kentucky's active warrants in a centralized database. And officers can save time instead of contacting another county about possible outstanding warrants.
"This is a great public safety tool," McCracken County Sheriff
Jon Hayden said. "It will allow us to work more efficiently by
allowing us to access and serve warrants from all 120 counties on criminals in the area."
The intention of the pilot program started in 2005 was to
address a backlog of 300,000 warrants in Jefferson, Campbell,
Scott, Bourbon and Woodford counties. The computerized system helped law enforcement officers in those counties serve 62 percent of the warrants entered into the system. Under the old system, only 10 percent of the warrants would have been served.
Carlisle County Attorney Mike Hogancamp said rural counties will benefit from the new network.
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