Electronic warrants increase arrests in Harlan Co.

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

There are thousands of active warrants in Harlan County that need to be served. Police hope they can cut down on that number by going paperless.

The majority of those unserved warrants are in district court. Authorities hope this system will allow them to make more arrests.

"It's just hard to get out and serve that is, that many active warrants," said Marvin Lipfird, Harlan County Sheriff.

Clerks in Harlan County have already entered 2300 warrants into the system.

"A lot of times, we may not be aware of the warrant. A bench warrant may have been issued, but it's not made it to the sheriff's department yet," said Lipfird.

The new E-warrant program has been online for a few weeks. Authorities have already arrested dozens of people on outstanding warrants.

Now arresting agencies don't have to depend on a paper warrant to nab crooks that may be hiding out or on the run.

"There's a quick turnaround time from when the warrant is signed by the judge and when it's available for you to serve," said Mike Nunley, Lynch Police Chief.

Nunley said his department recently made a number of arrests they wouldn't have made otherwise. He said it's a more efficient way of doing things.

"We can just print it off right here at the Police Department, serve it, and taken them on to jail," said Nunley.

A number of counties in our area already use the E-warrant system. Some of the warrants are more than ten years old.

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