Thousands of unserved warrants in Pike County; E-warrants start this week

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

There are more than 10,000 unserved warrants in Pike County, some are more than ten years old.
Officials hope the new e-warrant system will help.

Starting Wednesday, police will have access to the warrants in the computer system, which police and court employees say will make a big difference in efficiency and public safety.

Officials say around 13,000 warrants sit in the Pike County Clerk's office, waiting to be served.
"We have a very ineffective service process going on now because of the voluminous paperwork that our sheriff's department and state police have, and our city police," said Pike County District Judge Kelsey Friend, Jr.

Officials are getting rid of the paper and starting the new electronic warrant system.

Now all of the warrants are entered into the computer system, giving every Kentucky agency access to them.

"With an e-warrant, an officer can now stop someone and search a database, and any officer in Kentucky will know if a person has a warrant as opposed to just one officer or one agency that has a paper warrant," said Tommy Chamberlin, Assistant Pike County Attorney.

"With this system, it's an instantaneous system which will solve all our problems we've experienced in the past and get these cases processed," said Judge Friend.

Officials say this will also help police on current cases.

"The judge will then be able to electronically sign it and immediately he will have a warrant, so he will not be three days behind on a search for a criminal who might commit other offenses in the time it takes to get a warrant in the old system," said Judge Friend.

Officials say it will also make a difference in domestic violence cases because the officer can serve warrants immediately without having to wait for the paperwork.

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