Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that 78 rural law enforcement agencies in Kentucky will receive mobile data terminals (MDTs) to help process electronic warrants. The terminals are computers that will be available in officers' cruisers. Officers can enter information into the computer during a traffic stop or after responding to a scene and find out if a person has an outstanding warrant.

General Conway presented two of the MDTs today to Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton and Frankfort Police Chief Mark Wilhoite.

"This helps put technology in the hands of officers while they are out in the field," General Conway said. "It gives officers the tools they need to almost instantly determine whether or not a person has an outstanding warrant."

The Office of the Attorney General purchased the MDTs utilizing funds from the Rural Law Enforcement Grant that was part of the American Resources and Recovery Act. The office received the $3.94 million grant in 2009 to implement the eWarrants program statewide. The eWarrants program is now up and running statewide and the distribution of MDTs is the final phase of implementation.

"The eWarrants program is a tremendous success," General Conway said. "Since its implementation, we are seeing a dramatic decrease in the backlog of unserved warrants, and officers are able to determine whether there is a warrant for a suspect in another county."

The service rate for warrants has gone from an estimated low of 10 percent in areas using solely a paper-based system to a statewide average service rate of more than 80 percent.

Law Enforcement Agencies Receiving MDTS

  • Anderson County Sheriff
  • Ballard County Sheriff
  • Bardstown Police Department
  • Barren County Sheriff
  • Beattyville Police Department
  • Beaver Dam Police Department
  • Bell County Sheriff
  • Boyd County Sheriff
  • Breckenridge County Sheriff
  • Caldwell County Sheriff
  • Calloway County Sheriff
  • Carroll County Sheriff
  • Carrollton Police Department
  • Central City Police Department
  • Clay County Sheriff
  • Cold Springs Police Department
  • Crittenden County Sherriff
  • Elliott County Sheriff
  • Fleming County Sheriff
  • Floyd County Sheriff
  • Frankfort Police Department
  • Franklin County Sheriff
  • Franklin Police Department
  • Fulton Police Department
  • Glasgow Police Department
  • Graves County Sheriff
  • Greensburg Police Department
  • Harrison County Sheriff
  • Hart County Sheriff
  • Hazard Police Department
  • Henderson Police Department
  • Henry County Sheriff
  • Hodgenville Police Department
  • Hopkins County Sheriff
  • Irvine Police Department
  • Jessamine County Sheriff
  • Knott County Sheriff
  • Lancaster Police Department
  • Lebanon Police Department
  • Lee County Sheriff
  • Leitchfield Police Department
  • Letcher County Sheriff
  • Lewis County Sheriff
  • Logan County Sheriff
  • Lyon County Sheriff
  • Manchester Police Department
  • Marion County Sheriff
  • Marion Police Department
  • Marshall County Sheriff
  • Mason County Sheriff
  • Mayfield Police Department
  • Maysville Police Department
  • Meade County Sheriff
  • Monticello Police Department
  • Morehead Police Department
  • Morgantown Police Department
  • Muhlenberg County Sheriff
  • Murray Police Department
  • Nelson County Sheriff
  • Ohio County Sheriff
  • Owingsville Police Department
  • Owsley County Sheriff
  • Paintsville Police Department
  • Perry County Sheriff
  • Rowan County Sheriff
  • Russell Springs Police Department
  • Shelby County Sheriff
  • Shelbyville Police Department
  • Todd County Sheriff
  • Tompkinsville Police Department
  • Trigg County Sheriff
  • Warsaw Police Department
  • Washington County Sheriff
  • Wayne County Sheriff
  • Webster County Sheriff
  • Williamstown Police Department

* This project was supported by award No. 2009-SD-B9-0067, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.



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