Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, center, presents mobile data terminals to Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite, left, and Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman, right. The computers will allow law enforcement officers to search, print and serve outstanding warrants through the state’s eWarrants online database from a police vehicle. (Submitted photo)
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, center, presents mobile data terminals to Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite, left, and Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman, right. The computers will allow law enforcement officers to search, print and serve outstanding warrants through the state’s eWarrants online database from a police vehicle. (Submitted photo)
Kentucky's attorney general visited Carrollton on Tuesday to present area law enforcement agencies with computers funded through a federal grant to be used for serving outstanding warrants.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office and Carrollton Police Department each received one mobile data terminal from Attorney General jack Conway to help rural county law enforcement agencies with the state's eWarrants programs.

The attorney general's office purchased the computers through Kentucky's eWarrants Rural County Implementation Grant Program, which was funded by a $3.94 million Rural Law Enforcement Grant from the American Resource and Recovery Act.

Kentucky received the grant in 2009. It allowed the implementation of the eWarrants system throughout rural Kentucky counties. The distribution of the computers is the final phase of implementing the grant.

The electronic warrant management system allows information to be shared among law enforcement and the courts concerning active warrants throughout the Commonwealth.

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

Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite noted the eWarrants system has significantly increased the warrant service rate in the county since Carroll County law enforcement began the switch from paper warrants to the electronic version. The county began using the eWarrants system in the fall of 2011.

"(With the MDT,) officers can check vehicles, driver's licenses and people wanted on warrants in Kentucky and nationwide before they get out of the car, adding to the officer's safety and effectiveness," Willhoite said in a release.

The computers will allow officers to print and serve anyone with an outstanding warrant at any time. According to the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security website, there are an estimated 300,000 unserved warrants throughout the state on any given day. All Kentucky counties now participate in the eWarrants system program to allow access to those issued and unserved warrants.

"We are very appreciative of the attorney general's office supplying us with this MDT," Sheriff Jamie Kinman said in a release. "Without their help, it would not be possible for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office to purchase such a valuable computer."