The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Carrollton Police Department were each awarded one mobile data terminal (MDT) to be installed in their vehicles. The laptop-style computers were purchased by the Kentucky Attorney General’s office with funds from a federal grant.
The local departments are among 78 police agencies throughout the Commonwealth that are receiving the computers. Their purpose is to allow officers better access to the eWarrants program, which was funded through the Rural Law Enforcement Grant as part of the American Resources and Recovery Act. The $3.94 million grant was awarded to Kentucky in 2009 to make eWarrants accessible to all police agencies throughout Kentucky. Distribution of the MDTs is the final phase of implementing the grant.
“This helps put technology in the hands of officers while they are out in the field,” Attorney General Jack Conway said. “It gives officers the tools they need to almost instantly determine whether or not a person has an outstanding warrant.”
Conway came to Carrollton to personally present the computers to Sheriff Jamie Kinman and Police Chief Michael Willhoite.
“We are very appreciative of the Attorney General’s office supplying us with this MDT,” Sheriff Kinman said. “Without their help, it would not be possible for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office to purchase such a valuable computer.”
Chief Willhoite added that, 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.” He noted the current eWarrants system does not compare to the paper warrant days and the service rate has increased since eWarrants was begun in Carroll County.