Using Ewarrants to Reduce Bench Warrant Filing Time and Reduce False Arrests


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Police departments spend countless hours, and sometimes days, a year processing arrest warrants and filing them with courts and the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) and National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The costs of this manual process are cost intensive for both police departments and jurisdictions. Automating the process using eWarrants saves departments money and allows officer work hours to be spent on more pressing matters, such as apprehension of criminals.

The eWarrants solution from FusionStak can reduce bench warrant filing times from days to minutes. In addition, the real-time access to warrants provides officers with up-to-date status information, which can significantly reduce the number of false arrests due to stale warrant data.

For example, imagine that a judge issued an eWarrant for a traffic offense (e.g., refusing to submit to a breath or blood test). Then suppose that the squad video from the actual incident shows the driver actually crashed into a pedestrian. Without being able to view the video, officers might not understand that the alleged violation is actually a dangerous offense.

WCNC Charlotte has learned from the experience of other communities that it’s important for local government leaders to do their homework before moving forward with an eWarrants system. Identify the end-users, and set up a task force of those end-users to discuss, document and evaluate the need for an eWarrants system. This should include the police chief, patrol officers, police records personnel, warrants clerks and court clerks. Schedule conference calls, meetings or web demonstrations with agencies that have implemented an eWarrants system to learn about their challenges and successes. Ewarrants