March 29

As Attorney General, I have made it a priority to provide police with the tools they need to tackle today’s many modern law enforcement challenges.  This week I announced that 78 rural law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth will receive mobile data terminals (MDTs) in the coming weeks to help process electronic warrants.  It was an honor to personally deliver MDTs to local law enforcement in both Carroll and Franklin counties.  These in-car computers allow officers to check vehicles, driver’s licenses and access outstanding warrants while out in the field.  

We were able to utilize funds through the nearly $4 million Rural Law Enforcement Grant my Office received in 2009 as part of the American Resources and Recovery Act. This grant funded implementation of the electronic warrant management system (eWarrants) in rural counties across the state to address the backlog of nearly 300,000 un-served warrants.  The eWarrants program has been a tremendous success with service rates for warrants jumping from as low as 10 percent under the paper-based system to more than 80 percent. For more information and a list of the counties that will receive MDTs, please see our press release.

We had a great Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program in Boone County on Tuesday.  I appreciated the community leaders and local law enforcement who joined us as we warned nearly 1,000 students at Camp Ernst Middle School about the dangers of abusing prescription painkillers.   Check out our video from the program and make sure to monitor and secure all prescription medications in the home.  If you have unneeded or unused prescriptions, take them to a dedicated drop box or participate in the National DEA Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m..

I’m looking forward to talking to my radio friends in Ashland (WLGC), Cadiz (WKDZ), Bowling Green (WBVR) and Madisonville (WTTL) on Monday.  I’ll update their listeners on all of the latest news from my Office. 

Elizabeth and I will be cheering on Coach Pitino and his Cardinals tonight as they take on Oregon in the NCAA Sweet 16.   We also wish you and your family a safe and joyous Easter.