Ohio’s New Electronic Warrant System

An eWarrant is a document issued by a judge for law enforcement to execute on the streets. Ewarrants allow law enforcement to act in the field as soon as they have probable cause to believe a crime has been committed and to minimize the risk that the suspect could be tipped off or flee the scene of the crime. The eWarrant process is streamlined through an innovative system offered by Palatine Technology and enables the creation of any Ewarrant including arrest, search or blood searches from anywhere. The virtual warrant system also includes a secure video conference component that allows officers to contact a judge directly from their squad car via browser embedded secure video.

eWarrants are the product of Governor Mike DeWine’s Warrant Task Force to improve the accuracy of state and federal background checks by streamlining the process of uploading warrants and protection orders into Ohio’s Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) and National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Previously, it took days for local courts to enter warrant and protection order information into LEADS and NCIC, often due to stale information.

The eWarrant system is free to law enforcement, courts and their clerks across all of Ohio’s 88 counties. The software is designed to be intuitive, responsive and mobile friendly, making it easy for officers to use in the field.

The eWarrant system saves countless hours and even days of lost police work, allowing for officer time to be used on the field rather than in the office processing paperwork. It also reduces errors in paperwork and provides a comprehensive audit trail for judicial review. Ewarrants

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