A.G. Daniel Cameron hosts Search Warrant Task Force at WKU

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Tuesday, Attorney General Daniel Cameron and the rest of the Search Warrant Task Force in the state held a meeting at Western Kentucky University to continue work on identifying ways to request, serve and carry out search warrants in the safest and most effective way possible.

Search warrants, a topic under discussions by Kentucky judges, law enforcement officers, attorneys and other government officials under Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s Search Warrant Task Force.

The task force was created just a few months ago, less than a year after a jury decided not to convict officers in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville.

Taylor was killed while officers were serving a search warrant.

The goal, according to Cameron, to help make search warrants as safe and effective as possible across the state.

“Hopefully, my judgment is, Kentucky be a national model for search warrants, and I think what you’ve seen here in this meeting, and the previous meetings as well, is an effort to make sure that that happens, whether being the conversations, questions asked or presentations that have been provided. So that’s ultimately my goal and I know that members of this task force share that same sentiment,” said Cameron.

Several topics were discussed such as how long a warrant can be active, how old evidence can be for a warrant to be approved, online E-warrants and even no-knock warrants.

These discussions are important to help better each other from agency to agency, according to Logan County Attorney Joseph Ross.

“And if you disagree with somebody’s approach, you always can learn something and sharpen your own approach, and a lot of times, you agree with them and implement stuff. So I think that’s a lot of what this group is looking to do is to collectively come together, bring our experiences together, and hopefully, at the end of this, as a whole, have recommendations and observations to put out there that improve the search warrant process here in the state of Kentucky,” said Ross.

The meetings are all streamed online and open to the public.

Cameron hopes the committees and ultimately the task force as a whole will be able to make recommendations, share ideas, create standards and present all of their thoughts and findings to legislators or the administrative office of the courts by the end of the year.