Input - General Rules
By entering fewer search criteria you increase the chance of getting results. You should provide as many details that are certain, and omit those that you are not sure about. A more general search, for example, by last name only, will provide more (too many) results, but it will also increase the chances of finding the offender.
If you are certain about some criteria, you may enter those, and thus narrow down the search results.
If you enter an ID number, such as, KDOC ID or Social Security, together with other type of information, such as name, the ID number will take precedence over the other values, which will be ignored.
Before conducting a new search, make sure that there are no residues from the previous search. Use the "reset" button to clear previously entered data.
Selecting this option by clicking on the "Yes" radio button will increase the chances of finding records. Of course, you may also get multiple records for the same offender, for each name the offender has been using and is captured in the KASPER system.
The last name is often used in a search. If you know the spelling of the name, enter it. If you are not sure, you may want to enter a partial name. For example, if the name could be "Yancey" or "Yancy", enter just "Yanc". While this might provide more results than you need, it increases the opportunity to also find the information you are looking for.
The first name if also often used, and it will help narrow down a search. For example, if you only enter the last name of "Miller" (say), you will get a few hundred hits. With aliases that number might exceed 1,000 records. If you enter the first name, the result could be just a few names, or the one name you are seeking.
If you are not sure whether the offender's first name is, for example, "Andy" or Andrew, you may want to enter "And" or just "A". Again, you could get multiple hits; but not too many.
The middle name should be entered if know. This will narrow down the search. You can enter just the first initial, just like the first name, and also in cases where only the first initial is known.
The search is case insensitive, namely, you can use capital letters or small letters. This way, errors related to the case are significantly reduced.
These parameters, if known, could result in quickly finding the specific offender your are searching for, or narrowing down the list of results. But, they should be used only if you are confident that you know these values exactly. Otherwise, do not enter them.
Birth Date/ Age Range
Use these values only if you are absolutely sure they are accurate. If the date of birth is not exactly what is stored in the system, you will not find a match.
The age range is useful for statistics, in which case you should not limit the search to a specific name.
Counties and Locations
If you know the county or location of an offender, you could narrow down the search by using these pull-down menus. Again, if the offender is not included in these locations, the search will fail to provide the desired results.