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Kentucky State Police receives $1.9 million grant to test backlogged rape kits

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There are more than 860 untested rape kits at the state crime lab In Frankfort and KSP is hopeful that with more grant money, those could be processed (WDRB News photo) There are more than 860 untested rape kits at the state crime lab In Frankfort and KSP is hopeful that with more grant money, those could be processed (WDRB News photo)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky State Police has received a $1.9 million grant that will help with the state's backlog of rape kits.

The grant from the District Attorney of New York County in Manhattan will assist law enforcement agencies across Kentucky in processing the kits, said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer.

"We now have the resources to address these backlogged rape kits, providing hope to the victims who had the courage to report the assault and undergo an invasive examination,” says Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer.

In 2012, the KSP Laboratory staff began a statewide program to locate sexual assault evidence collection kits that had been sitting on the shelves of police storage facilities, having never been submitted to the lab for testing.  Some of these kits were from recent assaults and others from attacks years ago. 

As WDRB News reported Aug. 25, there are more than 860 untested rape kits at the state crime lab in Frankfort. 

KSP applied for grant funding in May. The grant will fund the outsourcing of up to 3,300 kits and the formation of a Task Force to focus on policies for the automatic submission of sexual assault evidence collection kits, according to a press release.

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