FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – Attorney General Andy Beshear released a “tool kit” to aid Kentucky’s law enforcement with thousands of backlogged, untested rape kits, known as SAFE kits.
Kentucky was one of several states to report thousands of kits had been sitting in police storage units, never being investigated for DNA or other evidence that could crack the cases.
The tool kit includes resources for law enforcement on managing sexual assault kits, pre- planning of investigations while kits are being tested, reviewing DNA results once kits are returned, preparing for pre-victim notifications, and notifying and interviewing victims.
“We want to ensure that everyone working to end this backlog has the resources and support they need to seek and get justice for these victims,” Beshear said.
Four-point-five million dollars from a lawsuit settlement that Beshear’s office settled will go to testing the kits. An additional $1 million will go to the investigation and prosecution of the sexual assault cases.