In FY2017, SAKI awarded the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General (KOAG) a $2,998,090 grant; the KOAG will use the money to investigate and prosecute cold case sexual assaults, offer services to victims throughout the criminal justice process, and establish an additional Kentucky State Police cold case unit.
In FY2019, SAKI awarded the KOAG an additional grant in the amount of $1.49 million. With this funding, the KOAG will hire another investigator dedicated to the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) cold cases to ensure thorough follow-up on the results of all tested sexual assault kits (SAKs) belonging to LMPD. The KOAG will also use this funding to add a crime analyst to their team to review data returned from the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Crime Laboratory, provide analysis and investigative support, enter all criteria cases into the FBI Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, and coordinate with the Regional Information Sharing Systems (e.g., Regional Organized Crime Information Center®) and KSP to disseminate Combined DNA Index System hit packets to law enforcement agencies across the state.
In FY2020, the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (KY Justice Cabinet) received $1.5 million in SAKI funding to finalize testing of the last phase of the statewide inventory that includes all partially tested sexual assault kits (SAKs). The KY Justice Cabinet also plans to enhance the successful investigation and prosecution of cold case sexual assaults and sexually motivated homicides. Additionally, the funding will be utilized to collect data about cases associated with Combined DNA Index System and Violent Criminal Apprehension Program hits, increase the number of officers in jurisdictions with the majority of untested SAKs, and assign a specialized cold case prosecutor.
Find out more information about Kentucky's efforts to address previously unsubmitted SAKs.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|Kentucky Office of the Attorney General|
|FY2017||$2,998,090||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2019||$1,493,089||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet|
|FY2020||$1,500,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.