Kentucky State Police failed to compile and make public crime data for the entire state for nearly three years, as required by law, FBI records show. That means no one can say with certainty how many people have been killed in Kentucky since 2001 or how many serious crimes were committed during that period, reports the Associated Press. Kentucky and Illinois are the only states that did not provide information in 2001 and 2002, said the FBI’s annual report, which police use to identify trends and determine which crime-fighting methods work.
The data also is used in awarding grants, said an FBI spokeswoman. In the FBI report for 2003, only information from Louisville and Lexington was included. State Police Commissioner Mark Miller said he agrees the information would be useful for fighting crime, but he doesn’t think the backlog has caused problems or affects any federal grants. Miller said several factors contributed to the delay, including outdated computer equipment, lack of cooperation from police around the state and a shortage of clerks to compile the data by hand.