State report paints bleak picture
Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 4:00 pm
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say a serious crime took place every two minutes and 38 seconds in 2011.
The agency’s annual “Crime in Kentucky” report released this month shows total of 297,738 arrests were made in 2011 in Kentucky. Of those, 25,841 were DUI arrests, while 38,020 arrests were for drug violations.
State Police Lt. Greg Crockett told The Daily News because of a change in how the state compiled the numbers means the 2011 report cannot be compared to previous years. Essentially, the “Crime in Kentucky 2011” report must stand alone for a year until the 2012 report comes out next summer.
A change in the crime reporting matrix requested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation means the 2011 report is not comparable to the previous 41 versions of the report, most notably the 2010 crime numbers, which is the traditional comparison.
The older reports included eight crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson.
A change in FBI guidelines has created 22 crime categories and also changed what constitutes each reportable crime.
Published in The Messenger 7.25.12
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