Kentucky AG Andy Beshear to Offer Sexual Assault Cold Case Training on SAFE Kit Backlog

Attorney General Andy Beshear plans to host a three-day sexual assault cold case training for law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim advocates across the state related to Kentucky’s Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence kit, or SAFE kit backlog. The free training will run from April 11 through April 13 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. It will feature local trainers and national experts from the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Training and Technical Assistance (SAKI TTA) and AEquitas: the Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women. Beshear is offering the training in response to a request by prosecutors for skills to effectively prosecute cases from the backlog. Beshear’s office has been partnering with lawmakers, law enforcement, and advocates to end the SAFE kit backlog since last spring when Senate Bill 63 was passed that directed the 3,000-plus untested kits to be tested.