Serious crime rates in Kentucky dropped overall in 2022, new report shows

Overall serious crime rates fell across Kentucky in 2022, with double-digit declines in reports of homicides, robberies and drug offenses, a new law enforcement report showed Wednesday.

Among 23 categories deemed as serious or violent crimes, overall reports of offenses decreased by nearly 10% in 2022 compared to the prior year while arrests declined 6.2%, according to the report from the Kentucky State Police. Arrests fell in 16 categories while reported crimes declined in 18 categories.

“Today’s report is encouraging news that we are moving in the right direction when it comes to fighting crime across the commonwealth,” Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said.

Beshear, who is seeking reelection to a second term this year, acknowledged that declining crime rates don’t necessarily reflect public perceptions about the prevalence of crime. The Governor lost one of his closest friends when a gunman opened fire at a bank building in downtown Louisville in April.

“It’s not enough that overall serious crime has gone down,” he said at a news conference. “People need to feel safe, too. That perception is important. And that means we have to continue to do more every day.”

Combating crime has emerged as a crucial issue in Kentucky’s gubernatorial campaign between Beshear and Republican challenger Daniel Cameron, the state’s attorney general. Cameron recently released a sweeping plan that includes awarding recruitment and retention bonuses to bolster police forces.

Beshear, a former attorney general, has touted his crime-fighting record, noting he pushed for large pay raises for state troopers as well as increased training for police officers.

The Governor on Wednesday praised law enforcement agencies statewide for their roles in helping drive down overall serious crime rates. The new report showed a nearly 7% drop in statewide homicide arrests and a 33% decrease in reported homicides. Reports of drug and narcotic offenses fell more than 13% while arrests dropped by about 12%. Reported robberies fell 16% and arrests were down nearly 6%.

The only serious crimes that increased from 2021 to 2022 in both reported offenses and arrests were animal cruelty, bribery, and extortion.




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