Kansas crime database to be revamped

KBI (KSN photo)
KBI (KSN photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigations is revamping its crime data system, which debuted in 1993.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the agency began the revamping process this past fall. It is expected to last through 2021, in time for new federal guidelines on indictment reporting.

The system provides unspecified data like the total number offenses reported by each agency, but research analyst Bill Reid says the Kansas Bureau of Investigations routinely gets more complex questions from lawmakers and others.

The about 420 law enforcement agencies in Kansas don’t necessarily report statistics the same way, which can affect the way the system provides information.

The first half of the new database is expected to be online by fiscal year 2019, and its costs will be funded by a more than $570,000 U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics grant.