While the on-scene handling of the Umi Southworth case left much to be desired, the subsequent response by the Urban County Division of Police has not.
In a Thursday press conference, Chief Ronnie Bastin acknowledged that mistakes were made after officers found Southworth's badly beaten body behind her Meadowthorpe Avenue home, mistakes that delayed medical treatment for her for more than three hours.
Southworth, who initially was presumed to be dead when police found her, subsequently died from her injuries.
Nothing suggests Southworth could have survived if she had received immediate treatment after she was discovered at 7:45 p.m., June 9.
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Still, her case prompted questions about why the coroner was not called for more than an hour and why emergency medical personnel were not called until 11:05 p.m.
According to state law and experts interviewed by the Herald-Leader, the coroner should have been called immediately after police found Southworth.
But the mistakes made with Southworth should not happen again. An internal investigation into the handling of her case led Bastin to announce a new policy: In all future cases involving apparent deaths, police will call emergency medical personnel from the Division of Fire immediately. And those personnel will be responsible for pronouncing death.
So, while some of the questions about the handling of the Southworth case still have not been answered definitively, it has produced some positive outcomes.
Faced with those questions, the Division of Police quickly launched an internal investigation that led to a stand-up admission that mistakes were made.
Most important, corrective action was taken that should prevent a repeat of those mistakes in the future.
Fayette County residents can be thankful for that.