The federal government has awarded more than $13-million in grants to 24 states to improve their ability to track and report crime. Missouri’s share amounts to more than $840,000. The State Highway Patrol says the money will be used to start up the mandatory uniform crime reporting program, which will record crime figures from communities throughout the state. But the Highway Patrol points out the crime statistics are not intended to be used in a vacuum, tather, in conjunction with other facts and figures to present an overall view of any Missouri community. Missouri’s share of the grant comes as a result of a joint request to the Justice Department in Washington from the Highway Patrol and the police departments of St. Louis and Kansas City.