July 8, 2013
Nevada Expands Automated Victim Information System by Four Agencies
Carson City, NV – Crime victims throughout most of Nevada will now be able to use inmate tracking information and alerts to check on the real-time status of offenders through “VINEMobile”, a new free mobile app.
“I would like to thank all of our partners who have shown a commitment to victim safety by participating in this valuable project,” said Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. “I am thrilled that a new, free, easy-to-use app is available to protect victims and their families. This means safety, security, and peace of mind is no longer limited to computer screens or those who are fortunate enough to have computers.”
Masto also announced the expanded implementation of the free and anonymous automated victim information and notification system (Nevada VINE) in the Clark County Detention Center, Las Vegas Department of Detention and Enforcement, North Las Vegas Police Department, and the Department of Public Safety Division of Parole and Probation.
Crime victims and other concerned citizens from Nevada have around-the-clock access to custody information about offenders held in jails and prisons throughout the state. The system allows victims to be immediately informed in the event an offender is transferred, released or escapes imprisonment. The addition of the Department of Parole and Probation now allows victims to have access to information concerning status changes to those under supervision of the Division of Parole and Probation to include notifications when supervision ends, if a warrant is issued, or there is a change in supervising officer.
“The Nevada Department of Public Safety is involved in protecting the public in many ways,” said Jim Wright, Interim Director of the Nevada Department of Public Safety. “By providing crime victims information on status changes with offenders under our custody, we are providing more tools to the public.”
“It is important that victims have access to a mobile app to reach users who may exclusively utilize mobile phones,” said Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie. “Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has successfully provided VINE to the community for many years, and we are excited to join the statewide service and to be at the forefront of new technology.”
“Victim safety is one of our department’s top priorities,” said Las Vegas Department of Detention and Enforcement Chief Michele Freeman. “We are happy to be partnering with the Attorney General on this valuable project, which is in alignment with the city’s commitment to make our community safe.”
“It is important that we continue to notify victims in North Las Vegas,” said North Las Vegas Police Chief Joseph Chronister. “Victims rely on this service for peace of mind and safety planning.”
Downloading the VINEMobile App
Users can now download a mobile app available for Android and Apple devices by searching for “VINEMobile” in the Apple App Store or in Google Play.
About Nevada VINE
Users can contact Nevada VINE by calling 1-888-2NV-VINE (888-268-8463) or www.vinelink.com to track the custody status of an offender. Live operators are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist victims who need help obtaining offender information or registering for notification.
In 2012, Nevada VINE made 191,416 phone calls to registrants and delivered 5,141 emails to registrants. There were 341,261 searches for offenders within the service and 18,620 new registrations.
The Henderson Police Department and The Parole Board are currently working toward implementation.
Visit http://ag.nv.gov/Hot_Topics/Government/Nevada_VINE/ for more information about Nevada VINE.
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