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(Las Vegas, NV) The ability to obtain real-time status of violent crime offenders is now accessible through the Nevada Attorney General’s Office.

The mobile application, part of the VINE program is linked to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, North Las Vegas Police Department, Clark County Detention Center, Las Vegas Department of Detention and Enforcement, and the Department of Parole and Probation. It is expected to be available in Henderson in the future.

“VINE is a way for a victim to register against an offender by receiving an automated phone or email alert when that offender is released, transferred or escapes from custody,” says Jennifer Kandt with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office.

People that come up in search results are offenders who are either currently incarcerated or who have been released from custody within the previous 14 days. All you need to know is the offender’s name in order to search.

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.”

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.

“It is an anonymous service. For instance, if there have been robberies in your neighborhood and a suspect has been arrested, you may want to know when that person is released just to take extra precautions in your neighborhood,”says Kandt.

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.

You can find all the information about VINE and the mobile application here

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