Local sheriff's office using app to share crime information

July 06, 2018 11:12 PM

Local law enforcement is launching an app to give you instant access to criminal cases in your neighborhood.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is one of the first in the state to offer 'Mobile Patrol', an app you can download to get information on inmates, sex offenders, and missing children.


“This is your app- created specifically for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office to place your Sheriff’s Office on the cutting edge of communications to keep our community safe and informed,” wrote Sheriff Barry Virts in his monthly column for neighbors.

The newsletter goes on to say, “our community is changing the way we receive information. With the Mobile Patrol app, you have easy access to an impressive list of information and features.”

Those features include mugshots, names, addresses, intake and release dates, charges, and bail information for offenders in your area.

It also allows you to access a map to see sex offenders in the area, including their picture and address. You can also register to get a notification if that offender’s custody status changes.

This means you can get a phone call, email, or text any time the offender is transferred, released, or escapes.

The website for the app, powered by Appriss Safety, uses a technology called VINE which stands for ‘Victim Information and Notification Every day.’

The site says the technology stems from a murder case in 1994, where a woman named Mary Byron was killed by her boyfriend after the family was not notified that he had been released from jail.

The app is free for you to use.

“This smartphone app is free for you and your Sheriff’s Offices because of the previous association and works with Appriss on the VINE and National Victim Notification Network,” noted the Sheriff’s newsletter.


Stephanie Robusto

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