A new smartphone app gives crime victims up-to-date information about offenders.
The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Department says that the new app VINEMobile enables the public to anonymously monitor the location and status of offenders in Washington correctional facilities and jails. Users can also register for notifications when an offender’s custody status changes. Those changes include an offender’s transfer, release, or death.
Sheriff Rick Scott said “We’re very pleased to make this app available on smartphones and tablets, so victims of crime have another option to register for important notifications about offenders in custody,”
The app is an extension of the Washington Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification website at www.vinelink.com, which has provided information and notifications about offenders in custody since 2007.
“This new mobile app is hands-on and immediate,” Mitch Barker, Executive Director, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, said. “Victims, advocates, law enforcement, and the public can use the app to quickly and easily register for instant offender movement notifications. It’s another piece of a community’s safety plan.”