The Ohio Attorney General's Office, the Summit County Sheriff's Office, and Appriss Inc. will be conducting training on the state's VINE system in Summit County on Sept. 3. VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) provides crime victims peace of mind by allowing them to check on the custody status of an offender and register to be notified about any changes in that status 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free and anonymous and it is available at www.vinelink.com or by calling 1-800-770-0192.
The Summit County training session will be held from 9:15 a.m. to noon and is open to all corrections, law enforcement, victim advocates and any other interested criminal justice professionals: Summit County Jail, 205 E. Crosier St., Akron. For more info, call 614-466-1698.
In 1998, Ohio became one of the first states to implement VINE. The Summit County Sheriff's Office has provided the VINE service since 2001.
"Protecting the citizens of Summit County is always our highest priority," Sheriff Steve Barry said. "VINE provides an added level of protection because it gives everyone access to timely and accurate information on offenders in our county, and throughout the state. Crime victims who register will be alerted anytime, day or night, when there is a change in their offender's custody status. We're delighted to make this important service available to the public."