Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FBI: Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, Part 1: Sharing Information to Stop Serial Offenders

The FBI released a report on the VICAP system.

The homicide investigators, crime analysts, intelligence analysts, and administrators in the police department classroom studied their computer monitors, ready to receive instruction on—and access to—a powerful database that serves as a nationwide repository for certain types of violent crimes.
The men and women from regional law enforcement agencies were gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona for an introduction to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP), whose mission is simple: share information to help solve serial crimes.
“ViCAP Web is the only national law enforcement database that contains both investigative and behavioral information related to specific types of cases,” said Rick Blankenship, an FBI crime analyst who travels the country to train law enforcement on the use of the system. “We are not looking for law enforcement agencies to enter every one of their homicides or sexual assaults in ViCAP Web,” he explained. “We are looking for cases of a serial nature, where we think this may not have been the first time the offender committed this type of crime.”
You can read the rest of the report and watch a video clip via the below link:

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