Carter Sheriff's Department offering apps to help in victim notification and 'cleaning up the neighborhood'

John Thompson • Updated Apr 10, 2018 at 6:46 PM

ELIZAABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department is promoting two apps that help the public interact with law enforcement and ensure that information flows smoothly between the public and the sheriff’s department about suspects and prisoners.

Neighborhood Cleanup app:

The first app has been developed by the sheriff’s department to provide a snapshot of who lives in a neighborhood from the viewpoint of law enforcement. It was developed by the sheriff’s department and is called the Neighborhood Cleanup app.

Ever wonder if there are convicted criminals or people wanted on warrants living in your neighborhood? That is what the app is designed to show. The app will allow citizens to help locate and turn in suspects who have been named in arrest warrants.

The app provides a map of the last known addresses of all suspects with active warrants, along with their picture and a list of their suspected crimes. Users of the app can access a map that shows the last know addresses. It will allow the citizens to check the map of their own neighborhood for suspects. If a citizen has information on a suspect, they can send a tip through the app to the sheriff’s office and officers will use the information to help make arrests. The app also allows accused criminals to turn themselves in to the sheriff’s office.

“This is a critical tool that will help us bring more criminals to justice,” Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said. “We are always seeking new ways to ensure the safety of our citizens, and I believe this app will help us do just that.”

The sheriff’s department developed the app in house as part of Operation Clean Up Your Neighborhood. It is an important task because there are more than 304,000 unserved warrants across the state that are still outstanding.

The department began an effort to reduce this number of unserved warrants three years ago, with the development of a power shift. Lunceford said this team of 10 deputies, whose primary focus is to hunt down fugitives has lowered the number of outstanding warrants from 4,000 to 1,500.

The new app is available for Android at http://www.sheriff.cc/neighborhood-cleanup.

The department is working to make the app ready for iPhones.

SAVIN app:

The second app, SAVIN, stands for Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification. A training session, sponsored by the sheriff’s department and the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association, was held Tuesday morning at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton. Gary Cordell, SAVIN program coordinator for the Sheriff’s Association, led the discussion.

Cordell said SAVIN provides assistance to the victims of crime by notifying them whenever there is a change in the status of custody of the person who harmed them. Whenever an offender is transferred to another custodial facility, released from jail or escapes, the victim will be notified.

Victims can also use the app to check on the status of an offender who is in custody at any jail or prison in the state. Registered SAVIN users can be notified by phone, email or Text when an offender is released from a Tennessee jail. SAVIN can also be used by a victim to provide tips about offenders to departments.

“SAVIN is a vital tool for crime victims,” Lunceford said. “Being able to check on the custody status of an offender anytime, day or night, and being able to register for free and anonymously and to be notified if that status changes gives them tremendous peace of mind and helps keep them safe.”

Cordell said Tennessee is the number one user of SAVIN in the nation. He said another 68,000 people have registered since January.

Individuals may register for SAVIN by calling toll free 1-800-5010367 or 888-868-4631 or visiting www.vinelink.com. It is also accessible through VINEmobile and MobilePatrol apps for bothAndroid and iPhone devices.

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