The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office is providing a new, free service to notify crime victims of offender custody status changes.

The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system, developed by Appriss, provides victims of crime with access to timely and reliable offender custody information.

This service is free to the public and now is available to look up incarcerated individuals in Cowley County.

VINE lets victims call a toll-free number, (866) 574-8463; visit www.vinelink.com; or use the VINEmobile app to check on an offender’s custody status anonymously, offering peace of mind.

Victims also can register to receive automated notifications about changes in offender status via their choice of format — phone, email or text. TTY service for hearing impaired also is available.

VINE is available in more than 2,900 communities across 48 states, including Kansas.

Support from the Appriss CustomerFirst Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for callers who need help with locating an offender, registering for notifications or accessing victim services in their area. Notifications are available in more than 15 languages, with more than 200 additional languages available via live operator support.

The VINE service provides offender custody status information to more than 20 million citizens annually. In 2015, VINE users conducted more than 46 million offender searches and delivered more than 40 million notifications nationwide. For more information about VINE, visit www.appriss.com/vine.html.

To look for offender custody status information or register for notifications, visit www.vinelink.com.

About Appriss, maker of VINE

Appriss provides data-driven solutions to fulfill its mission of keeping communities safe and informed.

Partnering with public safety, government, health care and the commercial market, Appriss delivers solutions that prevent fraud, mitigate risk, fight crime, ensure compliance, increase public safety and save lives.

Appriss’ solutions always are backed by excellent customer support, with technical agents in the U.S. that are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

For more information about Appriss, visit www.appriss.com.

This information was provided by Cowley County Sheriff David Falletti.

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