(WBIR-KNOXVILLE) Victims of crime have a way to track the offender through a statewide system, and local authorities worked today to make sure people are aware of the program and how to use it.
The Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification System (SAVIN) first started in 2010. It allows victims, family members, or others to register so they can be notified if an offender has been released, transferred or escaped.
On Tuesday, the The Tennessee Sheriff's Association and the Knox County Sheriff's Office teamed up for two training sessions, to show law enforcement, advocacy groups and legal professionals how the system works. Then, they can ensure that crime victims are signed up.
"What this does, it will give peace of mind to the victims of crime, and it does it anonymously. It's an automated system that works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and it tracks the status of that inmate," said Gary Cordell, Tennessee Sheriff's Association.
To register call 1-888-868-4631 or sign up at this website.