National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Celebrates Progress, Works Toward Future Goals
April 6 marks the beginning of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
This year’s theme—30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice—presents a perfect opportunity to remember how far we have come—and how much work is yet to be done.
Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office is committed to advancing the rights of victims. In partnership with the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, the sheriff’s office offers two programs for victims:
The New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline (VINE) and
The SAVIN-NY Order of Protection Notification Program
“Victims have their basic human rights of fairness, dignity, and respect stripped away during a crime,” Sheriff Mahar explained. “These programs help restore those rights by keeping victims informed and involved in their cases.”
The first, Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) (www.VINELink.com), is a free, computer-based telephone service that will allow you to:
Check on an offender's custody status either in a county or state facility.
Register to receive automatic notification when an inmate is released or transferred.
VINE addresses the right for crime victims to be notified when the offender who harmed them is released from jail or prison. The Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline gives victims and, other concerned citizens, around-the-clock access to the custody status of offenders in jail and provides automated telephone or email notification to registered victims when an inmate is released.
VINE was created in 1994 following the murder of Mary Byron in Louisville, Kentucky. She and her parents had asked to be notified when Mary’s ex-boyfriend was released from jail. They were never told that he was released, and he murdered Mary on her 21st birthday.
The second, the SAVIN-NY Order of Protection Notification Program
(www.SAVIN-NY.com), allows individuals who have been granted Family Court orders of protection to register to receive alerts when those orders are served.
SAVIN-NY was created because the period of time immediately following the service of orders of protection can be particularly dangerous for victims, as offenders can be more violent during a time of separation. SAVIN-NY allows registered victims to receive notifications of service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via text message, e-mail, fax, automated phone call, web query or iAlertz, a free application for the iPhone or iPad.
“Our commitment to reaching every victim of crime is stronger than ever,” said Joye E. Frost, Director, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U.S. Department of Justice. “For 30 years, VOCA has represented hope, healing, and justice. Our message to all victims of crime is this: You are not alone.”
For additional information about the New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline and SAVIN-NY
Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Rolling Thunder New York Chapter 5 to honor veterans and it’s heroes by building a new Veterans Memorial Park.
The installation of this park will be in front of the Rensselaer County Public Safety Building in Troy NY.
This memorial is to honor veterans serving with the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office. The mission of the Park is two-fold – to recognize those who served their country and to provide veterans an area to reflect on the time spent in service. All members of the community are welcome to visit the park.
The committee for the Veterans Memorial Park will be collaborating with local professionals to design a memorial park to honor our nation’s veterans. In order for this park to succeed donations are needed. To show your support for this project make checks payable: RTNY5 PO Box 12363 Albany NY 12211 Attn: RCSO veteran’s memorial.
“We have an opportunity to build a Veterans Memorial Park in Rensselaer County and give tribute to ALL our veterans. This park will be a great place to remember, honor and reflect on the great sacrifices our military men and women have made,” said Sheriff Mahar
On behalf of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. This website has been designed to provide a comprehensive guide to our agency’s many services and responsibilities performed here. Our mission is to provide our citizens with one of the best law enforcement offices in New York State. We will continue to update and make changes to this site in an effort to better keep the residents in our county informed.
We invite you to explore our site and learn more about us.
We hope you find the information useful and informative,
|Thank you for visiting! ||Jack Mahar |
Sheriff Jack Mahar