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NCJ Number: 200898 Find in a Library
Title: New ViCAP: More User-Friendly and Used by More Agencies
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:72  Issue:6  Dated:June 2003  Pages:1-7
Author(s): Eric W. Witzig M.S.
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 7
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Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the redesign and current functioning of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP), a computer database of violent crimes.
Abstract: ViCAP is a database used by Federal, State, and local police investigators who seek to identify similar characteristics that may link several crimes together. This type of database assists in the closing of unsolved murders and often helps officers identify the common killer in different murders. ViCAP operation was assumed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s training center in July 1985. In 1996, an analysis of the database system suggested redesign of the database was essential to its effective usage. The redesign placed the program in the hands of State and local law enforcement agencies and enabled the creation of an object-oriented, user-friendly software program that would integrate data and provide mapping, reporting, and image-capturing capabilities. The use of modems allows law enforcement agencies across the country to input and utilize the national database system. Standardized reports are also included in the New ViCAP, providing a friendlier user environment. Additionally, recent developments with the New ViCAP have provided the ability to store images and associate those images with particular cases. The images can be scanned photographs, maps, or other graphics. Currently, the ViCAP program is examining ways of implementing a crime analysis tool for sexual assault cases. 19 Endnotes
Main Term(s): Computer software; Criminal investigation
Index Term(s): Databases; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Science and Technology; Violent crimes
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