What is SAVIN?
SAVIN is an acronym for Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification. The U.S. Department of Justice, through the Bureau of Justice Administration (BJA), implemented the SAVIN program to assist states in building, implementing, and improving victim notification strategies and systems throughout the United States.
For additional information on SAVIN please visit: www.savinonline.org
SAVIN-NY is the SAVIN program in New York State administered by the NYS Sheriffs’ Institute as the lead SAVIN agency working in partnership with:
• NY-Alert – NYSDHSES
• NYS Association of Chiefs of Police
• NYS Police – eJusticeNY – Integrated Justice Portal
• Westchester County Office for Women
• NYS Office for Victim Services
• NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
• NYS Unified Court System
• NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The NYS Sheriffs’ Institute has been in the business of providing victim notification services since 1998 when it received its first Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding grant through the New York State Office of Victim Services (at that time it was known as the Crime Victim’s Board). The purpose of this grant was to establish and administer VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) in county correctional facilities throughout NYS. The NYS Sheriffs’ Institute continues to administer this program in New York State today. Since that time the Sheriffs’ Institute has been the recipient of three SAVIN awards from BJA:
SAVIN 2007 -Photo Enhancement to NYS VINE. This project added the ability for those victims that choose to view the photo of the inmate that they are registering against. This helps them to confirm that they are registering against the right person. This feature is currently operational and available to victims in New York State.
This project is operational.
SAVIN 2009 – Family Court Order Of Protection Notification System – Pilot. This project will allow those victims who have been granted an Order of Protection from a Family Court in New York State, the choice to register to be notified when the order of protection is served by law enforcement. This service will be available in all New York State counties outside of New York City.
This project is operational in 18 New York State counties: Albany, Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Nassau, Niagara, Ontario, Otsego, Rockland, Schenectady, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Suffolk, Tioga, Wayne, Westchester, and Yates.
SAVIN 2011 – Order of Protection Notification System – Expansion Project. The purpose of this project is to expand the Order of Protection Notification System to the Family Courts of New York City and then to criminal courts throughout New York State.
This project is presently under development.
New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, Inc.
The New York State Sheriffs Association Institute, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in 1979, to operate some of the charitable and educational programs formerly conducted by the Sheriffs Association. The Institute is tax exempt under IRS Code 501(c)(3), and is comprised of all the elected and appointed Sheriffs of New York State. Undersheriffs and past Sheriffs are eligible for Associate membership.
The specific goals of the Institute are:
• To provide education and training for Sheriffs and their staff.
• To educate member Sheriffs, their staff members and members of the general public in all the areas of Sheriffs duties, all so that the public might be well served by the Sheriffs of New York State.
• To operate the Institute’s Summer Camp for children
• To operate the Sheriffs’ Victim Notification Services.
The Order of Protection Notification System is a 24/7 alert system available to victims having been granted a Family Court Order in New York State. The system allows victims the choice to register through NY-Alert to be notified when an Order of Protection is served by law enforcement. Notification can be made by phone, text, fax, email, NY-Alert query, or i-Alertz (iPhone app).
Funded by BJA, the Order of Protection Notification System is a component of SAVIN-NY (Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification) , a project of the NYS Sheriffs’ Association Institute in partnership with NY-Alert, NYS Police, NYS Association of Chiefs’ of Police, NYS Unified Court System, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, NYS Office for Victim Services, Westchester Office for Women, and the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Please visit www.sheriffsinstitute.org for additional information on the Institute.