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October 28, 2013

Statewide victim alert program expanding

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The program is being piloted in Family Courts in Manhattan and Staten Island now, with pilots to run in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens next year.

Orders issued by criminal courts could be added to the notification system in the future, the release said.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Orders of protection often require offenders to hand over to local law enforcement all firearms they possess within 24 hours, Evanovich said.

"The alert system will let the protected party know that they can reasonably expect any firearm owned by the offender to be out of their hands by the end of the day."

The alert system will also notify the victim that, once released, the offender has been advised he or she is not legally permitted to reach the victim online through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, he said.

INCREASED PENALTIES

An order of protection increases the penalties for other crimes the convicted person may perpetrate, Evanovich said. 

"This alert will make sure the protected party knows that even low-level violations of law such as harassment or disorderly conduct can become felonies, since the offender has now been put on notice by court order not to commit any such crime."

Evanovich said a similar notification service, Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINELink), is available online to alert victims when an offender is released from custody.

Access VINELink at vinelink.com.

Register to receive SAVIN alerts at www.nyalert.gov; click on the “orders of protection” box on the left menu.

Email Felicia Krieg:  fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

Twitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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