East Tennesseans can enroll in automated victim notification service

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – An automation service that’s been protecting people in other parts of the state is about to start in East Tennessee. The Statewide Automated Victim Notification Service, or SAVIN, provides access to timely information concerning the custody status of offenders in county jails.

The 24 hours a day, 365 days a year service is designed to notify victims, law enforcement, criminal justice personnel and anybody else who enrolls of specific inmates who transfers jails, bonds out, is being released, dies or escapes. All you need is a cell phone or computer to receive these notifications.

The Tennessee Sheriff’s Association and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office are holding a two-day training session beginning Tuesday.

“It saves lives. More importantly for victims of crimes, you’re traumatized in most cases. It gives you some piece of mind, peace of mind knowing that you know more than that inmate does about when they’re going to walk out that door and you can prepare for it,” said Gary Cordell with the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association.

Sheriff’s offices in all 95 Tennessee counties are now participating in the program. If you would like to register, call 1-888-868-4631 or go online.

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