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ViCAP Training

ViCAP is a unit of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) responsible for the analysis of serial violent and sexual crimes, organizationally situated within the Critical Incident Response Group's (CIRG) National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC). ViCAP Web maintains the largest investigative repository of major violent crime cases in the U.S.  It is designed to collect and analyze information about Homicides (and attempts) that are known or suspected to be part of a series and/or are apparently random, motiveless, or sexually oriented; Sexual Assaults that are known or suspected to be part of a series and/or are committed by a stranger; Missing Persons where the circumstances indicate a strong possibility of foul play and the victim is still missing; and Unidentified Human Remains where the manner of death is known or suspected to be homicide (NOTE: The previous four case types described constitute ViCAP Criteria Cases). The training will cover the use of ViCAP, the Highway Serial Killer initiative and Investigative Resources.

Why is this important to Texas?
The 86th (R) Texas Legislature passed HB3106, and was signed by Governor Abbott on May 29, 2019, creating what is now called Molly Jane's Law. This law will take effect on September 1, 2019, and specifically states all Texas law enforcement agencies (LEAs) must enter their sexual assault cases into the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) Web National Database.

In order to assist Texas LEAs to comply with this law, ViCAP will be conducting eight (8) "train the trainer" sessions in four (4) locations (2 days each location) throughout Texas. An agency only needs to attend one of the one-day events.

Who Should Attend?
There are currently 89 LEAs in Texas that are active ViCAP users. Most of these agencies have received prior training; however, if the LEA Manager (ViCAP Liaison) has never received training, it is encouraged for the LEA Manager to attend this training. In addition, ALL the LEAs that have never been active in ViCAP and are now coming on-board, this training is for you!

Based on Molly Jane's law, all Texas LEAs must be active in ViCAP by September 1, 2019. In order for an agency to become active in ViCAP, complete the attached LEA Manager form and return it to ViCAP (instructions are on the form).

Don't hesitate to take advantage of this training! The attached Training Announcement has all the details as well as the Registration Form. Most importantly, the training is FREE! If you can get there (meaning, your agency pays for travel), you are welcome to attend!

The following agencies will be hosting the respective training classes for ViCAP:

Event 1
Midland, TX
Host: UT-Permian Basin Police Department
Date: September 9 & 10, 2019 (Monday & Tuesday)
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Location: CEED Facility, 1310 North F.M. 1788, Midland, TX 79707
Seating Capacity: 110 Seats

Event 2 Registration is closed. Class is full
Fort Worth, TX
Host: UT-Arlington Police Department
Date: September 12 & 13, 2019 (Thursday & Friday)
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Location: UT-A Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd S, Fort Worth, TX 76118
Seating Capacity: 110 Seats

Event 3
Round Rock, TX (Austin area)
Host: Round Rock Police Department
Date: September 16 & 17, 2019 (Monday & Tuesday)
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Location: Public Services Training Facility, 2801 North Mays St., Round Rock, TX 78665
Seating Capacity: 150 Seats

Event 4)
Cypress, TX (Houston area)
Host: Lone Star College
Date: September 19 & 20, 2019 (Thursday & Friday)
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Location: CyFair Campus Conference Center, 9191 Barker Cypress Rd., Cypress, TX 77433
Seating Capacity: 200 Seats

In order to attend the ViCAP training, please complete the attached registration form.

Questions? Contact Crime Analyst (CA) Rick Blankenship, ViCAP, at (703) 632-4488.

There is no cost for this training.