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ViCAP - Violent Criminal Apprehension Program

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.

What are agencies required to enter?
Agencies are required to enter into ViCAP:

  1. All pending sexual assault cases regardless of the whether the investigation was commenced before, on, or after the effective date of Molly Jane's law, September 1, 2019.
  2. Other sex offenses where biological evidence has been collected. It is important to note that agencies enter on the basis that biological evidence was collected. Agencies should not wait until testing on biological evidence is complete to enter, as this delays entry of required data.
  3. Agencies can enter other offenses that qualify for ViCAP but there is no requirement under Molly Jane's Law to do so.

Molly Jane's Law

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