FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Attorney General’s office has partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to provide training for law enforcement that will help them pinpoint and link violent criminals.
In July, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Cold Case Unit and the FBI will host two intensive trainings on the national Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP). The trainings are for detectives, homicide and sex crime investigators as well as cold case and missing persons units.
ViCAP maintains the largest investigative repository of major violent crime cases in the U.S. It’s designed to collect and analyze information involving unidentified human remains.
Law enforcement will be trained on how to enter case data into ViCAP.
Training will be provided by the FBI but attendees must apply by the July 1 registration deadline and meet training requirements. Attendees must have a Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP) account, a ViCAP submission criteria case on training day and a laptop with Wi-Fi capability.
Thursday, July 18, training will be at the Department of Criminal Justice Training, Eastern Kentucky University. Friday, July 19 training will be at the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.
ViCAP also includes an FBI unit tasked with the analysis of serial violent and sexual crimes.
Dr. Angela Williamson oversees SAKI and serves as a liaison to the ViCAP unit.
“The FBI’s program that supports the criminal justice DNA databases works because law enforcement agencies across the country actively upload DNA profiles from offenders and crime scenes,” said Williamson. “The same principal applies to utilizing ViCAP except it can help link cases even when forensic evidence is not available. Under SAKI, we want agencies to be able to tell survivors that they have exhausted every avenue to try and solve their case, and that includes utilizing ViCAP.”
To date, the Cold Case Unit has secured three sexual assault case indictments.