ICHRIS System

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

This is the only system of its kind in the Valley. In fact, we're right behind Northern Virginia in the technology. It's totally paid for with a federal grant and will eventually revolutionize our judicial system.

Right now, law enforcement says there's few ways they can communicate.

"If we want to look at something the city has we have to get up and go over there and look at it," Sgt. Mike Layman says.

It's inefficient and costly. Soon ICHRIS will connect JMU, Harrisonburg Police, Rockingham's 6 towns and the Sheriff's Office, it'll have a person's demographic information, arrests, complaints they've called in and their location.

"If a person's been arrested for a larceny the FBI would have records of that and we'd have that here as well, but it's going to go a little further as far as sentencing info and incarceration info," Sgt. Layman says.

Which will really help the courts and commonwealths attorney.

"We will know the identity of individuals immediately in addition to that with the advanced abilities potentially to Internet with DNA info it'll provide better investigative tools and helps us to better prosecute individuals," Marsha Garst says.

A fingerprinting machine is the first part of the ICHRIS system that the county's actually used. You put your fingerprint here, instead of the old way with ink.

"Cards are automatically printed out with information already on them-it pulls information from our database," Sgt. Layman says.

And that information can be verified in just 20 minutes. Another part of ICHRIS will track crime trends and what crimes are occurring where.

"You can relate to citizens if there is a certain crime happening in the area, they can be told and look out for such things," Ann Marie Ritchie says.

It's all a benefit to you.

"If anything it'll make our agencies more efficient," Sgt. Layman says.

New DNA technology using just your fingerprint could be on the way. They're just waiting on software development for everything to fall into place.

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Harrisonburg Crime Statistics

Crime

1999

2000

2001

Homicide

0

3

2

Kidnapping/Abduction

8

12

6

Forcible Sex Offenses

30

26

41

Assaults

402

374

440

Robbery

32

25

31

Arson

6

11

14

Burglary

225

207

179

Larceny

1,264

1,336

1,165

Stolen Property

22

30

26

Vandalism

997

1,023

981

Drug Offenses

300

273

266

Pornography

1

1

0

Totals

3,287

3,321

3,151



Virginia Crime Rates

  • In the year 2000 Virginia had an estimated population of 7,078,515 which ranked the state 12th in population.

  • For that year the State of Virginia had a total Crime Index of 3,028.1 reported incidents per 100,000 people.

  • This ranked the state as having the 41st highest total Crime Index. For Violent Crime Virginia had a reported incident rate of 281.7 per 100,000 people.

  • This ranked the state as having the 37th highest occurrence for Violent Crime among the states.

  • For crimes against Property, the state had a reported incident rate of 2,746.4 per 100,000 people, which ranked as the state 41st highest. Also in the year 2000 Virginia had 5.7 Murders per 100,000 people, ranking the state as having the 20th highest rate for Murder.

  • Virginia’s 22.8 reported Forced Rapes per 100,000 people, ranked the state 45th highest. For Robbery, per 100,000 people, Virginia’s rate was 88.9 which ranked the state as having the 28th highest for Robbery. The state also had 164.3 Aggravated Assaults for every 100,000 people, which indexed the state as having the 40th highest position for this crime among the states. For every 100,000 people there were 429.9 Burglaries, which ranks Virginia as having the 46th highest standing among the states. Larceny - Theft were reported 2,064.8 times per hundred thousand people in Virginia which standing is the 38th highest among the states. Vehicle Theft occurred 251.6 times per 100,000 people, which fixed the state as having the 38th highest for vehicle theft among the states.


Source: A compilation of Web reports contributed to this report.


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