Millions of lives affected by stalking each year

January 10, 2014

Every year more than six-and-a-half million people in the U.S. are victims of stalking. That’s just one of many sobering facts about stalking in this country, including:

  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have been stalked during their lifetime
  • 66% of female stalking victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner
  • 46% of stalking victims experience at least one unwanted contact per week
  • 1 in 8 victims lose time from work

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, an annual push to focus attention on stalking that was launched ten years ago by the National Center for Victims of Crime.

“Combating stalking and the violence that too often results from it is one of the reasons Appriss exists,” said Appriss CEO Michael Davis. “The company traces its roots to our VINE®  (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) program, which lets crime victims check on the status of their offender and register to be notified about any change in that status. Many times stalkers are people who committed a previous crime against the victim and begin stalking the victim after they are released from jail. With VINE, victims have the opportunity to take safety precautions.”

VINE was created after the 1993 murder of Mary Byron, a Louisville, KY woman who was stalked, ambushed and shot to death by an ex-boyfriend who had been jailed for raping her and later released without her knowledge.

Another component of VINE will alert individuals who take out a protective order when that order is served, again allowing them to put a safety plan in place if necessary.

Appriss also provided the initial funding to launch the Mary Byron Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence, which all too frequently is accompanied by stalking

Additional information about stalking is also available at www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org.

 


Appriss acquires Docview LLC and Deep River LLC

December 3, 2013

Appriss Inc., the provider of www.BuyCrash.com, has acquired Docview LLC and Deep River LLC, two leading providers of crash reports via convenient e-commerce options.

Docview (www.Docview.us) and Deep River (www.GetCrashReports.com) have established trusted partnerships with nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies by delivering efficient convenience options to authorized parties needing fast, easy and online access to their official crash reports.

Through these additional agency partnerships, Appriss crash report coverage now totals nearly 4,000 law enforcement agencies, or roughly 25% of the accredited agencies across the country.

“We are building on our commitment to law enforcement and the communities they protect to offer the most efficient and convenient solutions to collect and securely deliver accurate information in the timeliest manner,” said Michael Davis, Appriss CEO.  “The addition of Docview and Deep River provides us an opportunity to deliver comprehensive and cost effective collision reporting solutions across the country. We’ve developed a number of additional products and services that we are looking forward to offering our new partner agencies to help them keep their communities safe and informed.”

“As we leverage best practices from each organization we expect that law enforcement agencies, involved parties, insurance carriers and other authorized parties needing access to these reports will appreciate having a unified, timely and consistent way to satisfy their crash records needs,” said Davis.

Docview LLC, based out of Lansing, Michigan, began helping agencies manage and securely sell crash, crime and fire reports in 2004. Last year, the company partnered with Appriss to offer an electronic crash solution through the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association.

“Docview and Appriss have been longtime partners, offering Appriss’ industry- leading free electronic crash reporting software to our Illinois agencies with great success,” said Steve Person, Docview’s vice president of sales. “This acquisition will have a very positive impact on our organizations and, most importantly, our agencies.”

Deep River LLC, a private software company headquartered in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, offers secure online crash report access to motorists, insurance companies and other authorized parties. Hundreds of New England police departments utilize their e-commerce service and the additional tools offered to help analyze crash data, study trends and develop measures to reduce vehicle crashes in high incident areas.

Founding partners Dave Sistare, Dan Schuessler and Mike Knizeski see the acquisition as having tremendous benefits for their customers. “In its mission to keep communities safe and informed, Appriss is demonstrating its commitment to delivering effective tools to the communities it serves,” said Sistare. “Its reputation for delivering value is consistent with how Deep River has always approached our business. We look forward to joining forces with an organization with the management expertise and resources to help us grow our business.”


Appriss provides technical support for highway safety initiative

November 27, 2013

Appriss Inc., the technology provider for six statewide collision reporting solutions and operator of www.BuyCrash.com, has volunteered to provide support for an upcoming Thanksgiving highway traffic safety campaign involving law enforcement agencies across eight states.

The “Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive toward Zero Fatalities” is being launched today along I-40. The Tennessee Highway Patrol, California Highway Patrol, Arizona Department of Public Safety, New Mexico State Police, Texas Department of Public Safety, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Arkansas State Police and North Carolina Highway Patrol have joined forces to participate.

From noon to midnight tonight and noon to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, law enforcement will increase their presence along the I-40 corridor in an effort to reduce the number of fatalities during two of the busiest travel days of the year. Authorities are hoping the increased presence of officers across several states will have a positive impact on driver behavior and result in lives saved.

“Appriss delivers the most comprehensive and cost effective collision reporting solutions in the country funded at no cost through proceeds from www.BuyCrash.com. Thousands of law enforcement agencies utilize Appriss’ services to help collect and analyze crash data, study trends and develop measures to reduce vehicle crashes on public roadways,” said Michael Davis, Appriss CEO. “During the two periods, Appriss has volunteered to provide the technology platform and support services to help the participating agencies gather key metrics to be used for additional statistical analysis. We are hoping the information collected will demonstrate the effectiveness of the challenge and lead to other new and innovative ways to keep motorists out of harm’s way.”

Interstate 40 runs approximately 2,555 miles through eight states. Participating agencies will also focus on commercial vehicle and bus safety during the I-40 Challenge.


Appriss again ranks as one of area’s fastest growing companies

October 25, 2013

For the 14th straight year — every year that it’s been published — Appriss Inc. has been named to Business First’s list of the 50 fastest growing companies in the 13-county Louisville, KY metropolitan region. Appriss has the distinction of being the only company to make the “Fast 50” list each year.

“Making the “Fast 50” never gets old,” said Appriss CEO Michael Davis. “It’s truly exciting and rewarding to be recognized for the success we’re having. We expect to continue growing and look forward to hopefully making the list again next year.”

Companies eligible for the “Fast 50” must be independent Louisville-area businesses, for-profit and privately held; have a three-year operating sales history; and have an average of $1 million in annual revenue for the three most recent fiscal years.

The “Fast 50” recipients were honored at a luncheon this week in downtown Louisville.

 


Appriss CEO honored by Public Relations Society of America

October 16, 2013

Appriss Chief Executive Officer Michael Davis is a winner of the Communicator of the Year award presented by the Bluegrass chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He is a co-winner of the award, sharing the honor with University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey.

Davis and his partner Yung Nguyen founded Appriss in 1994. Then known as Interactive Systems, it was the nation’s first automated notification system for crime victims. A year earlier Mary Byron, a Louisville woman, had been brutally murdered on her 21st birthday by her ex-boyfriend who had been jailed for rape but was released without her knowledge. Today that automated system, VINE® (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), operates in more than 2,800 communities in 47 states.

The award was presented at the annual Landmarks of Excellence Awards dinner last night. The event recognizes outstanding achievement in the public relations and communications field.


A look back at the 2013 VINE Users’ Conference

September 30, 2013

More than 50 people — including VINE Program Managers of statewide systems as well as Department of Corrections representatives — from 37 states attended last week’s annual VINE Users’ Conference in Louisville. And based on comments from a conference survey, they were very happy with this year’s event and saw it as being well worth their time. Here are a few of the comments:

  • “Well done!”
  • “I loved all the workshops.”
  • “Great opportunity to learn and share”
  • “I learned new things in all the sessions.”

Appriss CEO Michael Davis set the tone in his conference-opening address. Going back to VINE’s (and the company’s) beginning and tracing its growth, progress and challenges, he reminded attendees that “VINE will always be the most important thing Appriss does.”

To close the conference, Angela Shelton, an abuse victim and creator of the award-winning documentary, “Searching for Angela Shelton,” shared healing techniques and a life-affirming message with the crowd, “No matter what you’ve been through, you can live happily ever after.” Shelton’s documentary was shown at the conference Tuesday night.

In between, there were various sessions ranging from customer service and technology advances to updates on VINELink and VINEmobile.

Thanks to all who participated in this year’s conference. We’re already starting to make plans for next year’s event.


Appriss enables MobilePatrol™ app for all VINE® partners

September 26, 2013

The 2,800 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. that provide Appriss’ VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) service are now accessible on the company’s MobilePatrol app. Previously, the app was provided individually to sheriffs’ offices that requested it. The app allows agencies to share a variety of public safety information with users, including detention center inmates, most-wanted persons, sex offenders and warrants. Agencies can also notify users of emergency situations ranging from Amber Alerts and manhunts to weather warnings and traffic tie-ups.  Additionally, users can report a crime and even share information from an agency directly to their Facebook page. The MobilePatrol app is free and available on both iPhone and Android devices by searching “MobilePatrol” at the App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded users select the state and agency they want. Users can favorite multiple agencies to stay connected everywhere they travel.

Appriss president David Kaelin says having every VINE agency on the app is simply a natural extension of the Appriss mission to keep communities safe and informed. “Mobile devices are the tools of communication in today’s society. We’re making sure people all across the country have easy access to important public safety information.”

There are two categories of agencies that will be accessible via MobilePatrol:  Premium and Non-Premium subscribers. Premium agencies provide a broader range of content to their community (e.g., sex offender data, most wanted, agency directory, etc.) Non-Premium agencies feature basic detention center booking information, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, safety tips and national weather alerts. All Non-Premium agencies can register to become a Premium subscriber by visiting mobile.appriss.com and selecting sheriff partnerships.

The app also lets users access VINE in order to check on the custody status of an offender and to register to be notified about any change in that custody status.

 

 


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