V.I.N.E.
New York State Sheriff's Association Institute
VICTIM HOTLINE
1-888-VINE-4-NY (1-888-846-3469)
Statewide victim assistance and notification 24 hours a day.
Many victims live in fear that the criminal offender who victimized them may someday
return to do so again. For these victims and their families and friends, it is important to
know if that offender is incarcerated in a correctional facility - and to know if and when that
offender is released from custody.

The NYS Sheriff's Victim Hotline provides custody status of any offender housed in any of New York's
county jails, State Correctional Facilities or other county correctional facilities including NYC Jails.

In addition to providing custody status information to callers, the Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE also has
an automatic notification feature. Any victim may register with the Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE to be
automatically notified if an offender's custody status should change. This feature eliminates the need
for a victim to constantly call the Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE to verify the offender's status.

What will the New York Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE do for me?

The New York Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE will tell you if an offender is in jail or prison in the State of
New York and will give you other important custody information. The VICTIM HOTLINE will also let you
leave a phone number where you want to be notified when that offender is released, transferred, or
escapes.

What do I need to do?

Call 1-888-846-3469 from a touch-tone phone and follow the directions. The VICTIM HOTLINE will tell
you the custody status of the offender.

If the offender is in custody, you can leave a phone number where you want to be notified when there
is a change in the offender's custody status. Enter the area code and phone number, followed by the
pound (#) key.

When the VICTIM HOTLINE asks, make up and enter a four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN)
code that will be easy for you to remember. The New York Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE will ask for the
PIN code when it calls you.

When the New York Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE calls, listen to the message, then enter you PIN when
asked. Entering the PIN lets the VICTIM HOTLINE know that you got the call.  
1-888-846-3469
DO NOT DEPEND SOLELY ON THE SHERIFFS' VICTIM HOTLINE,
OR ANY OTHER SINGLE PROGRAM, FOR YOUR PROTECTION.
MAKE THE NEW YORK SHERIFFS' VICTIM HOTLINE PART OF
YOUR SAFETY PLAN.
If you have any questions or would like more information please contact
Correction Officer David Stickles, Columbia County Sheriffs Office VINE Coordinator.  
CO Stickles can be reached at the Columbia County Jail at 518-828-3324.
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
David P. Bartlett, SHERIFF                     John W. Davi, UNDERSHERIFF
Victims of a crime do not have to deal with the physical, financial and psychological issues
associated with what has happened to them ...alone!
 If you are a victim of a crime in Columbia
County and are in need of assistance because of what happened to you, contact:

Columbia County District Attorney Victim Advocate - (518) 828-3414
NYS Crime Victims Board - (518) 457-8727 or  www.cvb.state.ny.us
The Reach Center, Inc - (518) 828-5556
Domestic Violence Services for Columbia & Greene Counties - (518) 943-9211

If you would like know if the offender is still incarcerated and wish to be notified when he/she is
released, read the VINE information below.
VICTIM INFORMATION
Copyright ©2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson, NY 12534