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Forsyth County residents wanting to keep up with the custody information of those charged in a crime can now do so by phone or online.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has launched Victim Information and Notification Everyday, or VINE, an automated service available 24 hours a day.

The sheriff’s office plans to unveil the program during a community event from 9 to 11 this morning at the Coal Mountain Community Building.

The event is also considered a training opportunity for any agency in the Forsyth County Community Connection network that works with clients for whom such information can be helpful.

Sheriff Ted Paxton said VINE adds a level of protection because it “gives everyone access to timely and accurate information on offenders in our county and throughout the state of Georgia.”

Those interested may register by phone or online to be notified when an offender is released from custody or transferred. The service also provides live telephone operator assistance for callers who have questions or need help.

“What makes it special is the automatic notification feature,” Paxton said. “As long as you’ve got a telephone or computer, you can receive an automated alert at any time of the day or night.

“That kind of protection is critically important to anyone who is concerned about the whereabouts of an offender.”

The program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.