The Violent Criminal Apprehension Program is a service of the FBI that was initiated in 1985. It is designed to track and correlate information on violent crime, especially murder. The FBI provides the software for the database which is widely used by state and local law enforcement agencies to compile information on:

  • sexual assault cases
  • solved and unsolved homicides, especially those involving a kidnapping or if they are apparently motiveless, sexual or random or suspected to be part of a series
  • missing persons, where foul play is suspected
  • unidentified persons, where foul play is suspected
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