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ViCLAS, or Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System, is the name of a computer database in which information about serious violent crimes is gathered. A search function has been installed, and trained ViCLAS analysts can search for crimes that may have been committed by the same offender.

History of VICLAS
Canada

ViCLAS was developed in the mid-1980s by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), due to a series of serial murders. A need was evident for identifying and tracing crimes/criminals, with emphasis on violent crimes such as homicides and sexual assaults. Two of the best automated case linkage systems in the United States were merged, the FBI's ViCAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program) and MINN/SCAP (Minnesota State Sex Crime Analysis System). The focus was to develop a system that ...

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