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HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION TRACKING SYSTEM

CONTACT:   

Oregon State Police
HITS Unit
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317
(503) 934-0157
osphits@osp.state.or.us

                

The Homicide Investigation Tracking System (HITS) is a violent crime database that collects, collates, and analyzes the salient characteristics of all murders in the State of Oregon.  The information is provided by homicide investigators and detectives via an electronic form and submitted to the Department of the State Police for collection and analysis. This information is used to compare information to other crimes with similar methods of operations, to link crimes, or to identify unknown assailants.
 
The HITS Unit provides a networking connection for detectives to provide leads for identification of additional suspects and places investigators in contact so they can share information.
 
Information collected in the HITS database:
  1. Murder victims, offenders and M.O.
  2. Missing persons where foul play is suspected.
  3. Unidentified dead persons believed to be murder victims.
  4. Violent crimes reported by teletypes, bulletins and investigator requests.

 

Legal Mandate
 
Under ORS 181A.255, criminal justice agencies within the State of Oregon are required to provide information relating to any suspected criminal homicide (solved or unsolved) to the HITS Unit within 25 days of discovery. The form contains only information necessary to aid the HITS Unit in comparing homicides and discovering similar characteristics. 
 
 
 
For Detectives and Investigators
 
Below are links to download the current HITS Murder form, additional suspect and offender forms, and the instructional coding manual. Email is the preferred avenue for returning the form to the State Police.
 
Current HITS Forms for Investigators: