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New app helps Louisianans report suspicious activity

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Baton Rouge, La. - Louisiana State Police unveiled a free app Friday, designed to let people quickly report suspicious activity using their mobile devices.

The See Something, Say Something app is part of a nationwide initiative to directly connect citizens with intelligence centers across the U.S.  People can take pictures of suspicious activity they see, then send it anonymously with a short text message through the app.

LA State Police issued the following press release about the new app:

Today, Louisiana public safety partners announced a new cooperative endeavor entitled "See Something Send Something" which will connect citizens and their mobile devices to criminal intelligence centers nationwide. "See Something Send Something" is a nationwide suspicious activity reporting (SAR) tool for citizens to help in the fight against terrorism and criminal activity. Additionally, the free app has information on what to look for and when to submit suspicious activity reports along with how to receive important alerts.

Public safety officials from the Louisiana State Police, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association (LSA) and the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police gathered at the Louisiana State Analytical & Fusion Exchange (LA-SAFE) at State Police Headquarters to announce the launch and discuss the capabilities of "See Something Send Something." The system connects concerned citizens, first responders and law enforcement to key intelligence centers including LA-SAFE. The system routes geo-tagged suspicious activity reports and location-based messages to intelligence centers providing intel analysts the ability to receive, sort, search and analyze inbound SAR's.

"See Something Send Something" is a free smartphone application which allows suspicious activity to be captured as a photo and as written text and sent directly to LA-SAFE where the tips and information can be evaluated and then forwarded to law enforcement across the state as needed.

"In order for law enforcement to truly be successful, we must have the cooperation and support of the public we serve," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "This capability allows citizens to directly contribute to ensuring safer communities by reporting suspicious incidents to Fusion Center personnel who are trained to evaluate, analyze, disseminate and request action from law enforcement partners across Louisiana."

GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis added, "We all know how important information from the public can be during a crisis. This app will help someone give emergency personnel the information they need during a time when every minute could be critical."

LSA Director Mike Ranatza said, "The reporting of suspicious incidents and the intelligence gained from those reports are imperative to keeping our parishes safe. I am encouraged by the capabilities of this reporting tool which allows local citizens to report suspicious activity, then disseminates that information to deputies on the front line."

The application is available at no cost for iPhone and Android phone users, as well as iPad users. The service which is provided by Mobile Witness, Inc. uses privacy protection software for safeguarding the integrity of tips and citizens' personal information. The system allows LA-SAFE to engage citizens without tracking location or storing of personal information. Submitted tips are immediately removed from the mobile device and purged from the My Mobile Witness system once delivered to the LA-SAFE center for analysis.

This system is not intended for emergency situations. For situations requiring an immediate response, call 911 or your local law enforcement directly.

For further information on this cooperative endeavor between public safety and My Mobile Witness, Inc. please visit http://www.mymobilewitness.com/consumer-services.php.

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