10/1/2012 - QUANTICO, Va. (AFNS) -- The Air Force Office of Special Investigations has opened its first anonymous tip line that allows submissions from the Internet, via SMS (texting) or using a smartphone application.
The application was created in order to capitalize on cyberspace and engage the Air Force community more effectively, officials said.
"This tool will allow anyone to provide OSI with completely anonymous tips on everything from illegal drugs, theft and terrorist activities to potential insider threats," said Special Agent Daron Hartvigsen, OSI Cyber Investigations and Operations. "Even better, the online and app versions allow individuals to send in photos."
The application also allows for agents to request more information from the concerned tipster without jeopardizing the tipster's anonymity. All three avenues allow the tipster to check on the results of their tips.
(Courtesy of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Public Affairs Office.)
10/5/2012 7:32:59 AM ET Didn't the Third Reich have a similar program in place back in WWII Seems like anyone could use this App for malicious intent potentially trampling on a person's individual liberties.
10/3/2012 11:53:34 AM ET Hmm the jury is still out on this idea. Not against lawful assistance to make the Family safer and smarter, but tread carefully before you use this tool and make sure your facts are true and correct to the best of your knoweldge. No guessing or assumptions should be part of using this tool.
SNCO Ret 89, Ohio
10/3/2012 9:30:05 AM ET Just curious how much did this cost to develop and what are the yearly O and M costs
10/2/2012 1:39:17 PM ET Downloaded the app to my phone and working through the steps. There was no option to select AFOSI on the app. After Federal Agency it went to NCIS. Nothing to report trying to be proactive for my clients.