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The Air Force Office of Special Investigations has created its first anonymous tip line.
Anyone with information about a crime and who has access to a computer, a cellphone or a smartphone can make an anonymous report to OSI — and follow up later by using a unique tip number.
"We understand the concerns facing today's military community," a brochure on the new program states. "The TEXT, WEB & APP Tip line provides service members and civilians a safe, discreet and anonymous option to report criminal information, counterintelligence indicators, or force protection concerns."
The app version can be found in the Android and Apple store as TipSubmit Mobile; the online version can be accessed at http://www.osi.af.mil/">www.osi.af.mil. Both versions include an option to upload a photo.
To text a tip, include "AFOSI" and the tip in the message and send to 274637 (CRIMES).
Online tips can be "sent using state-of-the-art software through a Secure Socket Connection. Tips submitted through the Web are encrypted, confidential, anonymous and immediately and securely transferred directly to AFOSI," according to the brochure.
The online form allows tipsters to submit in three languages — English, Spanish and French. It asks for information such as a suspect's name, alias, race, gender, height, weight, age and other identifying information. A crime notes section asks for what happened, when it happened, where it happened and how you know about it.
The tips will go to a live operator, according to the form, but if the matter is urgent, "do not submit here alone."