State Police announce free app for reporting suspicious activity
Don Ames Reporting
Have you seen something suspicious? Want to pass that along to law enforcement? Louisiana State Police say there's an app for that.
LSP has announced a free, new app called "See Something, Send Something" to help you tip law enforcement to suspicious or illegal activity.
Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson says the app lets smart phone users pass along tips in real time, even using their phones camera.
"They can take a picture of something that they see as suspicious activity or something that they're not sure of...send that information to the authorities so we can check the information and get it to law enforcement across the state of Louisiana."
Text or digital photo tips go the state's law enforcement Fusion center, where they're evaluated and passed along to local and state police.
Colonel Edmonson says it's set up to protect the anonymity of the person sending the tip.
"For those people that aren't so sure they want to make a phone call, or don't want to identify themselves...they can just send this information by taking a picture and sending it."
Edmonson also says the app is for tips only, and is not meant as a replacement for 911.
"If your life is threatened, if you see other life being threatened, if you see an emergency situation that needs immediate attention...immediately call 911," says Edmonson.
LSP says tips and images of suspected illegal activity can be forwarded to law enforcement as easily as uploading to Facebook or YouTube.
The app is available for iPhone and Android smartphones and a free download can be found on the Apple store website.
State Police say no suspected illegal activity is too small to pass along using the app.