NEWS | Nov. 8, 2012

New tools let OSI engage community more effectively

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

In order to capitalize on cyberspace and engage the community more effectively, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations has opened up its first "Anonymous Tip Line."

The Tip Line can be accessed via the internet, texting or by a smartphone application.

With the new tool, anyone can provide OSI with anonymous tips on everything from drugs and theft, to terrorist activities and potential insider threats, said Special Agent Michael Hassan, AFOSI Det. 310 special agent in charge.

According to Hassan, when an individual submits a tip online, their form is 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. After submitting their tip, users will be provided with their own unique tip number and will be afforded an opportunity to create a password to use when checking on the status of their tip.

When an individual contacts the text, web or smart phone application Tip Line, they will always communicate with a live operator, according to Hassan. Once individuals submit their tip, they will be given a unique tip number. The live operator will never ask for your name or personal information.

In addition, the online application provides for two-way communication, allowing individuals to send in photos and for agents to request more information without diminishing the tipster's anonymity, said Hassan.

To submit a Web tip, go to https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=1111.

To report an anonymous tip using your smart phone:
1.) Download the Smart Phone application, TipSubmit Mobile, from your mobile provider's marketplace.
2.) Choose "Manually Select an Agency."
3.) Choose "USA" then "Federal Agency," then select AFOSI.
4.) Create a password.
5.) Select "New Tip."
6.) Fill out form with as much information as possible.
7.) Select "Submit Tip."

To report an anonymous tip by text message, text "AFOSI" along with your tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).

For more information, visit www.osi.af.mil.