by Staff Sgt. Carolyn Herrick
49th Wing Public Affairs
11/2/2012 - HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The
Air Force Office of Special Investigations recently announced its first
anonymous tip line, which operates via the Internet, SMS (text
messaging), and a smart phone application.
This tool will allow anyone to provide OSI with anonymous tips on
everything from drugs and theft to terrorist activities and potential
insider threats, according to Brig. Gen. Kevin Jacobsen, Air Force OSI
commander, in a memorandum Sept. 28.
"Prior to the development and subsequent implementation of this
anonymous application, we would typically receive information directly
from an observer of a nefarious act or one that believed a nefarious act
occurred," said Special Agent Randall Taylor, special agent in charge,
AFOSI Detachment 225, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. "Their identifying
information would be disclosed throughout the life cycle of the
investigation and be archived with the subsequent report of
investigation. There was no protection for a reporter's identity.
However, this application gives everyone across the entire Air Force
spectrum the ability to remain anonymous and may encourage those that
observe acts to report knowing their identity is protected."
Though this new app was launched on the Air Force level, the information
it collects directly affects base-level OSI detachments.
"When someone provides a tip to the Air Force-wide tip line and the
issue is local, the tip will come to [the Holloman AFB] office for AFOSI
Det 225 to investigate," Taylor said.
The online and app versions allow individuals to send in photos so
agents can request more information without diminishing the tipster's
anonymity, according to the Air Force OSI commander. All three avenues
of reporting allow the tipster to check on the results of their tips.
Like any emerging technology, however, the anonymous tip line is only effective if people use it.
"In order for this initiative to really take off and become effective, we need you to promote it," said Jacobsen.
To send a tip via text message, text "AFOSI" plus your tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).
Once you have downloaded TipSubmit Mobile to your phone, open the
application and choose "Manually Select an Agency", then
"Federal/Military" and finally "Air Force Official of Special
Investigations." After you create a password, select "New Tip" and fill
out the data forms with the tip information. Select "Submit Tip" to
To report a tip via the internet, go tohttps://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx
You can also scan the QR code with your smart phone to get to the internet site to report a tip.