State Police shows off suspicious activity app
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police showed off a free app today designed to let people quickly report suspicious activity using their phones.
The "See Something, Send Something" app is part of a initiative between intelligence centers across the U. S. People can take pictures of suspicious activity they see, then send it with a short text message through the app directly to investigators.
"It allows the citizens to interact with the police, and it's only a click away," said State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson. "This is something that you use as you're strolling through an area, such as a mall. You're in your vehicle, you're out visiting somewhere, and you think 'Wow, that doesn't look right.'"
The tips go to a Fusion Center where workers sift through them, then send the information to authorities. Pictures that are sent have built-in geotracking that will pinpoint where the tips are coming from, so the correct agencies can get the information they need.
Investigators say cell phone pictures and tips played a major part in identifying the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Authorities in Louisiana hope this app will help the public step in before something like that could ever happen here.
"We all know how important information from the public can be during a crisis," said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. "This app will help someone give emergency personnel the information they need during a time when every minute could be critical."
News 2's Olivia Laborde will have more on how the app works and how authorities use the information once it's submitted tonight at 5 and 6 p.m.