The Army’s crime tip system is going fully digital and anonymous.
The Army CID app is available in the Apple and Google Play stores, as well as through an online form, according to a Tuesday CID release.
The apps allow tipsters to select from a variety of crimes ― from arson and child abuse to online scams and terrorism ― then add details like the suspect’s description, what type of vehicle they drive and whether they own weapons.
Once submitted, the tips are farmed out to CID units for investigation and their progress can be tracked online.
“After submitting a tip, a tip reference/ID number is created that allows the tipster to create a password to check the status of the submitted tip or check on the status of a reward — if applicable,” Special Agent Christopher Adams, a CID project manager, said in the release.
The system uses a Secure Sockets Layer connection to send encrypted tips from the online form to CID, Adams said, which keeps them confidential and anonymous.
Currently, CID accepts tips through local officers, by calling 1-844-ARMY-CID or emailing Army.CID.Crime.Tips@mail.mil, but these methods will be phased out within the next 60 days, according to the release.
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.