In the wake of attacks in Paris, New York is taking its fight with terrorism to a new level. The governor has rolled out a tip line-inspired app called “See something, send something,” urging people to send photos of suspicious objects as they notice them.
“See something, send something” is an app for Android and iOS smartphones that lets people to anonymously submit photos and notes about potential threats right as they see them. Pictures and messages will be immediately received by the state Intelligence Center. If found relevant, “the hints” would be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
The app – also available in Colorado, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia – includes information on what to look for and when to report suspicious activity.
“This app works just like a traditional telephone crime tip line or hotline, except it is available with the touch of a finger on a handheld device. If you see something that may be linked to terrorism, send something,” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said.. Yet Governor Andrew Cuomo also stressed that the new app should not replace emergency calls to 911.