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Thursday, January 17, 2013 by The Press in Local News

App to help fight terrorism

A new smartphone application has been developed to help Pennsylvania State Police receive reports regarding suspicious activity possibly linked to terrorism.

The See Something, Send Something app allows suspicious activity to be captured as a photo or written note and sent to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center.

The application, which is available at no cost for iPhone and Android phone users, also includes information on what to look for and when to report suspicious activity, along with how to receive important alerts.

Submitted tips are immediately removed from the mobile device and purged from the My Mobile Witness system once delivered to the intelligence center for analysis.

The public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack or briefcase in a public place) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity.

Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with local, state and federal partners.

In addition to the new mobile app, people can call the State Police Terrorism Tip Line at 1-888-292-1919 or email tips@pa.gov to report suspicious individuals or activity.

In the case of an immediate threat or emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.