BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Law enforcement officers have a new crime fighting tool in their arsenal. It's a new smart phone app they hope will help them sweep criminals off the streets.
"See Something Send Something" connects citizens to crime intelligence centers nationwide.
The two blasts that shook Boston and rocked the nation quickly got the attention of law enforcement officers in even the smallest communities tens of thousands of miles away. Photos of the suspected terrorists surfaced almost instantly. Louisiana state police colonel mike Edmonson credits quick thinking citizens.
"The ability for them to immediately extract information from simple photographs of what was going on throughout the Boston area and to get that to the police, and ultimately that led to identifying those individuals and making an arrest," Edmonson said.
Louisiana residents now have a way to relay pictures and information to law enforcement officials through the same smart devices most of them can't bear to be without. It's as simple as downloading the free app.
Search "See Send" in your app browser, click download, type in your name and cell phone number, and you're ready to go.
"This is things you simply see as you're strolling through an area, whether you're in a mall, your vehicle or visiting somewhere where something clicks and you say wow that just doesn't look right," Edmonson explained.
The data that workers get at the state fusion center is analyzed and passed along to police officers on the streets.
"I represent 314 chiefs of police in the state of Louisiana, which is about between 13 and 15 thousand police officers but that's not enough. We never have enough, even with those and all the other departments, we still need the eyes and ears of the public," executive director of the Louisiana association of chiefs of police, Fabian Blanche said.
Colonel Edmonson believes "see send" is the states next best asset in tackling crime at the root.
"That extra set of eyes and ears, that's what makes a difference," Edmonson said.
Louisiana is second behind Pennsylvania to use the app.
All information sent through the software will remain anonymous.
Police want to remind citizens in an emergency always dial 911, first.