- The Washington Times - Monday, November 23, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced as part of his “See Something, Send Something” campaign a new mobile app that allows New Yorkers to alert authorities of potential threats.

The “See Something, Send Something” app allows anyone with a smart phone to report suspicious activity directly to the New York State Intelligence Center in the form of photos or written notes, according to a press release.

The press release reminds users to only report “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.” 

“These new efforts are essential pieces in our fight against terrorism,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement. “We have stepped up our preparedness in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, and we continue to remain vigilant against those who seek to spread fear and violence. Despite the tremendous pain and loss that terrorist attacks around the world have caused the people of this state, the family of New York stands stronger than ever before.”

Additionally, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it will hire 46 more police officers to increase counterterrorism capabilities at Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station and throughout the Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road and Staten Island Railway systems, the press release states.

“The crime-solving, tip-sharing process is evolving and so are the New York State Police,” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said in a statement. “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. Your tip could provide valuable information that could prevent a tragedy.”

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