What is it? CID Lookout is an Army-wide crime prevention and crime awareness program developed by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID. The program is an opportunity for CID to partner with the Army community by providing a conduit for members of the Army family to help prevent, reduce and report felony-level crime, and to help prevent Soldiers, family members and civilian employees from becoming a victim of crime.
CID has simultaneously developed and is promoting a related "CID Cyber Lookout" program initiated by the CID Computer Crime Investigative Unit. The CID Cyber Lookout is promoting Internet safety by educating the Army community about the dangers posed by cyber-criminals on the Internet.
What has the Army done? CID is the Army's independent criminal investigative organization that investigates serious, felony-level crime such as homicide, rape, sexual assault, robbery, arson, contract fraud, and intrusions into Army networks.
As part of CID Lookout and CID Cyber Lookout, CID has launched a worldwide campaign encouraging persons to report suspicious activity and provide information concerning crime through their chain of command, to the military police, or directly to their local CID office. The community can also visit the CID Web site, where they can report a crime directly to CID Headquarters.
CID has also begun disseminating a series of CID Lookout advisories and articles to help prevent crime. The advisories and articles cover myriad of topics to include: sexual assault prevention, internet "phishing" prevention, child safety and protection issues, personal security, logistics security, identity theft and pretext calling.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? CID will continue promoting community policing with the ongoing CID Lookout program. Future CID Lookout releases will cover current crime prevention and crime-related issues to let Soldiers and their families know what CID can do for them and what they can do to help make the Army even more Army Strong and safe.
Why is this important to the Army? The new CID Lookout program provides a two-way communication mechanism for members of the Army family to get more involved in reporting crime. Solving and preventing felony-level crime cannot be achieved solely by CID Special Agents and the Military Police. Together, professional law enforcement officers and the Army community can work hand-in-hand to fight serious crime. Combating crime depends heavily on Soldiers, family members and civilian employees to "Be On The Lookout" and to report crimes and suspicious activity.
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