WASHINGTON -- The Army community and American public can use their computers and smartphones to submit tips about crimes, suspicious activity or threats to the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command, or CID, via a digital crime tips system.

The CID crime tips submission system is a web-based and/or smartphone app submission method. The public can access the system via any Internet-connected device by visiting http://www.cid.army.mil/. In addition to the web interface, the app is for submission of tips and is available for free download from the Apple Store and Google Play at http://www.p3tips.com/app.aspx?ID=325.

The CID Crime Tips app is also approved for download on government smartphones and smart devices. Apple users can access the app through the DOD Enterprise Mobility (DEM) Personal Use Mobile Apps (PUMA) and DOD Apps icons on their device. Android users can access the app using the Mobile@Work icon on their device.

According to CID's implementation project manager, Special Agent Christopher L. Adams, the system provides users a safe, secure and anonymous method to report criminal activity and security threats without concerns of retaliation or fear. He explained that whenever a person submits a tip online, the completed form is securely transferred directly to Army CID through a Secure Sockets Layer connection, which means that the tips are encrypted, entirely confidential and completely anonymous. Users can also attach images, videos and documents with their tips.

"This new system is the ideal solution for 'tipsters' to report criminal activities or suspicious activity anonymously. Tips received will be seamlessly assigned to various units for further investigation. Additionally, persons providing anonymous tips will have the ability to communicate with the CID Agents," Adams said. "After submitting a tip, a tip reference/ID number is created that allows the tipster to create a password to check the status of the submitted tip or check on the status of a reward -- if applicable. So do not misplace your ID number, as it will be needed to check on the status of your tip."

There is also the multi-language feature for global use that allows tips to be auto-converted into English on the back end, regardless of the language in which they were submitted. Tips will be responded to in English and auto-translated back to their source language during the two-way dialog process.

According to Christopher Grey, CID's spokesman, individuals can report a crime though the CID Crime Tips app, or by contacting your local CID office.

"It is critical for people to say something when they see something and it literally can mean the difference between life and death or someone receiving the justice they deserve or victimizing another innocent person," Grey said. "If you haven't already done so, download the app today or bookmark CID's Report a Crime web page."