Va. State Police Release Mobile App

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    Virginia State Police launched an app Friday meant to be used as tool to report suspicious and criminal activity. Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver has the story. (Published Friday, Dec 6, 2013)

    Virginia State Police launched an app Friday meant to be used as tool to report suspicious and criminal activity.

    The app, "See Something, Send Something," is free for iPhone and Android users. It also includes information on what to do if you see suspicious behavior. 

    "It gives us almost instant information to be able to respond to hopefully prevent criminal activity," Major Rick Jenkins with State Police said at a news conference at Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge.

    Police remind users the app is not meant to take the place of calling 911. Local police departments will also have access to the app.

    Some potential users say they're worried about being tracked or monitored.

    "The luxury of being anonymous is being slightly taken away from you, because they now have your cell phone number, they now have your information," Woodbridge resident Bashaum Brim said.

    Officials say the tips will be sent directly to VSP -- if the tip is unfounded, it will be permanently deleted from the system.

    "There is no archiving of tips or maintaining a collection database," Jenkins said.