Eagle Eyes makes reporting suspicious, illegal activity easy

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Members of the Hanscom community have ways to report suspicious or illegal activities seen at or around the installation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The program, known as Eagle Eyes, allows base personnel to report tips through a website as well as call their local AFOSI detachment. Individuals also have the option to call the local Eagle Eyes hotline at 781-225-3937.

“Each of these reporting mechanisms is a force multiplier for the law enforcement community throughout the Air Force,” said Special Agent Andrew Wilson, a member of Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 102. “They expand our reach by providing immediate, anonymous tips and intelligence to help fight crime.”

The Eagle Eyes program is part of an Air Force anti-terrorism effort that enlists the eyes and ears of Air Force members, civilians, contractors and their families.

Through the reporting website, located at https://www.tip411.com/tips/new?alert_group_id=21111, tipsters are able to provide law enforcement officials with information such as what they saw, where they saw it and additional details to help law enforcement gain important facts. A unique feature of this reporting method allows tipsters to send photographs with their tip.

“This option provides a discreet and anonymous option to report criminal information, counterintelligence indicators or force protection concerns,” said Wilson. “Anyone reporting a tip will not be asked to provide their name or other personally identifiable information.”

According to AFOSI agents, among the broad range of suspicious behaviors tipsters can report are individuals recording or monitoring activities on or near the installation, people or organizations attempting to gain information about military operations or brazen tests of security. Other behaviors include suspicious people out of place in your workplace, neighborhood or facility on base.

“Air Force OSI investigates a wide variety of serious offenses that undermine the mission of the U.S. Air Force or the Department of Defense,” said Wilson. “If you see something, say something.”

However, because AFOSI may not see the submission until the following day, agents encourage tipsters who require an immediate response to contact law enforcement directly or call 911.

Special Agent Katie Grant, the commander of Detachment 102, urges individuals who see something out of place to gather as much information as they can.

“If you see something and are going to report it, gather the key descriptors of the individual, the vehicle, such as the license plate number - anything you can get because those are the facts that will help law enforcement officials,” she said.

For more information, visit http://www.osi.af.mil/Home/Eagle-Eyes/ or contact the Hanscom AFOSI detachment at 781-225-5861.