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Eagle Eyes program encourages vigilance

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Members of the Hanscom community have myriad 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, by text or by calling the Eagle Eyes hotline at 781-225-3937.

“Each of these reporting mechanisms is a force multiplier for the law enforcement community at Hanscom and throughout the Air Force,” said Special Agent Andrew Wilson, a member of Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 102 here. “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.

“It is the shared responsibility of all Hanscom personnel to contribute to the safety and security of Hanscom Air Force Base,” said Maj. Brett Skates, 66th Security Forces Squadron commander. “If you see something, say something.”

According to law enforcement officials here, suspicious behaviors that personnel should be mindful of include people out of place in your workplace, neighborhood or in a facility on base. 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.

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.

“If you see something and are going to report it, gather as many key descriptors as safely possible,” Skates said. “Personnel should try and note the location, time, equipment, size, type of activity and description of appearance for those involved.”

If personnel see something they think law enforcement officials should immediately be aware of, Skates recommends they contact the security forces directly at 781-225-5000 or call 911.

Personnel also have the option of contacting law enforcement officials by texting “AFOSI” plus your tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).

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