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The Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center
The mission of the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center is to facilitate and enhance the level of inter-agency communications, intelligence analysis, and information sharing among federal, state, and local stakeholders and the public and private sectors in order to anticipate and counter criminal activity, terrorism, and other hazards in coordination with State of Ohio Fusion Center and the Intelligence Community.
NEORFC iWatch Program
Always call 911 in an emergency situation
Ohio Homeland Security Releases Safer Ohio Phone App Nearing Boston Bombing Anniversary
11 April 2014
COLUMBUS - As the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing approaches it is important
to emphasize the public’s critical role in solving that case. Tips from the public in the aftermath of the
Boston Marathon bombing led to the arrest in that horrific incident. To that end, today Ohio Homeland
Security released the new Safer Ohio Phone App, which includes the “See Something, Send Something”
feature, to further engage the public in contributing to a safer Ohio.
The new app is being released in time for potential use with the numerous spring and summer large-scale
events across Ohio beginning this month. By using this function the general public is able to report
suspicious information or activity and send photos to Ohio Homeland Security analysts. The application
is available at no cost on both Android and Apple devices.
“The public’s reporting of suspicious activity is one of our best defenses against terrorist threats and our
greatest resource to building resilience,” said Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety. “An
aware and engaged public that understands what constitutes unusual and suspicious behavior is essential
to protecting our communities. And this function of the application gives citizens one more way to share
this vital information.”
The application provider, My Mobile Witness, uses patent-pending privacy protection software for
safeguarding the integrity of tips and citizen’s personal information. The system allows law enforcement
or Ohio Homeland Security analysts to engage citizens without tracking one’s location or storing personal
information. Submitted tips are immediately removed from the mobile device and purged from the My
Mobile Witness system once delivered to Ohio Homeland Security for analysis.
A tutorial illustrating the application can be viewed at
As always tips can be submitted to Ohio Homeland Security at 1-877-OHS-INTEL or for emergencies,
Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center Partners with Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County, Inc.
1 April 2014
The Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center (NEORFC) proudly announces a new partnership with Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County, Inc. www.25crime.com. Crime Stoppers has been a tried and true crime reporting avenue for many, many years in the Cleveland Metropolitan area.
Our Fusion Center will adopt the Crime Stoppers Tip Soft cellular phone application, which will replace the current iWatch Northeast Ohio Program. http://www.tipsoft.com/index.aspx Tip Soft is a free downloadable application that connects a user directly to the Crime Stoppers service (available for Android and iPhone). http://www.tipsoft.com/index.aspx?P=TipSubmitMobile
NEORFC believes this is another step forward in the building of our fusion center to better serve the citizens of Northeast Ohio. "This partnership will enhance a current successful program; using easy, common sense applications and offer cost savings for our citizens," reported Fusion Center Director Bill Schenkelberg.
NEORFC openly reminds citizens that reporting of all emergencies should go to a 9-1-1 operator for immediate action. But if you see something suspicious, something just not quite right - Crime Stoppers and Tip Soft is the way to report.
NEORFC urges all law enforcement and citizens alike to provide suspicious activity to the proper authorities by using any means of communication, in support of our program, "If You SEE SOMETHING Suspicious, SAY SOMETHING."
www.neorfc.us www.25crime.com or call 1877-OHS-INTEL (877-644-4683)
Tip Soft: Text "TIP657 plus your message" to 27463 [CRIME] (CLE are crimes).