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4:27 PM, Jun 8, 2011   |    comments
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Citizens can submit their tips to Crime Stoppers directly from their cell phones.


Tampa, Florida --  NCIS Special Agents are in Tampa. 

Don't get too excited, they're not the men and women from Tampa Bay's favorite CBS TV show "NCIS," but the real life agents who actually work for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

They are in town to learn about using the latest technology and software to field tips to help them solve crime from Crime Stoppers of Tampa, which has been on the forefront of the ever evolving technology.

"We're incorporating some kind of criminal information collection system that will allow us to break down the barriers between the peer to peer retaliation or the concerns within the military of reporting crimes to NCIS," explained NCIS Supervisory Special Agent Charles King.

The heads of each of the U.S. field offices are spending two days in the classroom with Lisa Haber of Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay.

"I think it's nice to see this federal and local partnership that we have.  We all learn from each other and we're all trying to do the same thing which is to make our communities safer," Haber told 10 News.

Crime Stoppers has gone beyond a tip line, allowing tipsters to use their cell phone, smart phone and PC to submit tips.

NCIS is getting on board too.

"We looked at the demographics of our military, being the 18 to 30 year old Sailor or Marine and the fact they they text and they have access to web based applications... it's going to be a big benefit for us," Special Agent King told 10 News.

Haber estimates Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay receives anywhere from 400-600 tips each month, solving 10-15 cases monthly.

There are multiple ways you can submit a tip:  call the tipline at 1-800-873-TIPS, submit a tip online, or text "CTSB plus your tip" to 2474637.

Remember, tips are anonymous and you could be eligible for up to a $1,000 cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.

While NCIS is not affiliated with Crime Stoppers, it is considering offering cash rewards for tips.

Completely off subject, when asked if the real NCIS is anything like the tv show, Special Agent King smiled, "The TV show has been on so long, they've gotten somewhat creative."

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