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For Immediate Release

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January 02, 2014 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White,
District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
U.S. Marshals Announce New Ability to Receive Anonymous Tips

New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force LogoConcord, NH – U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr. is happy to announce the launch of a new method for the public to assist the U.S. Marshals, NH Joint Fugitive Task Force in tracking down wanted fugitives. The Task Force is now able to receive anonymous tips from the public via text message or web tip. This ability was previously unavailable and tipsters were limited to calling in tips to the Marshals Task Force directly at (603) 225-1632, or their local police. While telephone tips have been very successful and remains an option, tipsters will also now have the ability to text in tips while remaining anonymous, if they so desire. The tipster and the tipster’s phone number remain anonymous to law enforcement, unless the tipsters choose to identify themselves. U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr., said, “With today’s ever-expanding use of technology by both the public and law enforcement, this program allows the public to become an anonymous active participant in making our cities, towns and streets a safer place for all of us.”

Tipsters are now able to send a tip directly to the Task Force by texting keyword “NHTIP” and your tip to 847411 (tip411). Investigators will be able to view the tip and even send a text back to the tipster to ask follow up information. The tipster can then choose to continue the text conversation or discontinue and terminate the communication. Regular text fees will apply based on the tipsters service plan. In addition to texting in a tip, tipsters can also submit a web tip. Tipsters can go to www.usmarshals.gov/district/nh/fugitives to view pictures of the Task Force’s current and past “Fugitives of the Week”. On that page, is the ability to click a button which will redirect the user to the website to submit a web tip which works the same way as the text tip.

This technology is available through a company called Citizen Observer which specializes in providing this service to law enforcement agencies. Their service guarantees that the tipster and the tipster’s phone number remain anonymous to the law enforcement agency unless the tipster chooses to identify themselves.

U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr., said, “Our task force has been extremely successful is locking up dangerous fugitives, making New Hampshire streets a safer place.” Cargill continued “Our hope is that we will be able to further enhance our abilities to arrest fugitives with the addition of this anonymous texting and tip sharing ability from the public.”

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,611 arrests (updated 12/26/2013). These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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