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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Aug. 27, 2020

New USCG app helps you be a crime-stopper

By Lt. Luke McConnell, MyCG Writer

The Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) just launched a mobile app, CGIS TIPS, that anyone can use to help fight crime. It’s also available at

You can remain anonymous when you make a report! You won’t need to worry about providing identification.

“The new CGIS TIPS line will promote safety and security for Coast Guard members worldwide,” said Mark Benek, the deputy director of operations for CGIS. “The ability for individuals to contact the Coast Guard with vital information without having to call the duty agent is instrumental in promoting safety and security for Coast Guard operations and members.”

Anyone can use CGIS TIPS to share information about assault, suicide, drugs, fraud, homicide, illegal trafficking and more. CGIS constantly monitors the new tip line and has agents working 24 hours a day responding to reports of crime. You can even talk to an agent in real-time.

The CG receives an average of 15-20 tips per month, which have led to significant ongoing investigations. Some of these cases involve multiple agencies. 

The app is linked up with several other federal agencies, including the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). “The system allows multiple agencies to delegate submitted tips to the Coast Guard, providing real-time information and leads,” Benek said.

Things you should know:
A couple of points to keep in mind if you plan to submit a tip:

1. You can upload photos and attachments.
2. You can chat with a CGIS agent in real-time, which can be especially helpful in the event of a time-sensitive crime.
3. You can submit a tip through your computer.
4. Download the CGIS TIPS app directly to your mobile device, so it is there when you need it in the future. You can download the app from either the iTunes App Store or Google Play store.

• CG TIPS is available on the web at
• CGIS Tips is also available through the iTunes App Store or Google Play store.
• Learn more about USCG Investigative Services at


QR code for the new CGIS Tips ap. Scan the QR Code to go to the CGIS tip website to make a report.