IDThisPerson.com is a FREE service which is anticipated to be a valuable tool in solving and preventing crimes such as Identity Theft, Credit Card Fraud, and Retail Theft, where images of those involved in criminal activity is obtained. The steps required to join IDthisPerson.com are simple and Law Enforcement agencies can begin using the site almost immediately.
- Click on the "Request a login" tab at the bottom of the IDThisPerson.com home page.
- Complete the required fields on this page and click on the "Request an IDThisPerson login" tab.
- Your "User email address" will be the email used to log on to the website and you create your own password. You will be sent a confirmation email.
- You will then be allowed to submit images to the site immediately. These images will not post for public viewing until your account is verified, normally within 24 hours.
- When a TIP is provided for an image posted by your agency the TIP will be sent to the "user email address".
- Your agency is responsible for verifying the TIP.
- Your agency will reply via email to IDThisPerson.com whether the TIP was verified or not.
- If verified IDThisPerson.com will send a $25 reward to the email that provided the TIP.
- The verified image will then need to be removed from your account so others do not provide a TIP on the same image.
- Users can manage their account any time by logging on.
IDThisPerson.com is offered FREE to all Law Enforcement agencies. Agencies may use the site and upload as many images as they choose; there is no limit. IDThisPerson.com is responsible for paying all rewards, your agency will not be billed. If you are not satisfied cancel your service by emailing us.
New users to the site will find on their account page a downloads section with a press release form which allows you to fill in your agencies name and submit it to your local media outlets. We suggest you upload several images prior to sending the press release so visitors have something to view. This is an important step to ensuring that IDThisPerson.com is successful for your agency.
An IDThisPerson.com "flyer" form for your agency to use is also available to download. This form allows the Law Enforcement agency to attach a local image and print it for display in their lobby, booking area, or anywhere else appropriate. There is no limit to how many separate bulletins the agency can create and post.
Law Enforcement agencies using IDThisPerson.com are asked to create a link on their own website directing visitors to IDThisPerson.com. This will go a long way in advertising the site, getting more visitors to the site, and increasing the likelihood of more images identified. A link to IDThisPerson.com placed on the webpage of the Law Enforcement agencies city's website would also help this process.
Law Enforcement agencies need to ensure that their sworn and non-sworn staff are aware they are using IDThisPerson.com. It is strongly recommended that email, roll-calls, in-service training, or any other means of communication are utilized to encourage staff to visit the site regularly. New images are likely to be added in your geographical area daily. Patrol Officers are those with the most contact with the public and have a better chance of recognizing subjects from your area. Anyone providing a TIP that leads to the identification of a subject in an image will be eligible for a reward. This includes any Law Enforcement staff.
One of the reasons behind the creation of the IDThisPerson.com site is because too many criminal investigations get closed because the suspect was not identified, even though an image was available. Quality images of suspects obtained from video footage are typically distributed to local Law Enforcement. Images are typically not provided to the public. In higher profile cases suspect's images are sometimes submitted to local newspapers and television stations for public viewing. Although this is sometimes useful, these images may not be seen by those who know the suspect. Once the image is aired on television it normally is not available for future public viewing, meaning that if the right person isn't watching the news at the exact time a suspect's image appears, they are not going to see it.
IDThisPerson.com was created to provide Law Enforcement with a cutting edge crime fighting tool. Being a new user of IDThisPerson.com, we encourage your staff to review recently closed cases and upload images of any suspects. Based on the statute of limitations in your state, you may need to go farther back in your archives to obtain these. Sketches are allowed as long as they are saved as a file type you can upload, such as a "jpeg" or "bitmap".
To ensure the most exposure for images you submit, visitors to the site search by state. This will allow visitors to view more images without having to search neighboring communities.