POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 8:52am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 8:57am
WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is launching a new smartphone app, the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement, designed to seek the public’s help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators.
The new smartphone app contains photos and information about known fugitives in HSI criminal cases involving sexually abused and exploited children. All tips can be reported anonymously through the app, by phone or online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
ICE’s Office of Public Affairs developed the app with special agents from HSI’s Cyber Crimes Center (C3) and field offices across the country in order to seek the public’s help with information about child predators wanted for criminal prosecution.
The Operation Predator App enables those who download it to receive alerts about wanted predators, to share the information with friends via email and social media tools, and to provide information to HSI by calling or submitting an online tip. Additionally, the app enables users to view news about arrests and prosecutions of child predators and additional resources about ICE and its global partners in the fight against child exploitation.
Currently, the app can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store or iTunes. ICE is also planning to expand compatibility to other smartphones in the near future.