MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) launched a new smartphone app Thursday.
FIRST OF ITS KIND
It's 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.
“When children are being sexually abused and exploited, it’s a race against the clock to rescue the child and bring the predator to justice,” said ICE Acting Director John Sandweg.
APP HAS PHOTOS OF FUGITIVES
The new smartphone app contains photos and information about known fugitives in HSI criminal cases involving sexually abused and exploited children.
“We recognize that people receive a great deal of information on their mobile devices and we are hopeful that this app will encourage them to submit tips about suspects and to learn more about our work investigating child exploitation crimes,” said ICE Director of Public Affairs Brian Hale.
YOU CAN HELP
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.
LEAVE AN ANONYMOUS TIP
All tips can be reported anonymously through the app, by phone or online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Call the ICE Tip Line: (866) 347-2423 from the U.S. & Canada or (802) 872-6199 from anywhere in the world, or complete an online tip form at www.ice.gov/tips/.
Individuals should not attempt to apprehend the suspect personally.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.
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