ICE launches smartphone app to locate predators and rescue children

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is launching a new smartphone app designed to seek the public’s help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators.

This new “Operation Predator” app will be used to profile John Doe cases, and it also contains information about known fugitives in HSI criminal cases involving sexually abused and exploited children.  Developed with assistance from HSI’s Cyber Crime Center, the Operation Predator app  enables those who download it to 1) receive alerts about wanted predators, 2)  share the information with friends via email and social media tools, and 3) provide information to HSI by calling or submitting an online tip.  Through the app, users can also view news about arrests and prosecutions of offenders worldwide.

Currently, the app can be downloaded only from Apple’s App Store or iTunes. ICE is planning to expand compatibility to other smartphones in the near future.  If you are able, you can download the Operation Predator app at http://bit.ly/1eixbIM.  HSI also recommends that, regardless of whether or not you can download the new app, you can report tips by calling the ICE Tip Line at (866) 347-2423 or by completing an online tip form at www.ice.gov/tips/.  Furthermore, suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children‘s toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.

 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security and a 21st century law enforcement agency with broad responsibilities for a number of key homeland security priorities.

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