Child predators beware, an iPhone app has been designed to catch such offenders and lead the law enforcement officials within 36 hours to the culprit. A year has passed and law enforcement officials are hoping to expand their reach and make the app available on Android and Spanish versions.
The iPhone app which is named Operation Predator was introduced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations for Apple products in September 2013.The project is now being expanded.
Acting ICE Director Thomas Winkowski said in a news release.”This app is one piece of our commitment to ensuring child predators have absolutely nowhere to hide.”
ICE spokesman Daniel Modricker explained how the app worked. Investigators at a tip line center in Williston Vermont receive the tip from around the country. The tips are analyzed in shortest possible time, the bogus ones are pulled out and the genuine ones are then sent to agents working in the field.
Daniel added that the authorities are hoping to reach to as many people as possible by introducing the Android and Spanish language versions to the entire smartphone market.
The app is very effective in catching known offenders and wanted predators. The app allows users to receive alerts about wanted predators.
It also allows users to share information on the e-mail, social media and to pass along tips by filling out an online form or by calling a tip line. It also helps users to get the latest information about child predators and their arrests and prosecution. The Spanish version of the app has been built for the iOS and the Android application and does not require any additional downloads.