ICE Launches Smartphone App to Locate Child Predators, Rescue Children


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) launched a new smartphone app on September 12, 2013. The free Operation Predator app was designed to seek the public’s help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators and to help identify and rescue victims.

The app, the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement, 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. All tips can be reported anonymously through the app, by phone or online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Currently, the Operation Predator app can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store or iTunes at this link: ICE is also planning to expand compatibility to other smartphones in the near future.

At the very top of the “Alert” tab is a “John Doe” wanted for questioning related to production of child pornography. In addition to profiling John Doe cases like this, the new smartphone app contains photos and information about known fugitives with active warrants in HSI criminal cases involving sexually abused and exploited children. HSI is requesting that anyone with information about John Doe or the other fugitives profiled contact the agency in one of two ways: all the ICE Tip Line, which is staffed 24-hours a day: (866) 347-2423 from the U.S. & Canada or (802) 872-6199 from anywhere in the world, or complete an online tip form at Individuals should not attempt to apprehend the suspect personally.

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.




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