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New smartphone app tracks predators

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 12 2013 05:05:10 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 12 2013 06:24:36 PM CDT

Catching child predators is going hi-tech.

Catching child predators is going hi-tech.

The federal government is hoping a technology upgrade will bring in more tips.

Now the Federal law enforcement is looking to Smartphones.

Thursday it launched it's first ever app. It's called operation predator and it's goal is protect children.

"We're joining the 21st century as most people are and this is the next step for us to communicate with the public," Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Andrew McLees said. "It's the first app in Federal law enforcement that allows us to work with the community."

After logging on a list of child predators wanted by the federal government pops up complete with a detailed description. There are about a dozen on the site right now.

If someone looks familiar you can call or post an anonymous tip right from your iPhone.

"Purpose is to help ID child predators that are walking amongst us and wanted by Homeland Security Investigations," McLees said.

When someone new makes the list an alert is given.

For Mom Gretchen McClain it's a no brainer download.

"We have four kids so we are always watching for people that walk by or are not familiar to us. To me it looks like a great tool," she said.

As of now the app which is free is only available for iPhone but an Android version is expected.