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Like a tactic I'm Adam -- -- Los Angeles where news and technology collided we've got a chance the last couple years here at -- taken also at Fox News.
To highlight some of the ways technology in new advancements and technology are helping law enforcement military around the globe.
And now we hear of a new app that's out there it's being developed.
-- has been developed by ice.
And being used by Homeland Security investigations.
To help exploited and sexually -- children and joining us right now is James deacons he has executive -- associate director of Homeland Security investigations he's in our.
Washington DC office to talk about this new -- and James -- -- There's a lot there how can an app help in this situation.
Absolutely adamant we know the power of Smartphones they've really.
Put the power for consumers to actually find the best price on -- items that they're trying to -- do research to make sure that they're getting good value -- that.
People found the product useful and effective what the -- for.
Well what we're trying to do is turn those same Smart phone holders into.
Tools and assists and allow them to assist law enforcement identify and child sex predators or -- child sex predators often today.
Videos and photographs are distributed.
Sexual explicit material -- abuse of children sexually.
And we often don't know -- law enforcement of who those folks are that are doing their views this allows us to send those in broadcast those images out.
And allows social media in the consumer to help us.
Detect and identify those predator so we can actually bring them to justice in some cases actually -- -- from continuing.
Personal we have some photos -- -- of the app that we can show viewers at home -- -- give him an idea what it looks like.
When it's on your Smartphone and what the idea of it -- that we can show those -- gives you.
And -- and press operation predator it he has a very clear.
Interface very clear way of seeing this is being shown an iPhone interface and -- can be used on.
You -- -- -- other phones as well correct I just apple but I -- I assume they have apps for for all the different platforms.
Today we just rolled out -- apple it was our first longer roll -- and we do plan on doing other Smartphones in the near future.
I don't know what -- that I know that there's a way today you can put information out to people to help out some people commit literally monitor what you -- -- putting out there.
I think one question -- you might have is is this a Big Brother situation is it.
You're watching your neighbor taking -- -- -- sending it to you it is is that a concern with.
Don't get me wrong we all want to make sure that sexual predators and and people exploit children are -- -- to -- the highest degree and found as soon as possible however.
Could this potentially be used and and in a bad way.
Yes and there's absolutely nothing we don't keep any of the data.
In a matter of fact when you do you actually.
Send an attempt which you can do on the Smartphone -- -- -- to actually -- -- -- territory for our.
Dirt it has done anonymously so that is not something that we are going to be monitoring looking about we just need to know information to help us identify -- -- the perpetrators actually are.
Right some you know again I guess my question is how would so if somebody home.
Believes there -- neighbor friend or associate -- Whomever it is is abusing are exploiting children they would -- to take a photo and and submit that.
No it's generally speaking what we do is I mean obviously if that they suspect that somebody's been sexually abused.
That would be something that they -- I hope we call the local law enforcement department where.
But if it's something where there's production and you believe that there's materials being produced and distributed on the Internet and once he gets on there -- goes global.
Then that's something that we reviewed put in a tip provide information.
That information be vetted and screened.
-- -- tip line.
Operators before it ever was -- for investigation so felt like something we have to worry about.
People may stand any more so -- Colin 1800 tip line right now are calling 911.
I don't think it's something that we're gonna see -- -- -- -- out it's one that's question we had to get out there -- another question I would have for you is.
There right now in the news media over the course of the fifteen years I've been doing news.
Your department and others like law enforcement agencies like yours they'll put up press releases to us they were looking for this person or -- that person.
With the advantage of social media in the last you know it's advancement of social media really in last 45 years with Twitter and FaceBook.
I know that a lot of agencies have now pushed information to those locations so.
I gave them their information out -- to a wider audience quicker and I had to wait for an newscast story or a judgment of a news person.
Whether or not that is a new story or not.
This I assume this app does the same thing right allows you guys if you have -- -- alert of some sort of you're looking for somebody.
To put that out to people who follow you on your -- Absolutely and just today we actually just pushed out a suspect that were -- -- identifying locating.
And we've had a great success by engaging the public when we have unknown suspects that we don't know who they are where they might be in the United States.
-- -- out to the media.
And getting the help of the private citizens out there we have over 85% rate of actually capturing those subjects usually within hours if not days.
Possible question -- for go James.
You fighter right now on the apple the App Store obviously what's the what's and then -- there is under any particular name -- -- HSI.
It's under operation predator and that's our predator which has resulted in the arrests over for 101000.
Sexual predators over the last ten years.
All right James -- executive assistant director of -- Homeland Security investigations as part of ice we appreciate coming on talking about the app pool actually tried out here.
And we'll update our audiences in the future but good work thanks for coming on and and good luck with.
With the app and hopefully that brings more these people justice faster protects our children.
Very good thank you very much.