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New Smartphone App Lets Public Identify Wanted Predators

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The Department of Homeland Security takes child predator cases very seriously and now they're calling on the public to help find those predators.

A new app for Apple products (and soon to be Android, too) was released on the market Thursday. It's called Operation Predator and it's essentially a database of wanted child predators around the country. They are mostly wanted for crimes related to child pornography. 

On the easy to use application, you'll find a list of them along with descriptions of the crimes and some John Doe's. The goal is to get the public involved in tracking down the criminals anywhere in the world.

"A person can have it with them at any time, get push notifications through the application and find out when a new person is added to the list of wanted people," said Special Agent Darren Pitt.

There are no wanted suspects on the app from the Tri-Cities area right now. There is a place for anonymous tips both by calling a number or through the app.

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