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Want to help catch a predator? There's an app for that

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There's a new way to help catch a predator and you can do it all using your iPhone.

The app known as Operation Predator launched Thursday and once you download it, you can view wanted child predators on your smartphone.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations Department launched the iPhone app to help track down wanted child predators.

The app shows suspects wanted in child sex abuse cases, who officials need help identifying.

It also shows a list of suspects who have warrants out for their arrests related to child sex abuse.

The hope is that providing this information to the public will generate tips and that can lead them to an arrest.

"We know that the people that are committing crimes are using technology and constantly evolving. So we as law enforcement have to be able to evolve and keep up with them," said Josh Findley, with Homeland Security Investigations.

The app also allows users to contact Homeland Security by sending an email or calling them directly.

The latest news releases are also updated on the app for users to access.

The app is free on iTunes and officials are working on a version for Android phones.

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