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06/02/2014

ICE receives 'Best App' honorable mention in PR News' Social Media Icon Awards

Cori W. Bassett displays the Operation Predator smartphone app and Best App honorable mention plaque at the PR News' Social Media Icon Awards June 2 in New York City.
Kevin Downey shows off the Operation Predator smartphone app at the PR News' Social Media Icon Awards June 2 in New York City
Operation Predator App
1st Photo: Cori W. Bassett displays the Operation Predator smartphone app and Best App honorable mention plaque at the PR News' Social Media Icon Awards June 2 in New York City. 2ndPhoto: Kevin Downey shows off the Operation Predator smartphone app at the PR News' Social Media Icon Awards June 2 in New York City.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) "Operation Predator" smartphone app received honorable mention for "Best App" in the PR News' 2014 Social Media Icon Awards June 2 in New York City.

The app, designed to seek the public's help with locating suspected child predators, was one of eight finalists vying for the award.

This first of its kind smart phone app was designed and developed by ICE Web Content Manager Kevin Downey, under the supervision and direction of ICE Strategic Communication Director Cori W. Bassett.

"This was a total team effort and it took the collective talents of the agency to make this happen," Downey said. "The goal is to take fugitive child predators off the streets, and this app represents a collaboration between the government and the American people to make that happen."

The Operation Predator app – currently compatible with Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch – lets users receive alerts about known fugitive and unknown suspect child predators, share the information with friends via email and social media tools and provide information to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) by calling or submitting an online tip.

Additional features of the app include news about arrests and prosecutions of child predators, and resources for the public from ICE and its global partners in the fight against child exploitation.

Download the app through Apple's App Store or iTunes. Users with the app already installed can check the App Store's updates list for the newest version. An Android version of the app is planned for the near future.

For information on Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, or to report suspected child predators, visit www.ice.gov.