The Harris County Sheriff is crediting a new mobile device application for assisting with crime. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, “…[the] smart phone app, has collected 1,000 non-emergency crime tips from the public and led to arrests for illegal drug possession and distribution, illegal firearms possession and other crimes in its first year.”

Sheriff Garcia made the announcement about the success of the new app last week at a Harris County apartment complex where suspects who were the target of an anonymous tip made through the mobile application were apprehended, charges of drug and gun possession. There was also a three-month-old child at the residence who was was placed in Children’s Protective Services custody.

“Through strategic partnerships with community leaders and businesses, the HCSO is encouraging every citizen within Harris County and beyond to download and use the mobile device application to report suspicious activity. Almost 9,000 people have already downloaded the app,” reported the HCSO.

The app allows anyone to anonymously report suspicious or criminal activity they witness, The app, which is free is easily available for downloaded to any smart phone,iPhone, Android or Blackberry through the application market. Potential app users can text 469-759-0998 to receive a download code, or visit the  “iwatch Harris County” website.

“If we are going to be the leading law enforcement agency in the country, we have to be using technology of the 21st century,’’ Sheriff Garcia said. “People are no longer communicating through phone calls; we are communicating through text messages.”

Sheriff Garcia is hoping that Harris County residents will take full advantage of the app in an effort to keep Harris County communities safe: “I encourage every citizen who sees something to say something and text something to I-Watch Harris County,” the sheriff said. “Let the brave men and women of the HCSO take your tips and turn them into arrests so that we can keep our neighborhoods safe.”

Cicely C. Mitchell- CBS Radio Houston


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