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Azle, TX 76020
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Home Page News Flash

Posted on: June 11, 2018

Texas DPS iWatch program accepts tips via website, mobile app

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is calling on Texans to report suspicious activity regarding potential crimes, terrorism or threats to school safety to local authorities or use the TxDPS iWATCHTEXAS website, iWATCHTEXAS app, or call 1-844-643-2251.  The app can be downloaded from the App Store for iPhone users and on Google Play for Android users.

Reporting a threat on the app can take fewer than five minutes, and reports are reviewed by law enforcement analysts after they're submitted, according to DPS. Officials suggest citizens may report suspicious activity like strangers asking questions about building security features and procedures, unusual chemical smells or vehicles left in no-parking zones at important buildings.

“Amid the growing threats to public safety by malicious actors, we want to remind the public that they can be law enforcement’s greatest resource to combat those intent on harming others, including innocent schoolchildren and administrators,” said Steven McCraw, the director of the Department of Public Safety.

The iWATCH website is part of the DPS Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division, which serves as the central clearinghouse for the collection, management, analysis and dissemination of law enforcement and homeland security intelligence in Texas. The DPS intelligence strategy is essential to proactive, preventive and effective law enforcement operations to combat crime and terrorism.

Officials note that all reports are confidential, but these resources are not meant to be used to report emergencies — those seeking immediate help should call 911.
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