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June 8, 2018
Media and Communications Office
DPS Launches iWatchTexas Mobile App
– The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced the launch of the
new iWatchTexas mobile application (app), which the public can use to
report suspicious activities or behaviors that
may indicate ongoing or future criminal or terrorist activity. The iWatch
Texas program was created as a partnership between communities and law
enforcement, and utilizes citizen-sourced tips related to criminal activity.
DPS developed the new iWatchTexas mobile app at the direction of
Governor Greg Abbott to make it easier for the public to report suspicious
activity in Texas, including criminal, terroristic or school safety-related
“The new iWatchTexas mobile app is one of
several solutions that Texas is implementing immediately to identify and report
those who may pose a threat to our schools and to our communities,” said
Governor Abbott. “Our law enforcement officers often rely on vigilant Texans to
help keep communities safe, and this new tool will give everyone the ability to
quickly and easily communicate with authorities and help prevent future
The app is now available for iPhone users on the
Apple App Store (iWatchTexas) and for Android users on Google Play (iWatchTexas).
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 DPS Director Steven McCraw. “By launching this new mobile
app at the direction of Gov. Abbott, we are providing an additional and easy
way for the public to report any illegal or suspicious behavior, which may
ultimately help save lives.”
public can report suspicious behaviors through the iWatch Texas program
via the new mobile app, online at www.iwatchtx.org or by calling
1-844-643-2251. A report usually takes fewer than five minutes to complete, and
once submitted, each report is reviewed by law enforcement analysts. All
reports are confidential (providing
contact information, which is optional, will allow for follow-up questions).
Preparations for crime,
terrorist attacks and threats to school safety may often be seen but not
reported. When in doubt, speak up. Here are some examples of behaviors and
activities to report:
- Comments made regarding
killing or harming someone.
- Strangers asking
questions about building security features and procedures.
- Briefcase, suitcase,
backpack or package is left behind.
- Cars or trucks are left
in no-parking zones at important buildings.
- Chemical smells or fumes
that are unusual for the location.
- People requesting
sensitive information, such as blueprints, security plans or VIP travel
schedules, without a need to know.
- Purchasing supplies that
could be used to make bombs or weapons, or purchasing uniforms without
having the proper credentials.
- Taking photographs or
videos of security features, such as cameras or checkpoints.
Note: The iWatch Texas program is not designed to report emergencies. If a
situation requires an emergency response, call 911. As a reminder,
false reporting to a law enforcement agency is a violation of state law.
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