Pinal County Sheriff's Office first to offer crime prevention app, ICE Blackbox, in Arizona

SAN TAN VALLEY, ARIZ. - A new app that turns your smartphone into a surveillance camera is going to be offered by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and hopes to decrease law-enforcement response times.

The new app, ICE BlackBox, allows users to report crimes as they're happening, record photos and videos, and your phone's precise GPS location, according to the website.

The app is designed to decrease law enforcement response time and increase the amount of information a deputy can obtain before reaching a scene.

The app was created when the National Neighborhood Watch partnered with the company, ICE BlackBox.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office was chosen by the National Sheriffs' Association to unveil ICE BlackBox, which is meant to provide a safer community and gives deputies more information that is needed to bring criminals to justice, said Tim Gaffney, PCSO spokesman.

The app will also allow law enforcement to be dispatched to your location while you are still explaining the emergency to the 9-1-1 operator.

"ICE" stands for "in case of emergency" and "BlackBox" refers to a black box in an airplane, which captures evidence that cannot be destroyed.

The information submitted it quickly uploaded to a server and cannot be deleted, according to the website.

Users can sign up and set up a free Neighborhood Watch Portal at www.iceblackbox.com.

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