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June 11, 2018
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GUILLEN SUPPORTS NEW STATEWIDE SAFETY APP

Hopeful New DPS App iWatchTexas Will Improve Public Safety

Austin - Following the announcement of the release of the iWatch Texas crime reporting app, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) announced his support for the innovative approach to community safety. 

"In a world where kids who can barely walk can use smart phones and tablets, it's essential that we make the most of the technology available at our fingertips when addressing our most preeminent societal challenges," said Guillen. "This program allows Texans to look out for one another, which is an instinct that I think is in our blood."

The Texas Department of Public Safety released a new app named iWatchTexas that asks Texans to report any suspicious activity. The app is designed so Texans can make anonymous reports of suspicious activities, which are compiled into an online database. Investigators use the database to cross reference the reports with other submissions and take the necessary legal actions. Texas DPS asks Texans to trust their instincts and report anything that may seem out of place. The app is a part of the Texas Suspicious Activity Reporting Network and aims to serve as a partnership between communities and law enforcement agencies. Already, the reporting network helped catch a teenager planning a mass school shooting after another student submitted an anonymous tip. Representative Guillen hopes Texans will do their part in making the state safer.

"If you see anything out of the ordinary, anything, report it," Guillen said. "If you can save one persons life, then its worth it."

The app, iWatchTexas, can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Users can easily submit a tip using the Create Report section. Reports can also be made over the phone at (844) 643-2251. However, Texas DPS stresses that if you have an emergency, you should dial 911 instead of using the app to report it.

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen

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