Pinal Co. Sheriff first in AZ to offer new phone app

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  A new app changes smart phones into a handheld surveillance camera and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office is the first in Arizona to offer it, said PCSO officials.  Thanks to a partnership with a company called 'ICE BlackBox', this app is designed to decrease law enforcement response time, and increase the amount of information a deputy can obtain before reaching a scene, said officials.  This new app will become the eyes and ears on the street.  

"We designed this application to be easy to use and truly make a difference in self-defense as well and community defense," said Ed Horcasitas, ICE BlackBox CEO and founder.  

This new app will send recordings and location information to a person's emergency contacts at the touch of a button, according to the release a new update will also allow users to alert law enforcement and neighborhood watch captains at the same time as they click 'Dial 911'.  This update will allow a deputy to be dispatched to the scene while the caller is still talking with the 911 operator. 

According to ICE BlackBox - "The app communicates with the ICE BlackBox Portal.  The portal includes a map of a designated area, and its purpose is to help local law enforcement and community watch groups view all recordings within that chosen area. When an individual opens the ICE BlackBox app on his/her phone and records and emergency incident, an icon is tagged on the portal map to indicate the incident location. After the icon appears on the portal, law enforcement or neighborhood watch captains can click on the portal icon to view the incident recording. They can then determine the gravity of the incident, and if necessary, send a deputy to the location within seconds." 

“The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is proud to have been chosen by the National Sheriffs' Association to unveil this new technology aimed at keeping communities safer and providing deputies who are responding to calls with additional information needed to ensure those responsible for crimes are brought to justice," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. "Initially we are trying this new technology with select block watch groups but in time it will be available to all residents in Pinal County who choose to download the app.”

Pinal County residents interested in signing up go online to

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