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Law enforcement agencies are hoping a new smartphone app will help them catch more criminals.

It's called Snitch'n, and it's designed to encourage people to give info to police -- leaving those tips anonymously.

"On it pretty much every day," said Gabe Schaapveld, high-risk unit officer with the Sixth Judicial District. 

Schaapveld has been getting online the last couple months to put photos of suspects on your phone.

The Sixth Judicial District High Risk Unit is using an app called Snitch'n to track them down.

They are looking for people on probation or parolees who have warrants.

Schaapveld says it's another tool in helping catch them.

"The tips that come in help our investigation in finding people or add bits and pieces to connect the bigger puzzle -- finding someone or locating where they might be staying," said Schaapveld.

For anyone who has a smart phone it's easy to use. All someone needs to do is to start scrolling through photos of fugitives.

If they see someone they recognize, they submit a tip.

The sixth judicial district has been using this app for a few months now. Schaapveld says they've gotten 20 to 30 tips, but of those tips they've made two to three arrests so far.

Schaapveld says they will probably continue to use the app because they appreciates the help from the community.

"I think the fact that this is anonymous might appeal to a lot of people, as well as the easy accessibility being on a smartphone where you're riding the bus or you have some down time to just flip through," said Schaapveld. 

The Snitch'n app was the brainchild of a Polk County Sheriff's detective.

The cost for law enforcement to use it is $1.99 a month, but right now they are working on a free trial. 

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