Updated app aims to combat domestic terrorism

What the app looks like in the App Store (WSET)

ORLANDO, Fla. (WSET) - The National Sheriffs' Association announced the release of their updated ICE BlackBox app.

They say the new update includes an anti-terrorism feature.

The NSA is committed to making to communities safer across the country.

Bedford County's Sheriff Mike Brown, a member of the Association's Executive Board of Directors, is encouraging all citizens to take advantage of the app.

“America’s sheriffs understand the value of our citizens and the role they play in helping keep our communities safe”, said Jonathan Thompson, Executive Director and CEO of the National Sheriffs’ Association. “Combating the current threat of domestic terrorism from homegrown extremists requires that law enforcement be trained and equipped to deal with this threat.”

The app was released in 2013 as a tool to fight crime.

Officials say the anti-terrorism was added after the shooting in San Bernardino, California.

The feature was developed in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security and National Fusion Center Association.

Officials say the app is not a substitute for calling 911 in emergencies.

“As the terrorism threat changes, focusing more on inspiring and directing violence through radical ideology, we must prepare our law enforcement and communities, keeping them safe, and NSAs App has been developed for just this purpose”, said Thompson.

The app can be downloaded on Google Play and iTunes by searching ICE BlackBox.

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