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JSO unveils new crime-fighting tool to prevent terrorist attacks

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Updated: 5/16/2013 7:08 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sheriff John Rutherford announced a new crime-fighting tool to prevent terrorist activities.

The Main Street Bridge is an iconic beauty in downtown Jacksonville. Sheriff John Rutherford recalls at one time it was also the target of suspicious activity.

But thanks to an observant onlooker, law enforcement investigated the tip and deemed there was no threat.

That's the goal behind iWatch. A way for citizens to report suspicious activity online and on the go as they see it happening.

It funnels tips into one center as the cross county crime reporting allows agencies to share intel and connect the dots.

"Sending that information out to all 13 county sheriff's offices so that they're aware and can be looking into those things as well," said Rutherford.

With the Boston bombings still on the minds of citizens and law enforcement, Rutherford says this is a neighborhood watch for the entire region.

"We don't want to be the best first responder, we want to prevent that before it occurs," said Rutherford. "And that is what iWatch is about. It's about stopping a terrorist act before it occurs."

iWatch lists activities and different types of stores to show you what to specifically look out for. It states important places to watch are government buildings, religious facilities, amusement parks, and sports/entertainment venues.

The site does require the tipster to leave a name and contact information.

The online program is paid for by a $150 thousand statewide law enforcement grant.

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