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The logo of mobile app 'Waze' is displayed on a tablet on January 2, 2014 in Paris. Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google to shut down a police-reporting feature on a popular smartphone traffic app.

The sheriffs say the real-time tracking puts police officers’ lives in danger.

The Waze app is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. It has 50 million users in 200 countries. There are no known connections between an attack on police officers and the Waze app, but some sheriffs are concerned that it’s only a matter of time.

They are looking for support among other law enforcement associations to pressure the multibillion-dollar Internet company to disable the police-reporting function. Once again, it seems Google is at the center of an ongoing global debate about public safety, consumer rights and privacy.

Google is declining comment.