BETHESDA- Police Chief Jeremy Campbell recently announced the donation of a high-tech data transfer device to the Sexual Predator Internet Initiative (SPII) Task Force by communications corporation AT&T. The device is used by AT&T stores to transfer contacts and other data from old cell phones to new phones, but law enforcement agencies and forensic labs download the cell information to storage media during investigations.
SPII personnel began using the device immediately and say it is "the overall best" unit and software that they employ. This particular version is able to extract more types of information from cell phones and smart phones than some of their other equipment, allowing them to expedite evidence gathering.
Chief Campbell notes that there has been a major increase in cell phone use by predators and other offenders, and in its first few weeks the unit has cut down the backlog of extractions and has aided SPII investigations as well as criminal investigations for neighboring law enforcement organizations.
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New equipment from AT&T allows the SPII Task Force to download more information faster from confiscated cell phones, expediting investigations.
"We are dedicated to strengthening our communities," says B.J. Smith, AT&T Ohio director of External Affairs. "In this instance a piece of equipment that we no longer need can help keep young people in southeastern Ohio safe.
"We are so pleased to be able to assist the Task Force in their important work."
State Senator Lou Gentile also thanked AT&T for their support. "Our public safety forces not only fight crime, but also must understand and examine the high-tech tools that can be turned into instruments of those crimes. AT&T's willingness to provide this assistance to the SPII Task Force is exactly the kind of local involvement and investment that we hope for from our corporate neighbors."
"It's hard to come by donations sometimes in this line of work," Campbell adds. "This was very gracious of AT&T." The equipment donation has saved SPII several thousand dollars.
The SPII Task Force targets internet crimes against children in Ohio, focusing on Belmont, Jefferson, Monroe and Noble Counties. SPII has two full-time and six part-time investigators who identify and investigate suspected IP addresses that may be involved in the creation, sale or distribution of child pornography or in child abductions.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile internet, AT&T also offers the most wireless phones that work in the most countries, and its IP-based business communications services are some of the most advanced in the world. Valenti can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.