Growing up in London, I regularly watched a TV show produced by the BBC called “Crimewatch.” The show reconstructed major unsolved crimes and broadcasted them to the wider public with the hope of motivating viewers to come forward with any information that might assist in solving a particular case. Another popular show I used to watch was called “Road Wars,” a reality TV program that followed police officers around the UK, documenting their daily challenge of catching criminals.

Watching these shows eventually made me realize that I also wanted to do something that would make a difference in the lives of victims of unresolved criminal investigations.

(From left to right: Joanna Shemesh – Content Manager, John Walsh, and Karolina Marom – Video Manager)

In the US, similar shows were being aired during this time. One of them, “America’s Most Wanted,” was the number-one, primetime TV show on FOX for 25 years. John Walsh, the founder and host of the popular TV show, helped law enforcement capture 1,200 of the world’s most wanted fugitives in 45 countries. He also reunited 61 missing children, who had been abducted by strangers, with their families, and caught 17 of the FBI’s most wanted criminals*.  His efforts and successes have led to changes in legislation to protect the rights of victims of many different crime types.

John Walsh Speaks at Cellebrite’s TechDay

Earlier this year, John Walsh was the guest of honor at Cellebrite’s annual TechDay, where he spoke and met with the people who are on the frontlines of today’s Digital Intelligence technology. Everyone in attendance was eager to hear about the impact they were having on hard-to-solve cases and the lives being saved.

“Your work saves lives and connects broken families,” Walsh told the hundreds of Cellebrite employees who attended the event.

The audience was moved to tears when Walsh told the story of how his six-year-old son, Adam, was kidnapped and murdered by convicted serial killer, Ottis Toole, in 1981. Following this tragedy, Walsh and his wife, Reve, established the very first National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Since then, the organization has continued to help law enforcement in the U.S. save missing and exploited children.

John Walsh also took some time to speak to Mark Gambill, Cellebrite’s CMO. Check out the video below:

When NCMEC reviewed the number of recoveries in the US between 2014-2018, they reported that more than 2,500 children were found after being reported missing for 1-5 years.

Recent Child Exploitation Investigations Using Cellebrite Solutions

In a recent case in the Netherlands, Cellebrite Digital Intelligence solutions were used to extract digital evidence from a cell phone, which saved an underage girl from being exploited and groomed for prostitution by an adult male. Suspicious parents alerted WATCH Netherlands (an organization committed to fighting sexual abuse of minors) to investigate. Ultimately, they were able to protect their daughter. You can read the full story here.

In another case, this time in South Wales, digital evidence was also crucial in preventing a man’s attempt to exploit a 7-year-old girl. The analysis of the communications between a woman and a third-party male showed that he had offered payment in exchange for sexual activity with her 7-year-old daughter. Get the case study here.

Cellebrite Partners for a Safer World

In the spirit of true partnership with all law enforcement and organizations such as NCMEC, Cellebrite directly responds to unique investigations that require special attention from digital forensics experts located at Cellebrite labs around the world.

I am proud to say that, “Digital Intelligence for a Safer World,” is not just our tagline, it’s who we are and what we do. And hearing John Walsh support our mission really put what we do into perspective.

“I don’t just have an ‘average’ job, but a job that makes a difference.” – John Walsh

At Cellebrite, we provide digital intelligence solutions to the good guys—those in law enforcement who work tirelessly to catch and prosecute criminals, keep our communities safe and help all of us build a safer world.

For more information on how to become a partner, please visit our partner page.

*Source: https://commercemagnj.com/john-walsh-hunting-fugitives-using-the-power-of-television/

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