A growing number of child-abuse investigators are suffering from trauma caused by viewing thousands of shocking images to build cases. Here’s how new technology is helping them to cope.

Children, arguably mankind’s greatest hope in building a safer world, are being violated in ways that those outside of law enforcement can’t begin to imagine. Those who dedicate their careers to investigating these crimes know the statistics all too well:
 
  • Over 8-million reports of children suspected of being exploited worldwide in 2016 alone. 
  • Approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before they’re 18. 
Professionals who deal with these crimes every day are doing some of the most valuable work on the planet, but these unsung heroes are paying a high psychological price due to the overwhelming number of images and videos that must be reviewed for each case.
 
– See how the partnership between Cellebrite, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Project VIC is changing the way digital intelligence is used to solve cases involving crimes against children. Watch Webinar: “Accessing Key Digital Evidence to Fight Crimes Against Children” –
 
In 2015, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that analysts investigating crimes against children viewed some 26-million images and videos of sexual abuse. 
 
Given the sheer volume of images and videos that must be reviewed, it comes as no surprise that 36% of law enforcement investigators report experiencing moderate to high levels of secondary trauma due to constant exposure to these disturbing images.
 
To help reduce this trauma, Cellebrite, the worldwide leader in digital forensic solutions, has developed technology that can help to extract, filter and interpret this data with less need for manual human engagement. 
 
Cellebrite Pathfinder can detect and analyze digital media evidence using advanced AI and a series of machine learning algorithms, thus reducing the time investigators need to spend reviewing images and videos. 
 
These algorithms can automatically identify and categorize known and unknown images, text and video clips, which can improve the efficiency and speed of investigations. 
 
By reducing the need for manual analysis of large volumes of media, this technology can also reduce the psychological stress placed upon those who must review sensitive materials.
 

Features of the Cellebrite Pathfinder:

  1. Automated image matching and categorization
  2. Facial recognition and matching
  3. Computer data ingestion
  4. Integration with external data sources
  5. Provides a holistic view of the accumulated evidence
  6. Ability to collaborate with other investigators
Watch the video for more information on Cellebrite Pathfinder.
 
Complementing these capabilities are special UFED Cloud Analyzer tools that can pull public and private data as well as crawl the web. Here is a step by step guide how the Cellebrite UFED Cloud’s Web Capture feature works.
 
This can be highly useful to investigators as analytics team members can then run their analysis to reveal critical connections between images and victims, again saving time and reducing the psychological stress on those who must review these sensitive materials.
 
So, while no software can completely eliminate the need for evidentiary reviews, Cellebrite’s digital intelligence solutions can reduce the time needed for investigations and greatly reduce the number of images and videos that must be reviewed to reduce stress on child-abuse investigators.
 
See how Cellebrite Digital Intelligence helps solve crimes against children
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