– SEPTEMBER 2016 –

Get Answers Quickly
From Call Detail Records

CellHawk was originally created out of a desire to help people find their missing loved ones.  It quickly morphed into a full-blown company helping thousands of municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.  No one wants to spend time editing or reformatting spreadsheets, and with CellHawk, you won’t have to.  Simply drag and drop your CDRs into our program and in minutes gain valuable and visual representation of call details.  Produce more leads and solve more crime.  You already know all of this so let’s dive into the newsletter!


CellHawk has been updated with several new and exciting features!  A few of the more significant enhancements are support for mapping of real-time location pings and GPS data lists.  Also check out our Special Offerings!

Support For Real-Time Location Pings – Support has been added to map and analyze real-time pings from cellular carriers.  Pings received via email can be forwarded to CellHawk and will be automatically inserted into your case.

Support For Pen-Link Real-Time Location Ping Export – An export of real-time pings from Pen-Link can also now be uploaded into CellHawk and inserted into your case.

Support for GPS Data Lists – Greater support has been added to map files that contain GPS locations.  This feature can be used for data files obtained from slap-on GPS trackers, Google Location History, or even cell phone forensic files from applications like Cellebrite or Secure View.  Plot your target’s CDR along with the actual location-based device data files, all on the same map!

Special Offerings…

Referral Program: Get a $100 Starbucks gift card for each new customer referral, or a seat in one of our upcoming one-day training classes.

Host a Class: Does your agency have a training room?  If so your agency can host a class and get FREE seats!  For more information email the Hawk Training Team.


CellHawk Right-Click Feature

Several features exist in CellHawk which were designed to make your job much easier.  One such example is the right-click feature.  When working on a mapped record, hover over the target number and right-click.  You will see several options:

The Edit option allows you to make changes to the phone settings such as display, color and filter values.  With display settings you can identify a specific description for the target phone, change the sector antenna radius or switch to edge lines, and adjust the styles (e.g. line opacity, fill opacity and line width).  You can also change the color of all records or change the color based on a date range.  This helps to highlight specific data.

Adding filters is also easy.  You can hide certain records (voice, SMS/MMS, data, other), or show either outgoing, incoming routing or unknown records.  This is helpful if only interested in seeing specific data.

Another great feature to help narrow your search is the date range filter.  You can set the range to tighten in on the specific date and time of the crime, or based on known date and time ranges of interest.

The Reports option produces nicely organized and easy-to-read, graphical reports:  Phone Summary; Record Detail; and, Upload Report.

The Phone Summary Report provides you with phone and upload details, top inbound and outbound calls, and most frequently used cell locations by tower number, and cell locations for the first and last calls each day, providing you with a good indicator where your bad guy lays their head at night.  Nice looking graphical maps are also provided.

The Record Detail Report provides you with phone and upload details, top inbound and outbound calls, and a detailed list of all CDRs.

The Upload Report provides you with a summary of the upload process.  Provided are the file details, cell site details, any time adjustments made by you, a summary of calls with invalid dates and times and with or without locations data, and any warning and/or error information.

If you want to print any of these reports simply right-click again to print.  These reports are great to attach to a crime report, provide to the prosecutor, show your bosses, and display in Court for all to see.  Some of these reports could be many pages long so be forewarned if you print.

The Export option allows you to export the record to either Excel or Google Earth.  Did you receive an AT&T SCAMP record in text and PDF format?  No problem – this feature allows you to transform the CDR into an Excel spreadsheet with ease, giving you even more flexibility.

The Google Earth export option allows you to create a KML file that can be shared with others that don’t have access to CellHawk, providing them with visualization of the CDR.

Watch for our next quarter newsletter for even more “Did you Know?…” tips and tricks.


King Co. Sheriff’s Office
Det. John Pavlovich

We are happy to kick off our Hawk Newsletter with a great Case of the Quartercoming from the King County, Washington Sheriff’s Office.  This case involved a drug deal gone bad, resulting in a robbery/homicide that occurred in SeaTac, a suburb of Seattle.  The crime occurred in March of 2013 and the case agent was Detective John Pavlovich.  The case recently went to trial and the suspect was convicted on all charges.

The case involved the suspect who traveled from California to Seattle to sell Percocet and OxyContin and was introduced to the eventual victim through a mutual acquaintance.  During the negotiations over price, the suspect produced a handgun and shot both the victim and one of the victim’s friends who just happened by after a pick-up basketball game.  The friend was shot in the head and killed and the initial victim, also shot in the head, fortunately survived, but was critically injured.  The mutual acquaintance of the suspect, feeling like he was going to be shot next, ran out the house leaving his cell phone behind on the counter.

A search of the acquaintance’s cell phone revealed two cell phone numbers:  One number he used to coordinate the deal with the California suspect; and, the second number was the suspect’s true private cell phone number used to talk with family and friends.

Right after the shooting, the suspect attempted to find the acquaintance by making three cell phone calls (from what we will call the murder phone) to the acquaintance and then shut that phone down, going back to his family and friends cell phone.  Upon his quick return to California, the suspect got yet another cell phone, which was eventually located when he was arrested in Los Angeles 10 days after the crime.

Detective Pavlovich obtained CDRs for the phone used to set up the deal and eventual murder, the same phone which was subsequently shut down (murder phone), the suspect’s regular cell phone used to talk to family and friends, the suspect’s third cell phone activated after the murder, the mutual acquaintance’s cell phone, and the surviving victim’s cell phone.

Utilizing CellHawk and its powerful cell tower mapping capabilities, Detective Pavlovich was able to reproduce very nice maps for inclusion into a PowerPoint presentation that clearly showed the suspect’s movement to and from Los Angeles and Seattle during the time of the murder.  Detective Pavlovich also showed the cell tower the suspect connected to, which was a mere three blocks from the victim’s residence at the time of the murder.  Detective Pavlovich further utilized the animation feature of CellHawk to create a nice time-lapse video presentation of the progression of all cell phones related to the crime.

Using CellHawk’s Link Analysis feature, Detective Pavlovich produced several link charts showing the commonality between all three suspect cell phones.  The suspect was even stupid enough to use his murder phone to call his brother and wife, as their numbers were common in all three of his cell phones, linking him to the murder phone.  The CellHawk Link Analysis feature also demonstrated the links between the murder phone and the mutual acquaintance.

During the trial, Detective Pavlovich testified to his investigative work and how CellHawk actually worked and helped to produce factual evidence in this case.  After the suspect was found guilty on all charges, the judge commented to the prosecutor and Detective Pavlovich about how the CellHawk presentations were very informative and made it easy to understand the connections between all cell phones in the case.

Detective Pavlovich said, “I was a big believer of CellHawk before this trial, and am even more so now.  It is very easy to understand and use.”

Hawk Analytics congratulates Detective Pavlovich on the inaugural Case of the Quarter and for a job well done.  The Hawk team truly appreciates the value of our software when we learn of these great cases and how CellHawk is instrumental in putting bad guys behind bars.

– 2018 EVENTS –

Come see what’s new and visit with Mike Melson and the Hawk Team!


Cellular Technology,
Mapping & Analysis
CellHawk Product Training

Nov. 2nd~4th, 2016

Lee County Sheriff’s Office
14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy.
Fort Myers, FL 33912


The Story Behind Hawk Analytics

Hawk Analytics president, Mike Melson, worked in the cellular industry as an engineer and was also a volunteer for a large California Sheriff’s department.  Mike and his wife Bridget also founded a non-profit organization to help law enforcement and families of missing persons.  After helping on several missing person cases where Call Detail Records (CDRs) were involved, It quickly became clear to Mike law enforcement needed a better way to decipher and map CDRs.

With his programming and technical background, Mike set out to develop a tool to process CDRs. It had to be simple to use – one with which every investigator could produce results.  It needed to be extremely efficient and one which would ultimately assist in solving more crimes.  It needed to produce useful visual reports investigators or prosecutors could bring into court and admit as evidence in a case.  The software also had to be easy for the lay-person to read and easy for a jury to understand.  As a result, CellHawk was born.

To date, CellHawk has been used to process over 82 million CDRs.  The company continues to hear from many investigators about how CellHawk was instrumental, if not critical, in helping to solve significant cases, including murders, human-trafficking, armed robberies, kidnappings, child exploitation and molestation;  The list goes on.  CellHawk has even helped in many critical missing persons cases. CellHawk has helped to stop the victimization of children and reunite loved ones.

When Mike is not hard at work improving and fine-tuning the many features of CellHawk, he and his wife run the non-profit organization.  This organization assists law enforcement with exigent situations and cell phone location analysis for families of missing persons – all at no cost.  He and the organization are always glad to help out in these situations.  Feel free to refer Hawk services to those agencies working exigent cases.

CellHawk customers are top priority, which is why we ask for your feedback.  Let Hawk know what you think by taking this short survey.  Future customers are also encouraged to take the survey.  No personal information is obtained and your responses are anonymous.

Hawk Analytics would like to personally thank all of our current and future customers for your continued support.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Hawk Team for any of your investigative needs




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