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Lima Police Department getting new technology to help with investigations

Lima City Council just approved the purchase of “CellHawk”. It is a web-based program that will assist with logging and Read More…

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Lima City Council just approved the purchase of “CellHawk”. It is a web-based program that will assist with logging and tracking data from cell phones, computers, and other devices. It will also help with mapping various information in an investigation as the case is advanced.

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Crime Stoppers tracking software funding assists victims of crime

Grimes County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Todd Greene and Sheriff Don Sowell accept a check for $5,000 from Grimes County Read More…

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Grimes County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Todd Greene and Sheriff Don Sowell accept a check for $5,000 from Grimes County Crime Stoppers president Bob Goldstein to assist with funding of software from [Cell]Hawk Analytics. The software plots the location of a cellphone and once the data is obtained from the cellphone subscriber, it allows law enforcement the ability to place the suspect in the vicinity of the crime and/or suspect in the vicinity of the victim, depending on the crime. Previously, it took weeks or months to obtain the data from cellphone providers.

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Court documents: Teens forced to kneel execution style before shootings

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Two teens were forced to kneel on the ground execution-style before they were shot point-blank, according to newly-released court documents detailing the grisly double-slaying.

The papers detail the harrowing final moments before a 15-year-old and 16-year-old were killed.

The bodies of Derek Greer and Natalie Cano-Partida were left along Old Pueblo Road during the March shootings. According to court papers obtained by 11 News, the two Coronado High School students had been shot several times. Shell casings littered the scene.

Over the following weeks, 10 people would be arrested in connection to the shootings.

Read More from KKTV News 11 Here

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Remembering Thanksgiving Day 2018: Family Experiences Thanksgiving Day Miracle Thanks to Hawk Analytics

With Hawk Analytics support, San Mateo County investigators were able to locate a 70-year-old man trapped in his vehicle after Read More…

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With Hawk Analytics support, San Mateo County investigators were able to locate a 70-year-old man trapped in his vehicle after a terrible accident in the mountains.

 

(Bartonville, TX)—On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, around 5 pm, a 70-year-old man left his home in Cupertino, CA for a drive to the mountains looking for a place to go on a walk, which was quite common for him. Two hours after leaving his home, he called his family and told them that he was lost somewhere in Woodside, CA. After not hearing from him again and repeated calls to his cell phone going to his voicemail, the family used the “Find My iPhone” app which showed geo-locations in two separate areas in Woodside, CA. The family drove to those locations but did not find their loved one. Fearing the worst, at 9:45 pm, the family contacted the San Mateo County (CA) Sheriff’s Office to report him missing and seek law enforcement’s help.

The San Mateo County 9-1-1 communications center began pinging the man’s cell phone through Verizon Wireless trying to determine his exact whereabouts. Investigators also attempted to use the “Find my iPhone” app, which showed the same geo-locations the family had previously viewed. However, the locations were not changing, leading investigators to believe he may have been involved in a traffic accident or something worse. The continuous pings from Verizon also showed consistent geo-locations throughout the night, and they too were not moving. Patrol deputies, with the assistance of their fixed-wing aircraft, searched throughout the night into the early morning hours using the pings and apps but were unable to locate the missing man.

The next morning on November 22nd (Thanksgiving Day), investigators reached out to the exigent support department at Hawk Analytics, a software company specializing in analyzing and mapping cell service provider call detail records (CDR) involving investigations such as critical missing persons cases or violent crimes. A critical response team from Hawk Analytics was immediately activated to analyze these records to see if a specific search area could be identified. The Investigators, along with the Hawk team, knew the clock was ticking and if a traffic accident did occur, the missing man could still be alive.

Exigent requests were made to the man’s cell phone provider who promptly provided CDRs and specialized location records. These records contained historical cell activity such as phone calls, text messages, and data connection usage events. These records provide details such as which cell towers and sectors (antennas) were being used with a date and time stamp. The specialized location records, known as RTT, contained even more detailed information such as distance from the tower and an estimated location of the handset.

By analyzing the records in CellHawk, Hawk Analytics’ CDR Mapping software…

Read more about this case HERE

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Hawk Partner Highlight – KlaasKids

Hawk Analytics was founded over a decade ago by Mike Melson and his wife, Dr. Bridget Melson who are passionate about helping families find their missing loved ones. Furthering Hawk Analytics commitment to this cause we are proud to announce our partnership with the Klaas Kids Foundation.

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Hawk Analytics was founded over a decade ago by Mike Melson and his wife, Dr. Bridget Melson, who are passionate about helping families find their missing loved ones. In furthering our commitment to this cause, we are proud to highlight our partnership with the KlaasKids Foundation. The KlaasKids Foundation was established in 1994 in honor of Polly Klaas, a twelve year old who was kidnapped and murdered. Her father, Marc Klaas, established the foundation to help give meaning to his daughter’s death.

In a letter from Marc written to our founder, Mike, Marc describes how this “unique collaboration further demonstrates that, by linking arms and pursuing common goals, we can achieve results that are beyond our individual capabilities.”  You can read the letter in its entirety below.

We are proud to continue to help bring closure to missing persons cases through strategic partnerships with partners such as KlassKids. To learn more about the KlaasKids Foundation, please click HERE.

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Lost Hiker Rescued Alive by Emergency Cell Phone Record Analysis

Tuolumne County, CA – March 26, 2020 started out as a beautiful day in Tuolumne County California, filled with blue skies and an unusual tranquility due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Throughout the state residents struggled to find activities to occupy their time as California issued a “stay-at-home” order.

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For Immediate Release 4/30/2020

Contact:

Nicole Poser  –Dir of Business Operations

Hawk Analytics, Inc.

469-373-4295

info@hawkanalytics.com

www.hawkanalytics.com

Tuolumne County, CA – March 26, 2020 started out as a beautiful day in Tuolumne County California, filled with blue skies and an unusual tranquility due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Throughout the state residents struggled to find activities to occupy their time as California issued a “stay-at-home” order.  A day hike in the Red Hills Recreational Area at the foothills of the Stanislaus National Forest seemed to be a good idea for getting out while practicing social distancing, but the trip had unintended consequences for one female hiker.

After hiking for almost 6 hours, while trying to return to the trailhead, a woman suddenly found herself lost.  She followed several paths that looked familiar but she ended up going in circles, ultimately ending up even more lost.  As night was falling, and her cell phone battery was dying, she placed a call to a family member to report she was lost in the Red Hills area.  Soon after that, her phone went dead.

Family members called the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) who started “pinging” her cell phone.  They dispatched patrol deputies and a California Highway Patrol airship to the area.  TCSO Search & Rescue (SAR) was activated to assist in the search.  It was now dark and the pings were not providing much information, due to the fact that her cell phone was dead.   The phones last location reported showed she was about three miles outside of the Red Hills Recreational Area.

Due to weather conditions, the terrain, and the lack of daylight, the Incident Commander on scene made the decision to suspend operations and wait for first light to resume the ground and air search.  In the meantime, a high-tech investigator from TCSO was asked to assist with reviewing the Call Detail Records (CDRs) related to the woman’s cell phone.  Verizon Wireless provided the CDRs along with specialized location records.

That night and into the early morning hours of March 27th, the investigator examined the records.  At 1:50am PST, he reached out to the Hawk Analytics Emergency Response Team, a 24/7 exigent support team specializing in examining and mapping cell phone records.  Within minutes of reviewing the records, several areas of interest (GPS coordinates) were identified by the Hawk Analytics team as good areas in which to focus search efforts, assuming the hiker would stay put during the night and not change her location or try to hike out of the area.

Search Areas Identified By Hawk Analytics

Since Hawk Analytics inception in 2013, any law enforcement agency handling an emergency that involves cell phone data analysis or mapping is welcome to use CellHawk for free. CellHawk is a secure, web-based software that combines cellular engineering experience with a clear understanding of investigators’ needs that is used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country.

At first light, the TCSO Incident Commander dispatched several TCSO SAR teams to those geo-locations and the first SAR team found the hiker alive.

 

“This [rescue] could not have happened without your assistance.  The … family and our office are truly grateful for Hawk Analytics, the wonderful team you guys have and all the assistance you provide!  THANK YOU!”

 -Detective Lee, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office

 

This incident is a great example of how cell phone records can assist in finding missing persons and the help that Hawk Analytics can provide to first responders.  This was a remarkable outcome and one that the hiker will remember for some time.

 

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Hawk Analytics, Inc. is Hiring Software Architect

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Don’t miss this chance to work with an awesome team, and join the thought leaders in cellular technology mapping, and analysis.

About:  Hawk Analytics is a hi-tech software startup that specializes in big data analysis and geographic mapping solutions. The company’s Software-As-A-Service product – CellHawk – is used by local, state & federal law enforcement agencies to analyze data during investigations. The product has a proven track record of helping agencies save time and solve more crimes. More information about the company can be found at www.hawkanalytics.com.  

Position Summary: Hawk Analytics is looking engineering talent to test & support our world-class SaaS applications. This is a hands-on position that will be responsible for designing & delivering solutions to complex big-data & GIS problems using the latest technologies. 

Position Location: Dallas/Fort Worth area 

Skill Set Preferred:  

  • Position may involve working with sensitive data. Candidate must have excellent moral character and be able to pass a background check 
  • Excellent Java skills 
  • Excellent Javascript/HTML5 skills 
  • Experience developing web-based applications (e.g. REST APIs, Single-Page Apps, SSO) 
  • Strong software engineering process fundamentals (e.g. Agile/Scrum, testing levels & methodologies, use of bug-tracking tools, git, etc.) 
  • A track record of delivering successful software
  • Strong appreciation of the importance of usability in the user interface 
  • Fanatical pursuit of quality in the work you deliver 
  • An interest in GIS (graphical information systems) & mapping 
  • An interest in criminal justice 
  • B.S. / M.S. Computer Science (or similar) 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in all situations with great interpersonal skills 

Interested candidates please send resume to Nicole Poser, Senior Director of Business Operations nicole@hawkanalytics.com.

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Hawk Partner Highlight – KlaasKids

Hawk Analytics was founded over a decade ago by Mike Melson and his wife, Dr. Bridget Melson who are passionate about helping families find their missing loved ones. Furthering Hawk Analytics commitment to this cause we are proud to announce our partnership with the Klaas Kids Foundation.

Read More...

Hawk Analytics was founded over a decade ago by Mike Melson and his wife, Dr. Bridget Melson, who are passionate about helping families find their missing loved ones. In furthering our commitment to this cause, we are proud to highlight our partnership with the KlaasKids Foundation. The KlaasKids Foundation was established in 1994 in honor of Polly Klaas, a twelve year old who was kidnapped and murdered. Her father, Marc Klaas, established the foundation to help give meaning to his daughter’s death.

In a letter from Marc written to our founder, Mike, Marc describes how this “unique collaboration further demonstrates that, by linking arms and pursuing common goals, we can achieve results that are beyond our individual capabilities.”  You can read the letter in its entirety below.

We are proud to continue to help bring closure to missing persons cases through strategic partnerships with partners such as KlassKids. To learn more about the KlaasKids Foundation, please click HERE.

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Hawk Analytics, Inc. is Hiring Senior Sales Representatives

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Hawk Analytics is currently hiring Inside Sales Reps! Don’t miss this chance to work with an awesome team, and join the thought leaders in cellular technology mapping, and analysis.

About:  Hawk Analytics is a SaaS firm that specializes in big data analysis and geographic mapping solutions using Call Detail Recording data from cellular providers. The company’s proprietary software – CellHawk – is used by local, state & federal law enforcement agencies to analyze data during investigations. Hawk Analytics has a proven track record of helping agencies save time, reduce costs and solve more crimes. More information about the company can be found at www.hawkanalytics.com.

Position Summary: Hawk Analytics has an immediate need for an experienced inside sales professional to sell our flagship Software-as-a-Service CellHawk, via an annual subscription, to clients in a clear, concise and professional manner.

Skill Set: The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3+ years of proven sales experience with quota achievement
  • Both inbound and outbound sales calls
  • Attending trade shows
  • Working knowledge of SaaS
  • CRM experience required
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Work independently
  • Law enforcement knowledge or background a plus
  • Position involves working with sensitive data
  • Pass a background check
  • 4-year college degree preferred

Interested candidates please send resume to Nicole Poser, Senior Director of Business Operations  nicole@hawkanalytics.com.

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D-D- “DAS” All Folks

A Distributed Antenna System (DAS) is a cell site and sector configuration that cellular companies use to separate antennas from a main (macro) cell site location and relocate those antennas to provide better signal coverage into an area or to add additional network capacity.

What is Your Why?

I think in today’s day and age and with everything that has been going on with the rioting, our political climate, the pandemic, etc., it is good to take some time to remember why we do what we do. It is beneficial for the soul to reflect on why you decided to go down the path you chose. Like most of you reading this, I chose the path of law enforcement. From an early age, I loved the idea of chasing bad guys in a police car with lights and sirens! I mean who wouldn’t – am I right? But I soon figured out the real “why” for my ambition after joining the law enforcement community.

The Hawk’s Nest Blog

The Hawk’s Nest is a blog created to help educate and inform investigators and analysts on the many facets of understanding the digital world of communication and geo-location records in their investigations.

A simple guide to understanding cell site terminology when mapping cellular call detail records

If you’re new to working with cellular call detail records, you may soon realize that there is no shortage of acronyms in this field and may find it difficult keep all the terms straight. Analyzing call detail records is a skill that takes time to refine and fully understand. One thing I particularly struggled with when I first started analyzing CDRs was knowing the difference between 3G and 4G terminology, how the carriers label their cell sites and more importantly, how to interpret what I was looking at in CellHawk. Here is a simplified explanation of what I learned along the way…

Lost Hiker Rescued Alive by Emergency Cell Phone Record Analysis

Lost Hiker Rescued Alive by Emergency Cell Phone Record Analysis

Tuolumne County, CA – March 26, 2020 started out as a beautiful day in Tuolumne County California, filled with blue skies and an unusual tranquility due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Throughout the state residents struggled to find activities to occupy their time as California issued a “stay-at-home” order.
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