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Civil Air Patrol Marks 1,000th Cell Phone Mission
News Staff - March 19, 2017

UNDATED - The Civil Air Patrol’s National Cellular Forensics Team participated in its 1,000th mission on 16 March. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) has credited the team with 310 “saves” and nearly 400 “finds” since 2006 when the team was founded. The team first used analysis techniques to manually search through cellular phone data and later developed customized software to automate the effort.

The Civil Air Patrol was credited with saving 92 lives during fiscal year 2016, with the cellular forensics team playing a role in nearly all of the rescues.

At the request of the AFRCC, the team searches for anyone who is missing and has a cell phone. The team often works in conjunction with Civil Air Patrol’s National Radar Analysis Team, which has enjoyed similar success using software developed by CAP members to analyze radar data from overdue aircraft.

Here in South Dakota, the Cell Phone Forensics Team completed their 1,002nd mission when they provided data that helped locate the small plane that crashed on 17 March near Opal, SD. 

“CAP is saving more lives annually, providing regular support across the country and reducing the time until survivors are located while also reducing the resources needed to accomplish searches — all great results,” said John Desmarais, CAP’s director of operations.  



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