The Rusk Panola Children's Advocacy Center recently received a grant in the amount of $20,000 from the Texas Bar Foundation. These funds will be used to purchase new technology from Cellebrite. These two units, along with the necessary training to use the technology, will enable our local law enforcement to gain immediate access to cell phone data pertinent to ongoing cases. Currently, it can take two weeks or more to gain access to cell phone data as the phones must be sent out for data retrieval. With these Cellebrite units, data retrieval will be almost instantaneous, enabling law enforcement to act quickly on time sensitive cases. With cellular phone use presenting in a large number of crimes against children, we felt that more expedient access to this data should be a priority. The Rusk Panola Children's Advocacy Center, along with all of our team members from law enforcement, local district attorneys' offices, and Child Protective Services are grateful to the Texas Bar Foundation for their support as we all work together to protect the children and families of Rusk and Panola Counties.
"Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation's largest charitably-funded bar foundation."