Tony Godwin

Northern Texas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Tony Godwin was recently inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in March 2023, a testament to his distinguished career in child crime investigations. Tony has faithfully served the Garland (Texas) Police Department for 28 years and presently holds a pivotal role in the Northern Texas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF), where he has been a dedicated member since 2005. Tony’s responsibilities encompass investigating a wide range of child-related crimes, including child molestation cases involving strangers, child sexual assault cases involving strangers, child pornography, and internet solicitation of children for sexual purposes. His extensive career portfolio boasts over 2,100 criminal investigations where he acted as the primary Detective in cases related to the exploitation of children.

Tony’s expertise extends to the realm of digital forensics, holding certifications as a computer and cell phone forensic examiner. He has conducted collaborative criminal investigations alongside federal agencies such as the FBI, US Postal Service, Department of Homeland Security, US Secret Service, and numerous local law enforcement agencies to combat child exploitation and child pornography on the World Wide Web. Tony is also committed to knowledge sharing, teaching child exploitative investigation techniques and child exploitation presentations to law enforcement professionals throughout the United States and internationally.

Additionally, Tony devotes time to educating civic groups, schools, churches, and parents on how to best protect children online, furthering efforts to stop the exploitation of children.