Unlike manual techniques, a 3D laser scanner captures millions of data points to create a point cloud map. Multiple 360-degree scans can be combined to create a complete 3D view of a scene that can be revisited later in great detail.
Increased accuracy in measurements and calculations helps ensure that officers have better information for court, which can put away reckless drivers and make roads safer for everyone. Here are some examples of how law enforcement officers are using digital tools to investigate traffic accidents.
CMPD crime scene techs say their work can be very physically demanding and officers often don't realize what is involved. "I don't know how many times I have shown up on a scene and the officers have said to me, 'It's just going to be pictures,'" says Crime Scene Supervisor Roy Patterson. "But it doesn't work like that."
As for responding officers, the question for us becomes twofold. First, do we appreciate the importance of CSI's role and, second (oftentimes more important), do we appreciate the importance of our own role in crime scene handling and processing?