Crime Scene Investigation
Crime scene investigation is by far the most popular use of the Leica ScanStation within the public safety community.
The ability of the ScanStation to fairly and accurately record millions of measurements along with panoramic photography at a crime scene is truly a giant leap forward in investigative technology.
Because the ScanStation measures EVERYTHING within its line-of-sight instead of just what an investigator THINKS is important at the time it is a controlled crime scene, investigators are no longer limited to making all of the “important” measurements while the crime scene tape is up.
Competent investigators will always locate (meaning “map” or “diagram”) the obviously important evidence at a crime scene like the body, weapon, cartridge casings, etc...
However, the truth is that at every crime scene there comes a time when a "human" makes the SUBJECTIVE decision that “we are done. Let’s release the scene and go home. We’ve got everything that is important”.
The thing about that decision is that in the early hours of an investigation you don’t know what you don’t know and that is where Leica 3D laser scanning can really save you down the line.
It may not be until a month later that a homicide detective does an interview with a witness and as a result of that he/she needs a critical measurement from the scene or an examination of a witness viewpoint that nobody could have known was important at the time of the data collect at the controlled scene. Because of the OBJECTIVE nature of our ScanStation technology, there will be a strong likelihood that investigators can virtually return to the crime scene and (using our Cyclone software) examine the viewpoint or extract out the critical measurement required for the investigation.
That ability (along with influencing jurors who watch lots of CSI shows on TV) is one of the most powerful benefits of Leica ScanStation technology. You can get another shot at the crime scene to examine geospatial relationships with confidence.
- Video: Georgia Bureau of Investigation Statewide Deployment
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is an independent, statewide agency that provides assistance to the state's criminal justice system in the areas of criminal investigations, forensic laboratory services and computerized criminal justice information. The GBI has deployed eight Leica ScanStations throughout the state of Georgia.
- Video: Killeen PD deploys to the Fort Hood Shooting & Airplane Terrorist Attack
Two Domestic Terrorist Attacks Documented with Leica ScanStation
- Video: Preserving the Integrity of the Crime Scene
These police officers summarize the value of the ScanStation for crime scene investigation about as well as anyone ever has.
- Video: Hexagon 2011 Workshop
Our live-fire bullet path reconstruction using the ScanStation workshop is one of the most popular and well-attended courses taught at our annual worldwide user conference. This clip is from Hexagon 2011 when we teamed with the Orlando Police Department for the workshop.
- Case Study: Homicide Scene Documentation with 3D Laser Scanning