This Laser Scanning Exhibit Has Law Enforcement Professionals Intrigued

A road rage incident between a car and motorcycle ends in a collision, leaving the motorcyclist injured. The scene presents a semiautomatic pistol, a handgun and another pistol along with cartridge cases and multiple bullet holes, making it clear that both drivers exchanged gunfire. The damaged motorcycle, motorcycle helmet and debris lie in the roadway. Trajectory rods have been placed in the bullet holes for analysis. Your job? Document every detail of the scene quickly and accurately so the roadway can be reopened as quickly as possible, then map and analyze the evidence to answer critical questions and close the case file.

Law enforcement professionals attending IACP 2019 will have the opportunity to test their crime and crash investigation skills on this scene using some of the latest laser scanning technology, including the Leica RTC360 laser scanner and BLK360 imaging laser scanner. “We’ve used this exhibit at several events so far this year, and it’s a huge draw,” says Ryan Rezzelle, a laser scanning specialist and former crime scene investigator who now manages the Leica Geosystems Public Safety Group. “Everyone is intrigued by the ability to capture millions of highly accurate data points on the entire scene in minutes with the Leica RTC360 laser scanner, pre-register the point cloud data in the field automatically, and then share 3D exhibits at the push of a button. Many of the law enforcement professionals I talk to have already heard about the incredible time savings being achieved by the Santa Ana PD’s Collision Investigations Unit, the Spokane PD Major Crimes Unit and others, and they want to explore the technology for themselves. This exhibit gives them a chance to do that.”

Attendees can stop by the booth anytime during exhibit hours or reserve a time slot for a one-on-one consultation with Rezzelle or one of Leica Geosystems’ other public safety experts. “A lot of agencies have questions about the best way to get started with laser scanning and digital scene documentation,” says Darrell Whitfield, a former crime scene investigator who is now U.S. East account manager for the Leica Geosystems Public Safety Group. “We walk them through basic strategies for how to fund the technology they need as well as what to expect in terms of the workflow and advantages. We can help them understand how to evaluate point cloud quality; how to maximize data accessibility; how to combine point clouds with data from other sensors, like total stations, GNSS or UAVs; and how to use the data to create clear, concise and accurate diagrams and maps. Law enforcement professionals are often surprised by the breadth of solutions and level of guidance we can offer.”

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, is the leader in digital scene mapping and documentation for public safety and forensics. Long recognized as the standard in 3D laser scanning solutions, the company also provides vehicle-based and wearable reality capture solutions, professional-grade UAVs, fast and easy-to-use total stations and GNSS rovers, as well as powerful field, analysis and presentation software that makes it easy to create compelling deliverables. Law enforcement professionals rely Leica Geosystems’ solutions for their outstanding quality, dependability, training, service and support.

To learn more or explore the potential of laser scanning on the mock road rage scene, visit booth 1659 at IACP2019 in Chicago, Oct. 26-29.

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