3D scanning technology eyed for law enforcement

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Officials for several law enforcement agencies in Kansas are learning how work together to create three-dimensional scans in the event the state ever becomes home to a massive crime scene.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1qin7p20 ) that about three dozen officers and officials from multiple agencies gathered at the Kansas Aviation Museum this week to experiment on how to jointly use the technology. They were using five scanners to digitally record 3D images of the exterior of a Boeing WB-47 Stratojet and a Boeing B-52D Stratofortress on display at the old airport tarmac.

“It’s only a matter of time” before the agencies are asked to use their 3D scanners to capture a crime scene, Kansas Bureau of Investigation Senior Special Agent David Klamm said .

The evolving attitudes comes in the wake of major incidents such as the mass-casualty shootings last fall at the Navy Yard in Washington , D.C.

“Now it’s ‘when it’s going to happen,’ not ‘if it’s going to happen,’ ” said Kristin Brewer, director of the Midwest Criminal Justice Institute at Wichita State University.

Such large-scale incidents can have many crime scenes scattered across a large geographic area, Klamm said.

Five agencies that have 3D scanners in Kansas attended the conference in Wichita that aimed to train officers to use them to collaborate. The KBI got a 3D scanner four years ago. Since then, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office crime lab, the Topeka Police Department, the fire marshal’s office and the Wichita Police Department have added them.

“We’re going to get together, get to know each other’s expertise, trade ideas, learn from each other,” Klamm said.

The new scanners won’t replace other law enforcement tools such as crime scene photography or surveying accident scenes.

“This is just one type of technology,” Klamm said. “This doesn’t make them obsolete.”


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com



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