Local/Regional News
6:23 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Kentucky State Police Adding 3D Scanner

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- Jurors may be able to get a better idea of what a crime scene looked like with a state-of-the-art 3D scanner added to the Kentucky State Police investigation toolbox.

The agency says the scanner provides a realistic view of crime scenes and crash sites.

The Leica ScanStation C10 was unveiled at a news conference Wednesday in Frankfort. State police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says the agency is the first in Kentucky to buy and actively use the device.

Brewer says the scanner is expected to cut the time necessary to investigate crime and crash scenes.

"Many times, we will have a dozen officers on hand at a scene, including detectives, officers to preserve the crime scene, close roads, or divert traffic," Brewer said in a statement. "With this new technology, we are now able to reduce the amount of time and manpower needed at these scenes."

The agency purchased the device for $65,000, partially with funds from a Violence Against Women Act grant.

Sgt. Chad Mills of the state police Collision Analysis and Highway Safety Branch said the scanner makes it possible to preserve a scene just as investigators found it.

"This tool allows us to virtually revisit and measure the scene any time in the future," Mills said. "It also produces detailed graphic presentations that can be used as compelling courtroom graphics - actually allowing the prosecutor to place the jury into the crime scene."