Crime scene investigators using new scanning technology

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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WICHITA, Kan.--- Law enforcement officials from federal, state, and local agencies used the Kansas Aviation Museum for a mock crime scene to practice new 3D scanning technology.

"It's basically survey equipment but we collect so many points per second it actually produces what we call a point cloud that's so dense that almost looks like a photograph," said Kansas Bureau of Investigation Senior Special Agent David Klamm.

The KBI and the Midwest Criminal Justice Institute at Wichita State University are sponsoring a two-day 3D Terrestrial Scanning Conference in Wichita.

The training will provide the agencies, using multiple scanners, an opportunity to document a scene just as they would in a real-life crime situation that would require many agencies to work together.

"If we ever had a major serious crime scene, where we might want to have multiple agencies or multiple scanners working together, how we could all use that data and put it together," said Klamm on the importance of this collaboration.

KBI has been scanning for almost four years and uses them for capital cases, major homicides, and officer involved shootings. The Wichita Police Department has been scanning for nine months.

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