Kansas LEOs are training to use 3D scanners for crime scenes

Kansas law enforcement agencies are training for the use of 3D scanners when working large-scale crime scenes.

According to the Miami Herald, dozens of LEOs and officials from various agencies statewide recently converged on the Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita to utilize five scanners to digitally record 3D images of a Boeing WB-47 Stratojet and a Boeing B-52D Stratofortress, both of which were on display at the museum’s airport tarmac.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation Senior Special Agent David Klamm said it was “only a matter of time” before agencies routinely use 3D scanners to capture crime scenes.

As the Herald points out, there is a renewed push for using such technology in the wake of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

“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.

There are currently five law enforcement agencies in Kansas which have 3D scanning technology: the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office crime lab, the Topeka Police Department, the fire marshal’s office and the Wichita Police Department. All of them attended the meeting at the Kansas Aviation Museum.

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

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/11/4111112/3d-scanning-technology-eyed-for.html

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