Virginia police deploy 3-D tech to reconstruct accident scenes

A group of central Virginia towns and counties are turning to 3-D modeling technology to help investigate traffic crashes and crime scenes, Government Technology magazine reported.

The Central Virginia Regional Crash Team, a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement forensics team, will use two secondhand Leica HDS4500 3-D scanners donated by a nuclear services firm to help reconstruct what happened at a scene, the magazine reported.

Capt. Jim Bennett of the Bedford Police Department and leader of the cash steam, told Government Technology that while the equipment is secondhand, a new 3-D scanner would cost about $120,000. “It’s cheaper for us to repair and maintain these then to go out and purchase them new,” he told the magazine.

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