Deputies using 3D laser scanners to solve crimes: a futuristic concept turned reality

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First drones, now 3D laser scanners. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, once again, thinking outside of the box. 

“That technology sits on a tripod and spins all by itself. It’s capture measurements so the distances of objects and on top of that photos,” explained the Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty. 

Crime scenes can be dangerous, but now with this 3D scanner, deputies can take the crime scene virtually wherever they go

“Prior to this we had folks using a stick and a laser and working together and this technology works basically on its own,” Dougherty added.

Sheriff, Tom Dougherty says the laser scans the scene by focusing on individual points, or white bulbs, that deputies will place. Then, it downloads to a computer; thus re-creating the scene.

 “If you wanted to see the measurement from where that bike was to where the car is, you can click on the bike and click on the car and it’s going to tell you the exact distance,” he said.

Deputies add, these 3D photos can be helpful beyond the crime scene. 

“We can also have a potential juror walk right through the scene,” explained Dougherty. 

A futuristic concept – turned reality.

According to the LCSO, the 3D scanner was priced around $81,000, which was paid from their jail revenue account. 

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