Forensics Tools and Training for Police Investigations

When Jack Taylor calls on customers, he has already walked many miles in their shoes. The CSDS Forensics Consultant is a 17-year Modesto law enforcement veteran. Most of his career was spent working in the traffic unit before an injury forced his early retirement.

Jack has first-hand experience with accident investigation forensics presentationand reconstruction. Since joining CSDS in 2014, he has consulted with law enforcement agencies across California, helping them determine the right technology for their needs and then teaching officers how to use it.

Most of Jack’s customers use one of three products – all designed for reliable data-gathering at traffic accidents or crime scenes.

Police departments have praised Jack’s hands-on involvement before, during and after the sale.
“As a retired law enforcement officer, his experience and familiarity with collision and crime scene investigations result in getting the scan data that are unique to law enforcement and forensics,” said Roseville Assistant Chief of Police James Maccoun in a recent letter to CSDS. “I addition to coming to our department on multiple occasions for training and scene assistance, Jack has helped us render scanned data into working images using both Faro Scene and Edge Fx software. Because of this, we are able to disseminate this work product throughout the department. With Jack’s assistance, the general consensus is that the scanner is amazing and allows us to view and analyze scenes like never before.”

  • Mechanical total stations are affordable, lightweight and rugged tools for scene documentation. Two to three people are required to operate each unit.
  • Robotic total stations allow one person to capture measurements in less than half the time of a mechanical total station, making it a good solution for departments challenged to “do more with less.” It provides exceptionally long-range and superior accuracy, and an on-board camera integrates data with live-view images so the investigator can verify work before leaving the scene.
  • 3D laser scanners precisely record, store and re-create a scene so it can be analyzed and shared in a virtual 3D environment. It’s the most accurate technology available. It’s also the most expensive.

“My challenge is to look at your situation, evaluate the full range of options – not just a single product – and then recommend what’s best for your situation,” Jack says.

“The majority of departments are fascinated with 3D scanning technology. In this era of transparency and speed, homicide detectives can walk into a crime scene and set up a scanner, and it will capture everything. You will never have to explain why you didn’t capture a certain piece of evidence.”

While the 3D scanner captures up to 1 million points on a scene per second, the total station is more of a point-and-shoot instrument. “Someone has to decide what data to collect in any given scene,” Jack says, adding that a total station remains a good solution for most traffic investigations.

Despite the increased accuracy and data collection capabilities of a 3D scanner, its complex technology demands that you receive in-depth training in order to get the most out it.

In fact, many departments have equipment that remains unused. Sometimes the police department “inherits” a total station from another city division. Sometimes the department buys new equipment, trains one or two officers, and when those individuals rotate out of the division, the remaining officers don’t know how to manage the equipment.forensics demo

Jack has a solution for that, too. He provides a free on-site orientation session that includes:

  • Organizing and assessing all equipment – old or new.
  • Inspecting each item to make sure it is calibrated and in working order.
  • Analyzing your workflow.
  • Providing a hands-on demonstration of investigation and diagramming practices that help investigators produce factual diagrams and courtroom quality sketches.

“We are here for our customers every step of the way,” Jack says. “We provide local service, local support and local training so you can be up and running immediately with your Trimble equipment.”

We’re a one-stop shop for all your Forensics needs, providing equipment, training, maintenance, rentals, and repairs all in one unified package.

We’re also the only California supplier that carries a complete Forensics solution, with an integrated Trimble package that works from the field, to the office and to the courtroom. This means that you no longer have to mix and match products from different vendors and figure everything out on your own when something breaks.

Our solution leverages the Trimble Capture software, which quickly collects scene data in the field. Back in the office, you can use Trimble Reveal to create your drawings and diagrams. This ensures the safety of your officers by limiting their time in traffic, and reduces your overtime expenses by providing faster evidence collection.

Tell us… Add your questions and comments for Jack below and qualify for 20 percent off any repairs on existing Forensics equipment. Or call Jack at 916-990-4980 to schedule your on-site orientation session.

 

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