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Posted on: December 3, 2015

[ARCHIVED] $229K Grant Equips Lancaster County Police with 3-D Images of Crash, Crime Scenes

Lancaster County has been approved for a $229,000 grant that allows local police and prosecutors to photograph crime scenes in 3-D, enabling investigators – and juries – to revisit a scene almost identically to how it originally appeared.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant will fund the purchase of three data collectors – laptop computers – that will pull images from an existing laser scanner for analysis. That provides Lancaster County police and prosecutors with four data collectors to be used for separate major-crime investigations.

Typically, the technology will be used for vehicle crashes that involved major injury or death, and in violent crimes, such as homicides or home-invasion attacks.

Essentially, the scanner and data collectors capture a 3-D image of a crime or crash scene, allowing police to figure out exactly what took place at a location. Prosecutors, in turn, present that scene footage to trial juries.

District Attorney Craig Stedman called the scanner a “revolutionary” tool that plays a crucial part in how police investigate violent crimes and vehicle crashes.

Also, Stedman said, it has major impact on how juries view evidence.

“This allows the jury to walk into a crime scene, virtually, and see for themselves,” Stedman said.

The Lancaster County Commissioners recently approved the creation of the project’s budget.

The grant also allows for the purchase of a camera which will attach to the scanner and enhance images, and two carts that will be used to present the visuals to juries.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041;; Twitter: @BrettHambright

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