Crime scenes and motor vehicle crashes are often complex and difficult to figure out. That’s why police departments train their people to be forensic and crash reconstruction specialists. That’s also why civilian crash reconstructionists and private investigators follow up such incidents.
These specialists are experts who investigate and determine the chain of events leading up to and following a crash or crime.
Crash reconstructionists assess the scene, gather evidence and use math and physics to determine the contributing factors in a crash. Their work may help determine if charges can be pressed. Forensic investigators do the same at a crime scene.
Whether a crash reconstructionist/forensic investigator is a member of law enforcement or a private investigator from an outside firm, it is imperative they have effective tools at their disposal.
Historically, laser measuring devices have been essential tools to document both crime and crash scenes. They record data points and measurements later placed in a diagram. Some points are later generated into a 2-D or 3-D models of scenes.
There is a new tool on the market with a separate, distinctly different function from a laser measuring device.
OSCR is a unique investigative tool that visually captures all visible criminal evidence. It captures, preserves and presents a more comprehensive and accurate representation of a crash scene. When examining crime or crash scenes, investigators have one chance to photograph the scene in its entirety before evidence is either preserved, removed, or in some cases, destroyed due to environmental conditions.
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Traditional photography captures an image in the direction of the camera lens. With OSCR360, the investigator can quickly and easily capture a full 360-degree spherical view of a crash scene. The 360-degree image can be rotated in any direction, including up and down, as if the viewer is looking through the investigator’s eyes at the scene.
Investigators can instantly view 360-degree photos on the OSCR360 tablet while on scene, confirming all evidence is captured and documented.
When these images are later downloaded to OSCR desktop software, investigators can then use their 360-degree photos as “containers” for the rest of their multi-media evidence files which they can add later.
The completed containers become part of a powerful presentation tool for litigation, providing viewers with a visual walk-through of all evidence and circumstances of the crime or crash.
OSCR360 brings completed investigations to life and allows others to see crime or crash scenes through the investigators’ eyes.
Click here to learn how OSCR360 was used during closing arguments in the high-profile murder case of Craig Rideout in Rochester, NY. This trial concluded with multiple second degree murder and evidence tampering convictions.
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About the Author:
Chuck Grasso is a retired police Sergeant with over 27 years Law Enforcement experience. Sergeant Grasso has worked as a Patrol Officer, Police Sergeant, Director of Emergency Management, Public Information Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Liason, Accident Reconstructionist, and Regional Traffic Reconstruction Team Commander. Sergeant Grasso is a court-deemed expert in several different specialized areas of motor vehicle collision reconstruction. Sergeant Grasso served on the ANSI D-16 panel and is currently a Certified Police Academy Instructor in the areas of Collision Investigation and Traffic Enforcement.