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Posted on: May 3, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Apopka Police Use 3D Laser Technology to Replicate Investigation Scenes

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The Apopka Police Department is adding advanced technology from a Central Florida company to make precisely measured replicas of investigation scenes.

The 3D laser scanner from Lake Mary-based technology firm Faro is the latest tool used by law enforcement agencies around the world to quickly and accurately measure and replicate crime scenes, vehicle crashes and other locations with exact detail. Apopka police crime scene technicians recently completed training to utilize the new device, and on Wednesday they will demonstrate it to the Apopka City Council at a meeting set for 1:30 p.m. at City Hall, 120 E. Main St.

The Faro Focus3D easily sets up on a tripod and rotates to scan its environment with a laser and camera. Several scans are used to replicate an area – even providing recreations in three dimensions that can be viewed from almost any angle.

Each scan takes millions of readings in about 7 minutes, which also allows fast data collection that is important during police investigations. The scans are loaded into a software program that pieces them together into a virtual replica of the investigation scene.

The Apopka Police Department utilizes technology like the 3D scanner to assist with evidence gathering and to create more accurate and effective reports for law enforcement and prosecution. The department utilized federal grants in recent years to acquire video cameras worn by officers. Faro’s 3D scanning also is used at other law enforcement agencies such as Altamonte Springs, Winter Park and Osceola County.

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