As a society, we have barely scratched the possibilities of Augmented Reality. Imagine a future where your agency can use smartphone devices or tablets to see all the overlays that other personnel have contributed or analyzed in a Crime Scene. It’s closer than you think!
Many agencies are adopting unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to enhance their crime scene and traffic accident documentation. This powerful tool can be used not only to document but to aid in the search for evidence over large outdoor areas. All data can be stored and shared in real time within CrimePad.
We don’t often think of ethics in the context of crime scene investigations but Dick Warrington hits the nail on the head and is a good model that we all should keep in mind.
Investigations currently are worked in teams of people and may involve several entities. These may include crime scene technicians and investigators from the local police department (major events might also include state and federal law enforcement), death investigators from medical examiner/coroner offices, forensic laboratories, district attorney offices, etc. With so many people involved, there is a lot of data collected. However, the dissemination of this data is inefficient and sometimes nonexistent. Most information is first collected by hand with free hand notes or pre-formatted worksheets and then it is compiled into a report which is distributed days later. Often times, calls are made to inform others of vital data but it isn’t recorded. Needless to say, the knowledge transfer amongst all individuals from all entities is severely lacking.
We all know that the first 48 hours are the most critical to the successful resolution of an investigation. With CrimePad, information sharing in real time allows for the entire team to be up to date with what is known in the investigation, even between agencies. Hence, a collaborative environment is generated where investigations can proceed quicker and more efficiently.