Fatal and serious injury crashes were causing lengthy roadway
closures. The Clackamas County, Oregon CRAFT team was challenged
with limiting road closure time and opening roadways faster. Solution
The interagency team with one full-time and 18 on-call
reconstructionists purchased the FARO Focus3D X 330 Laser Scanner. Results
The capabilities of the laser scanner have allowed for a more flexible
approach to utilizing the CRAFT resources on a variety of calls,
including those they otherwise had not been able to respond to prior
to adopting the scanning technology. Implementing the scanner has
indeed reduced roadway closure times and saved the Clackamas
County Sheriff’s Office more than $28K in overtime costs alone in just
under 16 months of operation.
FARO Focus3D X 330 scanner allows CRAFT to be utilized more often
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (Oregon) leads an interagency Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) that includes Reconstructionists from eight different police agencies. In the past, the team used a total station to map crash scenes and a handheld distance meter for interior scenes. Today, their measurement device of choice is a Focus3D X 330 laser scanner.
The Clackamas CRAFT is an interagency team with one full-time and 18 on-call Reconstructionists. They have traditionally been called in to investigate fatal and serious injury crashes in Clackamas County and to assist with crimescene investigations. Now that they use the FARO Focus3D X 330 scanner, CRAFT members are able to be involved in more investigations than ever before.
The CCSO has a web page that introduces CRAFT to the community and explains their goals (www.clackamas.us/sheriff/craft.html)1. FARO laser scanning technology helps to limit this roadclosure time by speeding up the process while at the same time making it more accurate — and at a higher level of detail — than any other method being used around the country.”
The Lake Oswego Police Department is one of the CRAFT member agencies. Lake Oswego Sergeant Clayton Simon, explains how his police agency has benefited. “The capabilities of the scanner have allowed for a more flexible approach to utilizing CRAFT resources on a variety of calls. The ability to work a scene with fewer resources and at a more efficient rate, have opened up the possibilities for more frequent use of the team. Past incidents that may not have fit CRAFT call out criteria, but were still incredibly important to participating agencies, can now utilize CRAFT resources without a large cost in time or resources. As a smaller agency, this has proven incredibly valuable,” Simon said.
CRAFT is now called out to scan scenes whenever there is an officer-involved shooting, an officer-involved crash, or where a county or city liability may exist. The scanner provides the investigators with a unique ability to accurately verify line of sight issues in a crash or shooting incident. According to Criminalist O’Neil, “In an officer-involved shooting, you can position the view of the point cloud to be at the officer’s eye level. As you move through the cloud, you can see the scene exactly as they saw it.”
O’Neil also commented on how effective the FARO scanner is at capturing crash and crime scenes, “By using the scanner, we spend less time on the scene, we get better data, and we can use a smaller crew. I prefer to have two people to set targets and move the scanner, but, if necessary, I can do it all myself.” O’Neil calculated that using the FARO Focus3D X 330 scanner has saved the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) more than $28,000 in overtime costs in just 16 months of operation.”