ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Some of the cool toys on CSI, really do exist and now one New Mexico police department has one of them.
The Roswell Police Department is showing off a 3-D scanner that enables them to have a birds-eye view of any crime scene.
“We could literally fly through the scene,” said Roswell Police Detective Scott Stevenson.
All police have to do is turn the scanner on, put in the distance they want to scan and technology does the rest.
After the scans are finished, they upload the data to their computers and then a 3-D panoramic picture appears.
“Detectives will be able to use that panoramic image on an iPad or some type of tablet to sit here and just go through the scene zoom in zoom out of it,” said Stevenson.
The high-tech software allows detectives to manipulate the image any which way they want. They can take measurements and even mark specific evidence.
“We will be able to document scenes within the accuracy of a couple of millimeters over a long distance,” said Stevenson.
Stevenson says the device will also help them in court.
“It’s going to give the judge and the jury a very accurate graphical image of what the scene consists of,” he said.
That is something Stevenson says is nearly impossible to do using a normal 4×6 photo.
“I believe it’s going to help us in just about almost any investigation that we go to,” he said.
Roswell police say the scanner is part of a capital outlay project that cost about $86,000.
They’d been trying to get the equipment since 2008.
The Albuquerque Police Department was one of the first police departments in the nation to get a 3-D scanner.