Partner Webinar: The Power of 3D Technology in the Courtroom

Partner Webinar: The Power of 3D Technology in the Courtroom
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2021-04-28
Unit 1 Slide Deck: The Power of 3D Technology in the Courtroom
Unit 2 Transcript: The Power of 3D Technology in the Courtroom
Unit 3 Workbook: The Power of 3D Technology in the Courtroom
Unit 4 Recording: The Power of 3D Technology in the Courtroom

For law enforcement and the courts, ensuring that justice is served, the community is kept safe, and the bad guys are made accountable are the primary goals.  3D technology is one innovation that enhances law enforcement competence and productivity while providing the community with a sense of security and transparency. Any initiative, program, or system which supports such capabilities is always encouraged to uphold these main objectives.

This webinar’s resource speakers are Noreen Charlton and Jayson Chambers. Noreen is a Field Application Engineer for FARO. Prior to this role, she served as a Crime Scene Analyst with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department where she responded on thousands of crime scenes and testified as an expert witness. Meanwhile, Jayson is a Senior Special Agent for the FBI Detroit and a member and current team leader of the FBI’s Evidence Response Team (ERT). He works in counterterrorism investigations and is certified for Post-Blast Training, Body Recovery Training, Mapping of Human Remains, Bullet Trajectory Training, and FARO 3D Laser Scanning.

Specifics of the course include:

  • An overview of 3D Laser Scanning, FARO’s 3D technology devices, and its capabilities.
  • How public safety benefits from 3D technology as it…
    • Provides a detailed and unbiased visual representation of the scene from different perspectives and supports forensic analysis.
    • Quickly and conveniently delivers accurate diagrams and presentations for compelling storytelling in court.
  • Examples of the various output of the technology including fly-through videos, forensic animation, virtual reality, 3D models, and scan data that can be 3D printed.
  • How FARO has been utilized so far as a means of documenting scenes in civil and criminal cases for local, state, federal, and international courts.
  • A case example where 3D technology was used for a terrorist attack in Flint, Michigan.
    • A walk-through of the origins of the subject’s radicalization, the planning, acquiring of weapons, and reconnaissance involved.
    • Conditions surrounding the incident itself – how Amor Ftouhi approached his initial target and his plan to get to a much larger target.
    • How the subject’s plans were foiled by an airport maintenance staff and law enforcement officers who witnessed the attack from a conference room.
    • The prompt action to call for medical assistance and backup that allowed to save Officer Neville’s life and arrest Amor Ftouhi immediately.
    • Presenting the details to the court using the 3D model to better describe the incident, support eye-witness’ testimony, and tell the story of the potentially larger scale harm that was averted.
    • The guilty verdict for Amor Ftouhi.
  • Demonstrating the versatility and value of 3D technology for investigations through several other case examples involving gang activity, child porn, murder cases, and bank robberies.

Questions from the audience were about:

  • Guidelines and standards that apply to 3D technology.
  • Markers used to combine separate scans.
  • Using the FARO® Freestyle2 handheld scanner to supplement the FARO® Focuss, and the margin for error.
  • Availability of the technology outside of the United States.
  • Daubert challenges for the admissibility of 3D models as evidence.
  • Providing defense with the 3D model evidence.
  • Time taken to scan and construct the model.
  • Cost of the technology.
  • Capability to zoom and view in different perspectives in the 3D model.
  • How the system deals with reflective surfaces.

 

A Partner Webinar is a sponsored webinar with an organization that provides products or services to the criminal justice industry. 

 

Audience Comments:

  • “This was an awesome presentation. Extremely well presented and the topic is very interesting. New technology to solve crimes and present them in a court room setting is great. Thanks so much!!” — Deborah
  • “How 3D can give a clear and more interesting view of crime scenes to attract jurors and give a better understanding of the crime scenes. Very awesome technology!” — Bertha
  • “I can see how this will be utilized and expanded into many other areas of both law enforcement for criminal scenarios, as well as healthcare for recreating hospital infectious control monitoring, We could have used this technology in planning for mass vaccination centers to create patient flow within a building to avoid cross-contamination. Thank you for keeping us on top of our game.” — Kathleen
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