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NCJ Number: 211927 Find in a Library
Title: At the Scene of the Crash
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 96-MU-MU-K011
Sale Source: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
700 N. Frederick Ave.
Bldg. 181, Room 1L30
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Technical Assistance
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes a week-long course offered by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)-Rocky Mountain that updates law enforcement officers on current crash-scene technologies.
Abstract: The course is a mix of classroom presentations and hands-on exercises designed for experienced crash-scene investigators who deal with major accidents. One basic area covered in the course is mapping technology, which involves tools that capture data on the scene, as well as computer-aided drafting or mapping software that diagrams the scene. A second area covered is black box technology, which includes a field trip to a salvage yard for the purpose of extracting data from a black box onboard a wrecked vehicle. Depending on the manufacturer, the black box provides such information as how many people were in the car, how fast it was going at impact, and whether or not the seatbelts were buckled. A third area covered in the course is reconstruction management and calculation software, which performs the calculations and analysis of field data. Using computer aided procedures and appropriate software, along with laser-enhanced measurement techniques, the course shows that a single officer can diagram and chart an entire accident scene in a fraction of the time it would have taken a team of investigators using traditional manual methods. The course is offered at no cost to law enforcement officers in a 10-State region (Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming).
Main Term(s): Police training programs
Index Term(s): Accident investigation; Accident investigation training; Computer aided operations; Computer software; Traffic accident management; Traffic accidents; Traffic law enforcement
Note: From TechBeat, Spring 2004; downloaded October 28, 2005.
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