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>>> POLICE IN MUNCIE HAVE A NEW PARTNER TO HELP INVESTIGATE CRIMES AND CRASHES IT GIVES OFFICERS 3-D IMAGES VIEWS AND VIDEOS LIKE THIS

>> AND WHAT THE TECHNOLOGY ACTUALLY CAPTURES AT CRIME SCENES CAN BE USED NOW IN THE COURTROOM, TOO 13 INVESTIGATES' JENNIE RUNEVITCH SHOWS US HOW IT WORKS >> REPORTER: IT LOOKS AND FEELS FUTURISTIC, SWOOPING INTO A CRIME SCENE LIKE A PLAYER IN A VIRTUAL REALITY VIDEO GAME >> YOU CAN LOOK UNDER THE TABLES YOU CAN PEEL THE ROOF OFF THE BUILDING, COME IN FROM ANY ANGLE, DO A FLYTHROUGH WHERE YOU FLY THROUGH THE ROOM

>> REPORTER: BUT THE FUTURE IS NOW IN MUNCIE, WHERE POLICE ARE CAPTURING DETAILED 3-D REPLICAS OF CAR ACCIDENTS AND CRIMES >> IT PROCESSES SCENES THAT PREVIOUSLY TOOK US HOURS >> REPORTER: FAST, AND WITH STUNNING ACCURACY INFORMATION OFFICERS USE TO ANALYZE AND INVESTIGATE EVIDENCE >> IT LITERALLY MEASURES MILLIONS OF POINTS OF INTEREST IN MINUTES

DEBRIS, TIRE MARKS, VEHICLES, PLACEMENTS OF PEDESTRIANS >> REPORTER: THIS IS WHAT MAKES IT HAPPEN – THE "FARO" LASER SCANNER, A TRIPOD-MOUNTED DIGITAL MAPPING SYSTEM IT'S A $60,000 INVESTMENT, PAID FOR BY MUNCIE POLICE AND THE PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE MUNCIE IS ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF DEPARTMENTS IN INDIANA WITH THE TECHNOLOGY SINCE THE PURCHASE IN JANUARY, THEY'VE USED THE SCANNER FOR MORE THAN A DOZEN CASES INCLUDING THIS ONE NEAR BALL STATE WHEN SEVEN PEOPLE WERE SHOT IN MAY

BACK AT THE POLICE STATION, OFFICERS SHOWED US HOW THE DEVICE WORKS SET IT UP, SET PARAMETERS, PUSH A BUTTON, AND THE LASER CAPTURES DATA POINTS, DISTANCE MEASUREMENTS, AND HUNDREDS OF PHOTOGRAPHS ALL IN A MATTER OF MOMENTS AS IT SCANS THE ROOM, HERE'S WHAT THE FARO SEES LATER, SOPHISTICATED SOFTWARE LAYERS THE IMAGES TO RECREATE A CRIME SCENE

IT ANALYZES THINGS LIKE BLOOD SPATTER AND BULLET TRAJECTORY, PLUS DETECTIVES CAN EXPLORE THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN, LONG AFTER THE REAL SCENE IS CLEARED >> WE CAN GO BACK AND REVISIT AND LOOK AT WHAT THE CRIME SCENE ACTUALLY LOOKED LIKE AND RECREATE IT, VERSUS JUST LOOKING AT FLAT PICTURES >> REPORTER: IN THE OLD-SCHOOL METHOD – >> THIS WAS A CAR-PEDESTRIAN >> Reporter: — HAND-DRAWN DIAGRAMS FOR ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION, FOR EXAMPLE, TOOK A LOT OF TIME AT CRASHES USING MEASURING TAPE, SURVEYS AND PHOTOS COULD STOP TRAFFIC FOR HOURS

PLUS WEATHER AND HUMAN ERROR COULD ALTER THE ACCURACY NOT SO ANYMORE SAVING CONGESTION FOR US ON THE ROADS SAVING MAN HOURS FOR THEM ON THE JOB >> IT'S AMAZING WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO IS PROBABLY FAR MORE AMAZING

>> Reporter: INVESTIGATORS SAY USING SCANNER IMAGES IN COURT WILL GIVE MORE VISUAL INTEREST TO POLICE TESTIMONY AND LET

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