New 3-D scanner for Amarillo police will give investigators faster answers

KFDA APD 3-D Scanner

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The Amarillo Police Department will be the first law enforcement agency in the Panhandle to receive a 3-D scanner.

The scanner will enhance traffic crash investigations and crime scene processing.

“Certainly going to allocate our man power better for big scenes because it won’t take maybe, you know, if we still have to have the same amount of people, they won’t have to be out as long because they will be able to get the work done faster,” said Sgt. Carla Burr of the Amarillo Police Department.

The new scanner will help investigators at crash scenes, such as this one. (Source: KFDA)
The new scanner will help investigators at crash scenes, such as this one. (Source: KFDA)

The city will fund the scanner with money seized from criminals in the Police Asset Forfeiture funds, and the purchase should happen soon.

The scanner will provide detailed 3-D images, which will paint the picture of the scene better than the technology currently used.

“It’s just going to make for better testimony in court. It’s going to make it easier for people to kind of get perspective of where things are,” said Burr.

Police say with current laser technology, documenting a scene takes hours, and the new technology will be able to do better work in a fraction of the time.

Sgt. Warren Gross with the Amarillo Police Department says the new system will be faster, giving much better images than what’s currently in place.

The system will allow investigators to work faster, meaning a chance for faster answers and better public safety.

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