Roanoke Police is using FARO technology to 3D Scan Crime Scenes

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Chris Levering is one of seven forensic investigators trained to use Roanoke Police Department’s brand-new FARO 3D laser scanner.

“What I do is I document the scene the way that I find it however it happens to be.”, (…),This will allow me to basically bring a judge and/or a jury into the crime scene and see the scene the same way that I saw it.”

-Chris Levering, RPD Forensic Investigator

The FARO machine captures 44-million data points per scan. By piecing together a dozen or more scans, the technology can digitally re-create any scene in full-color 3D.

“You can bring the actual scene of the crime into the courtroom and share it with the jury at the same time and of course with the defendant and the judge, everybody that’s in the courtroom,”

-Don Caldwell, Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney

The new technology is fully supported by Caldwell’s office as well as by Roanoke Circuit Court Judges.

The digital scans will help supplement traditional evidence collection and crime scene photographs on all homicides and fatal car crashes.

We will still continue to work crime scenes the way we’ve worked them for the 15 years I’ve been working homicides; this is just one more tool in the tool belt,(…)”

-Chris Levering.

The FARO technology has been used at least in twenty crime scenes since April 2019, but now that training is complete, this will become commonplace for Roanoke investigations.

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Pete DeLuca, wdbj7 Roanoke Police using new technology to digitally scan crime scenes published on Jan15 2020, re-edited and published by João Andrade on Jan25 2020;

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Police One published on Sep20 2018, re-edited and published by João Andrade on Jan25 2020;

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