Washoe County Sheriff's Office adds 3D laser scanner for studying crime scenes


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office says it has purchased a new tool for analyzing crime scenes.

The sheriff's office demonstrated its new ultra-high speed, 3D laser scanning system on Wednesday. According to a spokesman, the new system will help capture information much more quickly and accurately than by hand.

The scanner will be especially useful for analyzing violent crimes and those involving firearm trajectory.

"When tested during a demonstration, it reduced the analyst time [diagramming] a scene from 35 hours to three hours with more detail in the final report," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

The scanner was recently purchased by the Forensic Science Division. The ultimate goal, according to the sheriff's office, is to reduce backlogs and turnaround time.

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