Police seek better crash analysis

Police are evaluating the latest traffic crash and forensic crime scene software in a bid to make accident investigations more efficient and sophisticated.

Police are evaluating the latest traffic crash and forensic crime scene software in a bid to make accident investigations more efficient and sophisticated.

Tenders closed in February for a system to compile crime scene forensic plans, investigate crash scenes and present evidence in court cases relating to those events, but police procurement manager Peter Rendell says a decision on the successful software will come at the end of the year, or perhaps next year.

“We’re evaluating the software at the moment and there’s unlikely to be a decision before December.”

The software is complex, he says, and the aim of the project is to get an improved package for analysis and presentation somewhat similar to CAD — one of the options being explored.

“We want to get a three-dimensional representation of a crash site, for the process and to present data resulting from crash analysis in a better format.”

Being able to key in reference points and create the layout rather than “getting in there and doing a lot of drafting” is also a goal.

“When you’re on the motorway you’re not wanting to hold up the traffic flow — you want to be able to take a series of reference points and interpret them into a drawing.”

Tender documents call for software that can “permit extraction of mathematical information for advanced crash investigation techniques, carry out advanced specialist traffic crash investigation mathematical calculations, provide animations of traffic crash or other crime scene incidents and provide enhanced evidence presentation techniques at judicial proceedings”.

The tender calls either for one package or a selection of integrated ones.

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