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early Christmas gift arrived for Findlay Police. The department has a new
high-tech tool to help them on the scene of an accident or crime.
it comes to car accidents, no one ever wants to be at fault, so it's important
that officers know with certainty how it all went down. That's exactly what the
Findlay Police Department's new tool is being used for.
knew that we needed one of these, and we'd tried a couple of times in our past
budgets to get this approved," explained Police Chief Gregory Horne. "Because
the equipment is $10,000 or more, the opportunity to get something like this is
were using measuring tape and pulling up Google Maps at the site of a crash to
pinpoint exactly where it happened and how each vehicle was involved.
required a lot of follow-up measurements," said Captain Sean Young. "You have
to take several measurements to ensure you're getting the right measurement.
With a device like this, you're certain you're getting the right measurements
the first time around."
called the Total Station, and it's the same tool used by investigators on
Thanksgiving Day at the scene of a fatal crash on the turnpike, that claimed
the lives of a Toledo couple. Lt. Christopher Kinn, crash reconstruction
commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, was at that scene and says
accidents are not the only uses for the Total Station.
type of scene where you need to accurately measure evidence, whether it's crash
or crime, this device can actually locate all of those points in the scene and
then recreate the scene for court purposes," Lt. Kinn said. "That's one thing
that's expected of us in law enforcement. We're expected to be able to show and
prove beyond reasonable doubt, so a tool like this only enhances our abilities.
the best part for the Findlay Police Department: they received the Total
Station for free, as OSHP replaces its old devices with new ones.