High tech scanner gives Illinois State Police CSI flexibility during investigations

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 5:26 PM

(KMOV.com) – The Illinois State Police showed News 4 a new high tech piece of equipment that investigators say will help them win cases and keep streets safer.

The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit has already taken this state of art 3D scanner out to record several crimes scenes – it allows them to better record the scene.

“The investigation we’ve always done will remain the same,” said CSI Josh Easton, “The presentation will change dramatically because now we are able to provide a first person perspective for the jury.”

Easton said the scanner gives jurors a much better perspective then the old two dimensional drawings, something the vast majority of police and prosecutors across the country still have to use. The camera is one of only three in Illinois and it’s important because jurors have come to expect a high tech evidence in court.

“I attribute that to the recent rise in popularity in shows like CSI and Law and Order,” Easton said, “They expect to see in the courtroom what they see on TV.”

Easton explains that the goal is to send this camera out to every major crime scene and if any department needs it, they just have to ask the Illinois State Police to come out and record the scene.

The camera and software didn’t come cheap with a price tag of $150,000.

“I don’t think you can put a price on justice,” said Easton, “And that is what I believe this is going to get in the courtroom.”

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly helped the state police get the scanner, helping to apply for a grant to pay for the scanner, the software and training. 

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