FACTFILE... on 3D laser mapper
THE Government has invested £3.14 million in an initiative to speed up accident investigations.
It has already spent £2.7 million on the scanners for 27 forces across the country.
The 3D scanner takes 150,000 laser measurements within a four-metre radius.
This produces a perfect 3D model of the scene.
A camera on top of the laser then takes images to add real-life colours to the finished model. And a global positioning system (GPS) also gives an accurate location.
The police are also hoping to roll out the use to crime scenes as well as traffic accidents, although that is in early days.
Currently eight officers in the force’s accident investigation unit have been trained to use the scanner.
They are made by the Austrian firm RIEGL and Swiss makers Leica Geosystems.