3-D Camera Gives Law Enforcement Virtual Look At Crime Scene


By Catalina Trivino

Incredible new technology is coming to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Montgomery Police and Prattville Police Department designed to solve crimes faster than ever before.

This device is not your average camera -- it's actually a 3-D camera law enforcement is using to virtually put you at the crime scene. They say it gives them a more detailed look at the scene itself.

It's not a camera you'd use to record a home video. And this is no video game.

Montgomery County investigator, Sgt. Joshua Stewart, says it's a new piece of technology -- a 3-D camera -- that will help Montgomery and Prattville officers document crimes.

 "This can be used in any aspect of any crimes, but the majority of use will be such crimes as rapes, robberies, homicides... major crimes such as that nature," Said Stewart.

We tested the camera during a mock crime scene: here is is the video we took. And this is a virtual perspective of the same scene. Officers say the camera allows them to make measurements, as well, and show more precise details at a crime scene. Deputies hope the new device will help solve cases more efficiently.

"I think it will be a big help in basically what we call who done it crimes where you may have a homicide and you have no suspects no leads or anything... and lets say its five or six years old and a new investigator comes along, he can actually go to the crime scene as it was," Said Montgomery County Crime Scene Investigator, Stephen Smith.

Montgomery residents say they hope the device will be useful when it produces evidence in court..

"It would shed a different light on the case. Maybe [it would] let the jurrors see a different opinion just let them see a birds eye view of what's going on of what happened," Said Montgomery resident, Jane Hicks.

Law enforcement officers plan to use this device during the next major crime scene. Until then, they'll be continuing to train with it.

The 3-D camera is funded through a $70,000 grant from the state Department of Homeland Security.