Innovative Technology Helps Responders After Mass Violence Events

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Visit to read a new article from the National Institute of Justice, “Using Innovative Technology to Investigate Targeted Mass Violence: What the Future Holds”.

After a mass violence event, law enforcement officers and other response personnel must work quickly to secure the scene, protect the public from further harm and begin investigation. In these often chaotic crime scenes, new technology can improve investigation safety and efficiency. This article discusses several new tools, including:

  • Hyperspectral cameras which can detect chemical stains, latent fingerprints and bodily fluids;
  • 3-D scanning scene reconstruction for estimating the size and location of a charge after an explosion; and
  • Unmanned aircraft systems used to map and document complex crime scenes.