New Mexico

Santa Fe Police buys new laser technology to process crime scenes

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) - The Santa Fe Police Department will soon be getting new technology that will not only help them out in the field, but also help them in the courtroom. 

Wednesday evening, the Santa Fe city council gave the green light for the police department to purchase 3-D lasers that will help them process crime scenes more quickly and accurately. 

"It's a crime scene investigation tool that we use for crime scenes, indoor, outdoor...it could be a vehicle fatality investigation, or a homicide investigation," said Deputy Chief Robert Vasquez said. 

Deputy Chief Vasquez said right now, it can take days to process and photograph a scene. 

"With this device it takes minutes to a few hours to process a complex scene," said Vasquez. 

He said the lasers won't just speed up the investigation process, District Attorney Marco Serna believes it will also paint a clearer picture in the courtroom. 

"What really makes it helpful for us and [for] prosecuting individuals, is it allows us to put the jury as close to that scene when the unfortunate events originally occurred," said Serna. 

DA Marco Serna said these days jurors want more high tech evidence, which many refer to as the "CSI effect." He said this will give the jurors what they want. 

They've had 3-D technology on the show so people expect that, so when we come with just a diagram at best, they want more," said Serna. 

The Santa Fe Police Department isn't the first agency to invest in the technology. 

"We've had other agencies assist us when it comes to high profile cases, we request their assistance to bring the device out," said Vasquez.

The council approved the purchase of one scanner, but if the need for it is high, they may ask for another. The device costs about $100,000. 


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