Don’t be a ‘Soft Target’.

With the National Terror Level elevating every week, the FBI and Homeland Security has recently announced that there is a real and credible threat to so called “Soft Targets” inside of the United States. These are basically any venue or facility that does not have direct security and active countermeasures to combat a threat.

3CON, LLC has the ability to completely document your facility and deliver that data directly to local, state and federal officials for emergency response planning.This technology greatly enhances the ability for authorities to respond efficiently.

Some of the areas that should be considered are as follows:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Larger Bars/Nightclubs
  • Concert Venues
  • Courthouses
  • Airports (small to medium)
  • Rail stations

For more information, contact 3CON, LLC at 888/316-4399 or contact@608design.com.

References:  See this news story dated April 20th, 2016.

3D Scanning Turns Back The Clock

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – What if you could roll back time and step into a crime scene from ten years ago?

It’s already happening in West Michigan.

Newschannel 3 got a front row seat to astonishing 3D imagery that’s helping Michigan State Police solve cold case crimes.

Imagine being able to take a witness back to the crime scene years later and see what they did from their vantage point.

Or how about riding in a suspect’s vehicle at night to try and discover if they were telling the truth?

Michigan State Police are calling this new forensic tool priceless and its saving them years of investigative work.

They say the Jodi Parrack murder case is a prime example.

“The truth is always there. The question is, can you uncover it?

The night of November 8th, 2007, 11-year-old Jodi Parrack disappeared. Dozens were frantically searching for the little girl and some ended up driving through Constantine Cemetery.

“Were they suspects or were they witnesses?” said Det. Sgt. Shane Criger with Michigan State Police.

Detective Sergeant Shane Criger was one of the investigators dedicated to finding out.

It was this tombstone where police say Parrack’s mother discovered her body, and this silver bike was lying on the ground nearby.

“It was very hard for us to understand how they can drive so close to the body without seeing the body or the bike,” said MSP Det. Sgt. Criger.

For several years, state police went back to the cemetery on the anniversary of Parrack’s murder to try and replicate the crime scene.

But it wasn’t until 2012 Duane Redding was called in to help.

“We can put ourselves quite literally anywhere inside the cemetery,” said Redding.

Redding is the creator of Visual Litigation, his company 3CON is pioneering the use of 3D laser scanning.

He was able to accomplish in two weeks what state police tried doing for three years the old-fashioned way.

“What the data is, is what the data is. It can’t be flavored, it can’t be manipulated. If you want to go to the truth, in my opinion, this is one of the best tools forensically since DNA,” said Redding.

This is what it looks like. Its name is Faro 330.

“Basically, a laser goes out and does measurements up to a million points a second and creates a 3D reference of the environment,” said Redding.

Redding took Faro to Constantine Cemetery and after 18 scans in different locations, the laser virtually painted the environment into one model.

“With this technology we can actually extrapolate three dimensional information from it,” said Redding.

The information was then added to satellite photos and meteorological data from the night Parrack was murdered.

“So we knew what the dew point was, haze, fog, we knew how much of the moon was out that night,” said Redding.

Redding calls it a giant jigsaw puzzle in the form of a mathematical equation. State police call it invaluable.

“The biggest thing this is going to do for us, is allow us to go back to the crime scene at the day and time it happened, at any time, forever,” said MSP Det. Sgt. Criger.

At one time detectives were looking at nearly a dozen possible suspects. Each drove a different kind of vehicle and each had a different story to tell.

So Redding programmed the make and model of the vehicle’s headlights into his crime map.

“We can then determine what was the lumina factor of the lights, the typical distance, the angling,” said Redding.

Detective Criger says the information drastically whittled down the suspect list and saved massive amounts of time.

“Kind of get a different perspective now that it’s all done and over with, don’t ya?” asked Redding.

This week, we were there as Redding went back to Constantine Cemetery for the first time since helping state police years ago.

“In one night you live every nightmare a parent can possibly have,” said Redding.

With Parrack’s killer now in prison, he tells us as a father he was overcome by emotion realizing his 3D technology played a part in finding Jodi justice.

“It doesn’t change what has happened, but it can help close that chapter, that book, seems like it’s worth it,” said Redding.

The 3D scans are now being used by defense attorneys in court.

Redding says there’s a case right now in Cleveland, Ohio where scan data may exonerate a suspect.

 

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3CON, LLC announces new affiliate offices in Michigan and Iowa.

3CON, LLC continues to expand now offering in-state services via affiliated firms in Michigan and Iowa. Please contact us for more details.

2015 3D Scanning Forensic training and certifications

3CON, LLC is announcing the implementation of the 2015 Public Safety Certified Law Enforcement Officers (CLEO) training agenda. As in previous years, these courses will be offered ONLY to certified law enforcement agencies and/or their counterparts in proprietorial and medical positions. The training and certification is part of the new F.I.R.S.T. initiative for 3D scanning certification on the Mantis-Vision F5 & F5 SR-1, FARO Focus3D and Trimble TX5 scanners.

3CON, LLC and Redding Forensics, Ltd. assist in Boston Strangler exhumation

Boston, MA – Redding Forensics, Ltd. was on hand to assist the crime scene members of the Boston Police Dept. in the exhumation of the suspected Boston Strangler.

The case of the Boston Strangler had remained officially opened for more than forty years, mostly due to the fact that there had previously been little or no evidence to link the main suspect, Albert Desalvo, to the crimes. That may have all changed.

The body of Albert Desalvo was exhumed by local authorities to conduct a final DNA comparative analysis which should show once and for all if he was in fact the individual responsible for the slayings that held a community in fear during the late 1960s.

Redding Forensics, Ltd. represented by Mr. Duane N. Redding and Cpl. Kris Mayer (Davenport Police Department) were in Boston conducting a training and certification for the Boston Police Crime Scene Unit on 3D scanning. The department has recently acquired an introductory grade scanner, and was finalizing their training when the announcement came that the exhumation was to take place.

“I was impressed with the care and respect shown by the Boston Police and other officials during the exhumation of Mr. Desalvo. There was great care taken to show respect to the suspect’s remains, as well as other individuals interned at the cemetery.” said Redding after the process.

When questioned by a local reported as to whether or not he believed this would finally solve the mystery, he replied “I think it’s far too early to speculate. Obviously the police have a good reason or they wouldn’t be doing this.”

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis went on the record by saying “It was a long time ago, but nobody forgets it.” Davis had devoured newspaper articles about the Boston Strangler as a grade school student in Lowell, MA.

Story: Boston Globe

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Davenport police show off 3-D laser scanner

Originally Posted Online: Nov. 28, 2012, 8:31 pm

Last Updated: Nov. 28, 2012, 9:29 pm
By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

The first 3-D laser scanner used by police in Iowa has been purchased by the Davenport Police Department and will be used to reconstruct replicas of major incident scenes.

The department worked nearly two years to research and acquire the Faro Laser Scanner, which can be used to reconstruct scenes of shootings, arson, homicides and vehicle crashes, as well as document blood spatter and bullet trajectories.

“I think the stuff people see on TV is fake; this is reality,” Davenport police Cpl. Kris Mayer said, adding that the scanning technology will allow lasting preservation of evidence.

“You have the Polaroid, then you had film, then you had digital. So we’re still presenting that evidence, we’re just presenting it in a different way.”

The project cost about $71,111, including the $43,000 scanner, training, software, accessories and maintenance agreements. About 99 percent of that was funded with grants, including $67,185 from the Scott County Regional Authority, $1500 from Redding Forensics, Ltd. and $1,900 from a department-run class.

The Scott County State’s Attorney’s Office and Bi-State Regional Commission were among those involved in the project.

Crime scenes that used to take hours, if not days, to comb over now can be scanned in about 30 minutes with the scanner, which the department has been using since August.

In addition to aiding police investigations, the 3-D renderings can be saved and submitted as evidence to show to juries during trials, Cpl. Mayer said at a news conference Wednesday at the Davenport Police Department.

“I’ve been in court many times where the question is posed, ‘What was this area of the scene like?’ Well, if it wasn’t photographed at the time, nobody knows. All I can do is to describe it to the best of my knowledge. Whereas now, with this equipment, you scan a scene and that entire area is saved indefinitely,” he said.

In the courtroom, the scanner will recreate a crime scene more “vividly,” Scott County State’s Attorney Michael Walton said during the news conference. It has not yet been used in a Scott County court case.

“The days of us walking into a courtroom with a easel and a pad of paper are changed.We’ve got to keep up with this technology,” Mr. Walton said, adding that in order to be admissible in court, the scans will have to be verified as accurate by witness testimony.

The machines have been used in larger police departments and in the private sector across the country, and have been accepted in federal courts.

The Davenport police scanner will be a multi-jurisdictional tool and, although primarily used in Scott County, Davenport Sgt. Ron Waline said they will lend the machine to surrounding counties as needed.

A rotating mirror and a laser inside the scanner can measure a scene and create a scan of it, Cpl. Mayer said. Multiple scans then can be combined using software to create 3-D renderings called “point clouds.”

He said those same point clouds often are used to construct the backgrounds and environments found in video games.