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2014-03-27 at 15:39

Reading the scene

By Jamie Smith,
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Every little bit of a car crash can tell a story if a police officer knows how to read it.

It's why this week more than a dozen Thunder Bay Police Service and OPP officers are taking part in a scene-level collision investigation course this week. Collision Reconstructionist Const. Gordon Snyder said officers arriving on the scene of a crash only see the aftermath.

They have to work backward, a process that can take hours and shut down roads depending on the severity, to figure out what went wrong.

"We have to reverse that back and reconstruct what happened to be able to tell a story," he said.

Thursday had the officer at a local towing company looking over vehicles that had been in collisions. They were busy measuring damage and investigating to learn how to collect evidence. Const. Casey Vucko said he's learning the process is part art and part science.

He wanted to get involved in order to expand his knowledge.

"Any experience I can get outside of basic training is great," he said. "Every bit of training helps."

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It can also be a bit fun. Part of the course had them on an airport runway as Snyder drove a car at high speeds before slamming on the brakes. The skid marks left on the tarmac are a great way to learn how fast a car was travelling if an officer knows what to look for Vucko said.

"Evidence goes away pretty quickly," he said. "That's what we've learned in this course."



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Dockboy says:
An absolute smashing idea!
3/27/2014 4:08:13 PM
razor_burn says:
That just takes common sense. You can't teach that. Even to cops.
3/27/2014 11:49:30 PM
Smitty says:
Really?! The laws of physics are just common sense. Calculating speed using tire marks and the coefficient of friction or vault are all common sense. You have an extremely positive view of most peoples common sense if you believe your statement.
3/28/2014 7:41:39 AM
donnybrook says:
Guess razor_burn didn't realize that basic equations were such a sore spot with you. Buck up, you'll understand it some day!
3/28/2014 12:20:42 PM
RelaxinginMurillo says:
Do vehicles with anti-lock brakes leave skid marks ? Reconstruction is probably a pretty interesting aspect of police work ( I wouldnt be able to take the human tragedy part of it though..).
3/28/2014 6:55:14 AM
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