Police traffic investigator Gregg Rowe uses a Total Station instrument to measure distances that traffic investigator Dawn Danley logs into a data collector, as traffic officers get hands-on practice in forensic mapping Thursday at Keopuolani Park. Instructor Brad Booth (behind Danley) and DUI Task Force officer Dennis Arnds (right) hold prism poles that reflect infrared light used to measure distances. Traffic investigator Dukie Racadio (next to Booth) and DUI Task Force officer Jonathan Kaneshiro also participate in the exercise.
Courtesy of The Maui News/Lila Fujimoto photo

The technology that federal investigators relied on to document crime scenes like the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the 9/11 plane crash in Shanksville, Pa., and sniper attacks in Washington, D.C., is being used by Maui police officers, who mapped simulated crash and crime scenes in Kahului last week.

"If the federal government's agencies are using these same type of tools, it gives us the same type of accurate investigation," said police traffic investigator Dukie Racadio. "It's a widely recognized tool to record evidence and diagram scenes."

Racadio was among 13 Maui police officers, including traffic officers and detectives, who received certificates after completing the weeklong forensic mapping course.

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