Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Governor Beshear, KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer Unveil New Crime Scene Response Vehicle
Date of Photo Release: 08/19/2009
(Frankfort, Ky.) - The Kentucky State Police are taking forensics on the road with a new Crime Scene Response Vehicle (CSRV). The 2009 Ford Super Duty Truck is equipped with everything needed for on-scene crime analysis including a generator, trace evidence analysis and a latent fingerprint processing machine.
Painted in KSP Gray and striped in blue, the 8 foot bed carries a service body containing supplies for extensive processing and analysis at major crime scenes.
The CSRV will expedite crime scene investigations by providing detectives with greater storage capacity and state of the art tools to capture all possible evidence at the scene. Enhanced crime investigation will also assist the prosecutorial phase of crimes by providing additional visual evidence that will lead to stiffer penalties for criminals.
When KSP set out to buy its mobile forensic unit, no one flipped open a catalog and pointed to a picture and said, "That's the one." Starting with an empty shell, KSP gathered input from its crime scene detectives to create a wish list of equipment and capabilities.
KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer was determined to get the project moving regardless of budgetary constraints.
"Finding the right mobile crime scene vehicle for our agency was a complicated task. It involved looking carefully at our cases, our expertise, and our budget," said Brewer.
The total vehicle package cost approximately $30,000 and KSP utilized Asset Forfeiture Funds to purchase the vehicle. Asset Forfeiture Funds are the proceeds from the sale of assets such as real property, vehicles, vessels, aircraft and jewelry that are seized by state, local or federal law enforcement during the course of a criminal investigation.
"When the number of murders in Kentucky increases by 78 percent in one year, every possible effort must be made to utilize funds to assist a project that will make the Commonwealth a safer place to live," added Brewer.
A serious crime occurs in Kentucky every 4 minutes and 28 seconds. With the increase in the crime rate, there has also been an increased need for crime scene processing.
Over the past 2 years Kentucky has averaged 190 homicides annually and KSP investigates approximately 50 percent of these cases. Most cases are located in rural areas that have little access to crime scene support.
Crime scene detectives are responsible for the investigation of major Part I violent and property crimes. Aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery are classified as violent while arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft are classified as property crimes.
Brewer plans to provide Crime Scene Response Vehicles at every post and has sought out alternative funding sources to accelerate implementation. In the mean time, KSP's new vehicle will be housed at the Hazard post.
"We looked at statistics and crime trends in recent years and the Hazard post is centrally located to the areas where most Part I Crimes are occurring," advised Brewer.
"Installing these new response vehicles in all post regions will not only be an asset to KSP, but will also be an additional resource for local law enforcement," said Gov. Beshear. "Combining state and local resources, especially during these difficult economic times, will provide the Commonwealth with more efficient and effective crime solving methods that will result in decreased criminal activity in our state."
Hazard post Commander; Captain Scott Miller is excited that his post will be the pilot location for this project.
"The CSRV coming to Hazard Post will be instrumental in assisting our detectives in solving and working major crimes that happen in the Post 13 area. It will provide them with the on-site tools and technology that will make processing scenes more thorough and efficient," said Miller.
"Combining this resource with the exemplar investigations division here at Post 13 will serve the public well. We look forward to putting this valuable tool to use," added Miller.
Citizens who have information about criminal investigations and would like to report it are encouraged to visit the KSP website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org or call 1-800-555-2222.