- Accident Reconstruction Unit -
The Somerset Police Accident Reconstruction Unit is made up of officers who have received specialized training in accident investigation. All reconstructionists have received training from the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training and/or the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM).
The accident reconstruction unit is responsible for the investigation of serious injury and fatal traffic collisions within the city.
Officers utilize a Laser Technology, Inc. total station forensic mapping hardware and software package accident reconstruction and crime scene diagramming.
Prior to the purchase of the total station, officers reconstructing serious or fatal accidents relied on traditional distance measuring tools such as a wheel or a tape measure. The laser-equipped device does the same task faster and with greater accuracy.
The total station works similar to land surveying equipment, utilizing an electronic transit, a glass prism reflector and an external computer.
The accident reconstruction unit consists of Captain Jeff Phillippi, Officers Jeff Girdler, Larry Patterson, Greg Martin, and Eric Moore.