Rod Shephard is the principal investigator with Accident Investigation Training Services (AiTS) and is a former police officer with the Devon and Cornwall Accident and Collisions Investigations Unit. When Rod retired from the force he was offered the job at AiTS because of his wealth of experience and expertise in crash scene investigation. Rod is currently studying for his PhD in the field of motorcycle dynamics, aided by the expertise and dedication of Mark Hargreaves and the staff at Datron Technologies. He's an expert in the use and interpretation of accelerometer data and uses this knowledge and understanding to teach police officers throughout the country how to use the VERICOM VC4000 and more importantly how to effectively interpret the data it supplies. Rod spoke to Datron recently and outlined his thoughts about the VERICOM VC4000 and how it had transformed the field of collision investigation.
The VERICOM VC3000 and VC4000 are the latest range of GPS-enabled instruments to be adopted by the Police to aid its collision investigations. These instruments are used for measuring and recording deceleration, co-efficient-of-friction and Skid-to-Stop testing. A total of 18 of the Police Forces in England, Wales and Ireland now use these instruments and more will no doubt follow.
One of the most important activities of Road Policing occurs when there is a fatal or life-threatening road traffic collision on the network. In such instances, the Police are required to investigate the circumstances to the highest possible standard: a thorough investigation process is necessary to ensure that all the legal obligations are met, and that every last piece of evidence is efficiently gathered for any due criminal process that might follow.
Throughout the UK Police Forces are equipping their Collision Investigation Units with VERICOM Brake and Dynamics testers from DATRON TECHNOLOGY.
A total of 18 Police Forces in England,Wales and Ireland are now using the VERICOM VC3000 & VC4000 products with several more planning to order in 2010.
Datron exhibitied at the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (ITAI) Conference and Exhibition on 26th/27th September 2009.The event,which takes place every two years,was at the Hinckley Island Hotel,Hinckley, Leicestershire,U.K.and was held in conjunction with the German-based EVU,an allied organisation.Papers were presented by scientists and practitioners from both organisations to delegates from all parts of Europe,North America and the Far East.
Datron are pleased to be the sole UK supplier of the VERICOM VC3000 & VC4000 range of instruments which are used in Collision Investigation for measuring and recording deceleration,coefficient-of-friction and skid-to-stop testing.