Hernando County first to implement new crime fighting tool

A new crime fighting tool is in the hands of Hernando County investigators, and they hope it will help them save time and solve more crimes than ever before.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is the first in country to get the rapid screening tool called the Crime-lite ML PRO. Kinsey Boylan, the director of forensic science at the sheriff’s office, said the devices uses light to detect particles on objects, then tales pictures of its findings and prints a report.

Boylan said “It’s going to cut down on the time we spend working on items of evidence. It’s going to find things that could possibly have been missed that aren’t visible to the naked eyes. It can scan for different types of bodily fluids, fibres, hairs, bon, and teeth.”

She said the tool also shortens a workload that could take all day to a fraction of the time. Forensic teams usually do their evidence analysis with a handheld tool and Googles, but Boylan said the machine helps investigators to be even more thorough. 

Boylan added “If you are not quite sure or maybe it had several things on it, it has the option of running through every wave length. As it runs through that wave length, it photographs that image. So at the end of the scan, you are able to see several different images lined up.”

After buying the device, the sheriff’s office said cold cases will also get a fresh perspective.  

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