Capabilities of remotely piloted aircraft systems for forensic applications

Invited Speaker: Sergeant Mark Forteath (Tas Police)

Sergeant Mark Forteath has been a police officer for 25 years. He is currently attached to the Special Response and Counter-Terrorism Command and is the full time Chief Remote Pilot for Tasmania Police RPAS operations. Mark has 10 years of experience as a crime scene examiner, working in Launceston Forensic Services and later in Western Forensic Services as the Officer in Charge.

Presentation: Capabilities of remotely piloted aircraft systems for forensic applications

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), commonly referred to as drones, have been used by Tasmania Police since mid-2019 to provide aerial support to police operations and investigations. One of the many capabilities RPAS provides is an aerial photography and three-dimensional modelling capability well suited to forensic applications. Three dimensional models offer a completely immersive experience when considering a scene. Measurements can be taken from within a model and angles of interest to investigators reconstructed.