Dubai: Dubai Police showcased their latest crime scene investigation bus, which contains all the tools needed to lift evidence from the scene as well as provide live feed of the crime scene to the operations room.
The bus was on display at the exhibition taking place on the sidelines of the 23rd Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine (IALM), which is organised by Dubai Police at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“The bus has been in operation for around four months now, and we keep adding new technology to it,” Lt Col Ahmad Al Merri, Director of the Crime Scene Investigation Department at the General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology at Dubai Police, said.
He said that the bus is one of the first responders at the crime scene and has all the equipment needed to extract all evidence from the crime scene, without damaging or adding to the crime scene.
“The bus can transmit live camera feeds. One is from a camera fitted on top of the bus, one from a camera that is worn by the crime scene lead investigator and one from a drone we use to capture video evidence in open crime scenes, such as the desert or in hard-to-reach places,” he said.
The bus was used at the recent fire in Jebel Ali warehouses. “We used the drone to capture a video of the fire, which helped the forensic fire expert determine the cause of fire and where it started.”
Lt Col Al Merri added that the live feed enables other officers to have access to the crime scene without the need to be physically there.
The samples and evidence taken by the crime scene investigation team is taken to the laboratories for analysis.
The bus has disposable shoe covers, gloves, overalls, masks, protective eyewear, forensics tools such as UV lights, various powders and gelatine for lifting finger prints, to name a few.
The bus is a Dubai Police innovation.