The Evansville Police Department Foundation, in partnership with Vectren and the City of Evansville, was instrumental in obtaining a new Ford Econoline Van that is powered exclusively by compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The van is a state of the art equipped Crime Scene Van. CNG runs much cleaner than gasoline and is much cheaper per gallon The van was unveiled at a news conference at the Vectren CNG pump station on November 27, 2012 with several dignitaries present, including Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, Chief Billy Bolin, Assistant Chief Chris Pugh and Vectren Vice President Jeff Whiteside. The Evansville Police Department has the distinction of being the first police department in the state with a CNG powered vehicle.
The Foundation purchased 300 Combat Tourniquets for every officer on the department from North American Rescue. This lifesaving equipment provides officers the needed tools to immediately stop blood flow for any serious wound to an extremity.
Forensic PAL (Personal Alternate Lights)
With help through a grant from the West Side Nut Club, the Evansville Police Department Foundation has purchased Forensic PAL(Personal Alternate Lights) for all of our Crime Scene Technicians. These state-of-the-art portable lights are just like the ones seen on CSI.
The Forensic PAL Personal Alternate Light is a state-of-the-art portable light. Four super-bright, blue light-emitting diodes LEDs create a bright light suitable for a general crime scene search for bodily fluids, fibers and other evidence which will fluoresce in the 450-470nm range. Small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, the rugged flashlight-style housing is shock-proof, waterproof to two feet and has been drop tested at up to 10 feet. Powered by three AA batteries included, the Forensic PAL will last up to 300 hours without any significant power decrease, emitting a steady light regardless of the remaining battery life. The estimated lifetime of the LEDs is approximately 11 years. Each unit includes a three-year warranty, comes in a hard side case and includes two pairs of orange goggles. The Forensic PAL is 17.7cm 7 inches long, 2.5cm 1 inch in diameter and weighs only 0.14 kg roughly five ounces.
With donated funds from the community the Foundation was able to purchase the Nikon DTM 322 Total Station with ARA 360 Diagraming Software. The Total Station is a diagraming tool to be used by Accident Reconstructionists to quickly and accurately map out all the details of an accident scene. With this instrument, the investigator is able to document the scene in minutes, rather than hours.