Dear David & Other Agencies:

I wanted to give my opinion on the Advance Faro Training course in case others like myself and other Crime Scene Units were wondering, “what now after the Basic Faro Training” course has been completed?  My agency started looking at the FARO 3D scanner back in November of 2014, and we actually purchased a 330 scanner in December 2014.  Our first training class was set up for the week before Christmas, and we opted to have David Dustin come to our facility to train half of the Crime Scene Unit and two of our Traffic Homicide Investigators.  After the first training class, we took our FARO 3D scanner out to as many scenes as possible to familiarize ourselves with both the scanner and the post software program.  As you can imagine, we encountered some minor problems when we had larger scenes with multiple scans, and I didn’t feel that we knew enough about the plug-in programs for the “Blood Spatter” and “Bullet Trajectory”, (since this information was only slightly touched on in our Basic Training).

To fast forward a bit, David Dustin returned to our agency in March 2015, to complete the second half of our Basic FARO Training, for the other half of our Crime Scene Unit, and Traffic Homicide Investigators.  At that time, I inquired about “Advance Training for the FARO”.  My interests were: how to trouble shoot problems when scans won’t register, how to merge scans, how to use the blood spatter and trajectory plug-ins.  My other concern was that our State Attorney’s Office (SAO) and our Major Crimes Detectives wanted to view and maneuver the scans in the WebShare2go format, and I felt that we did not have a full understanding regarding, how to complete this for them.

Anyhow, this June, my agency had the Advance Faro Training for the Crime Scene Unit.  For us, it was better to have David Dustin, come to our facility for the training, due to manpower shortages.  Having the training at our facility, allowed me to keep technicians on-call after hours incase of a call out.  We were also able to work on problems that were encountered with “active” cases, prior to the Advance Training Class.  We did validation studies at our shooting range, for the trajectory plug-in and spheres.  At the end of the week, David Dustin also gave a presentation to our State Attorney’s Office, so that they would be better prepared regarding court testimony about the scanner.

To sum up, we have been deeply satisfied with both the Basic and Advance FARO training experience.  David Dustin and his son Eric take great pride in training the law enforcement community, and to assist with any problems that occur even months later.  They both are true professionals and I can’t imagine training without them.

Elaine M. Flaherty
Crime Scene Supervisor
Lee County Sheriff’s Office