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Session No. 7B

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for Collision Reconstruction – Pennsylvania State Police/Maryland State Police

Session Description: This session will look at how the Pennsylvania State Police & Maryland State Police are using Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for Collision Reconstruction. This technology helps to clear incidents faster, provide a detailed scene overview and allows investigators, agencies & the legal system a clearer picture of what occurred at the incident scene.

Moderator: Todd Leiss, Traffic Incident Management Coordinator, Traffic Operations & Engineering, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

  • Program Overview, Corporal Jason Hammil, Supervisor, Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Specialist Unit, Pennsylvania State Police
  • Program Overview, Corporal Steven Schmit, Collision Analysis and Reconstruction, Pennsylvania State Police
  • Program Overview, First Sergeant Colin Bristow, Liaison between the State Police and State Highway Administration, Maryland State Police

Speaker Bios

Jason Hamill has been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for over 15 years. In April 2011, he became a full-time Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Specialist in Troop J covering Lancaster and Chester Counties. Corporal Hamill was awarded the level of full accreditation as a traffic accident reconstructionist from the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) in April 2014. Since May 2017, he has been assigned to the Bureau of Patrol as the supervisor of the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit. In addition to his supervisory duties, Corporal Hamill sits on the ACTAR Governing Board of Directors, is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, and is a certified Motor Carrier Inspector through the United States Department of Transportation.

Steven Schmit is currently a corporal with the Pennsylvania State Police and assigned as a collision reconstruction expert in the Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Specialist Unit.  In addition to his primary role as a collision reconstructionist, Steve routinely teaches collision investigation and reconstruction courses through the Pennsylvania State Police and the University of North Florida’s Institute of Police Technology & Management (IPTM).  Steve attained his ACTAR (#2062) accreditation in 2009. He did his undergraduate degree at Tiffin University in Ohio where he earned a Bachelor of Criminal Justice.  Steve is currently a graduate student, completing a Master of Science in Psychology degree from the same university.  Steve is a Pennsylvania certified Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic, a Pennsylvania certified Safety Inspection Mechanic, a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor for Safe Kids Worldwide, and an FAA certified Part 107 sUAS pilot.  Steve sits on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association as well as the Governing Board of Directors of ACTAR where he serves as a member of the test grading committee. Having investigated, reconstructed, and prosecuted hundreds of motor vehicle collisions during his career with the Pennsylvania State Police, Steve has been recognized as an expert in the field of collision reconstruction in varying local and state courts and during deposition.  Steve is the founder of Susquehanna Valley Collision Analysis, LLC., a consulting business dedicated to the scientific field of collision analysis and reconstruction and, in addition, acts as a Forensic Consultant for EFI Global.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Room 207

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