The West Manchester Township Police Department utilizes two officers trained in crash reconstruction. The certification training includes 240 hours of initial instruction as well as continuing education training and educational seminars.
Crash reconstruction is the scientific process of investigating, analyzing, and drawing conclusions about the causes and events during a vehicle crash. Reconstructionists are employed to conduct in-depth crash analysis and reconstruction to identify the crash causation and contributing factors in different types of crashes, including the role of the driver(s), vehicle(s), roadway and the environment. The crash reconstruction provides rigorous analysis that the reconstructionist can present at trial. Crash reconstructions are done in cases involving fatalities, and often when serious personal injury is involved. Results from crash reconstructions are also useful in developing recommendations for making roads and highways safer.