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Collision Reconstruction Program




The Oregon State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit exists to technically investigate motor vehicle collisions and document evidence at crime scenes.  The investigations often involve fatal/serious injury motor vehicle collisions with a criminal element, and homicide investigations. 
 
The Unit is staffed by 46 specially trained investigators strategically located throughout the State to provide services to the citizens and visitors of Oregon through the Department and partner agencies such as the Oregon Department of Justice, District Attorney Offices, Major Crime Teams, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Transportation.  The Unit includes 14 Collision Reconstructionists internationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR), and 32 Technical Collision Investigators.  The Unit is directed by the Collision Reconstruction Unit Program Manager and three Region Reconstructionists, all of whom are ACTAR accredited. 
 
The members of the Unit receive specialized training in the field of Collision Reconstruction to establish technical excellence, and are often called upon to provide expert testimony in the courtroom.  The training includes heavy emphases on evidence documentation, mathematics and physics.  ACTAR accredited members are required to complete approved continuing education coursework. 
 
The excellence of the program is maintained through relevant training to keep pace with advancing technology (e.g. vehicle event data recorders) and to ensure the current and future success of the program.  Quality control and quality assurance is accomplished by a unique and rigorous ‘peer review process’ through which the work product of the Unit is vetted case by case utilizing the Unit’s more highly trained and experienced members.