05/09/2011

Calif. officer takes expertise to Ivy League

The officer's specialty is piecing together traffic accidents and crime scenes with measurements, photos and diagrams

By Sarah Rohrs
Ballejo Times-Herald

VALLEJO, Calif. — It's not exactly a page-turner, but "Fundamentals of Forensic Mapping" could hold someone in the glare of its headlights following the heart-stopping and tire-screeching drama of many car accidents.

The recently published 232-page book is the brainchild of Vallejo Police Department Lt. Joel Salinas whose specialty in maps, photos, diagrams and animated movies of traffic collisions has taken him the world over.

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