PSFM Mission Statement
>> By Laws
recalls that in the lobby lounge of a high profile hotel in
Grand Rapids, MI., a small group of IAARS members, attending
an annual conference, decided to join with their new
interest in electronic ‘total stations’ and create an
organization devoted to furthering the knowledge of how to
document various scenes electronically.
Only one or
two of the initial members had invested in their own total
station purchase while the others were provided for by their
individual law enforcement agencies.
agreed that the “club” would be called the Professional
Society of Forensic Mapping (PSFM). This group was viewed
initially as being a “streets level” users-organization
focused on offering tips, hints, & suggestions on the
application and use of total stations, data collectors, CAD
software for creating to-scale scene diagrams.
is simple and long term. Provide members with a forum for
the exchange of information pertaining to skills &
techniques for the electronic documentation of crash or
crime scenes, using all means available to them. In nearly
all venues, “crime” scenes entail criminal acts whether on a
public highway, mall parking lot, neighborhood park,
up-scale apartment or low income housing.
organized with users of total stations, data collectors,
prisms, & CAD software … regardless of brand name, model, or
version of the Instruments or support equipment/software.
understanding is strong within the current day list of
honorable members who all subscribe, basically, to the
belief that … a. all total stations measure angles & a
distances, some by remote control, others by manual assist,
some with or without prismless capabilities. b. “data
collectors” do just that, collect raw data whether the
feature is stored internally within the total station or
externally by a device using either DOS or WinCE software.
c. all software manufacturers are capable of 2D to-scale
scene diagrams, and d. adequate and relevant manufacturer
certified training on the total station, data collector, and
software is necessary.
elected board of officers is comprised of dedicated members
who’s first compassion is family, next their chosen
vocation, and then PSFM. Your help is needed to further
strengthen our mission. This organization and Webpage is a
“work in progress”.