Law Enforcement Applications for Ground Penetrating Radar

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) aids law enforcement agencies looking for buried or hidden evidence. Forensic investigators can use GPR to find and retrieve delicate material without causing damage; allowing for more detailed searches. Other uses of GPR in this regard include:

Forensic Investigation with GPR 

Since ground penetrating radar is non-destructive, it has the potential to assist law enforcement in time-sensitive investigations. Using GPR eliminates need for digging or hauling multiple pieces of equipment. Most of our systems, for example, can fit inside a small SUV. They are ready-to-use as long as the battery is charged and the wires are connected properly.

Ground penetrating radar can be used in locating bodies of homicide victims. One notable case includes the 2010 discovery of a missing Delaware man who was buried six feet underground. Here, GPR detected a patch of disturbed soil in a wooded area, and police later confirmed it to be the location of the body.

Buried Caches

Ground penetrating radar can also help law enforcement with finding buried caches such as weapons or other evidence. In many cases, criminals quickly bury caches to rid themselves of the proof of their activities. Unlike metal detectors, GPR can detect nonmetallic items such as drugs and money as well as the soil disturbances caused by their burial.

Buried Structures and Voids

Locating buried structures, like a criminal hideout or underground tunnel, has never been easier. Using a GPR system, law enforcement investigators can cscan a soil surface to detect the void in the soil created by these structures without ever having to break ground. This cuts down the time needed to detect these targets drastically; as no excavation is required to get results with GPR.

Objects Hidden in Walls

Walls are seemingly an ideal space for hiding criminal evidence. They offer long-term storage for both large and small objects, and it is difficult for law enforcement officials to access those items once the wall is resealed.

Since ground penetrating radar can see through a variety of materials including the structural components of buildings, it can aid in detecting foreign object hidden in walls. This is especially significant in criminal investigations where there is the possibility of damaging these hidden items while trying to access them.

Selecting a Ground Penetrating Radar System for Law Enforcement Needs

US Radar recommends the GPRover, Quantum Imager, and Q5 models for criminal investigation applications.

Contact Us and let us know what you’ll be using the radar for and we can help assess your product needs.