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  • 24 Jul 2024 13:24 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    Next month's training on "Body Language for Expert Witnesses" with Alan Moore has been approved for 2 CEUs. Visit the EVENTS tab to register - the confirmation email will include the Zoom link.

  • 21 Jun 2024 18:35 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    Good News, Everybody!

    Next month's Zoom Training has been approved for two ACTAR CEUs. Mark your calendars. Free for NAPARS members, only $5 for everyone else. The show will be recorded and saved in the Reference Library afterwards for members to review later (though CEUs and attendance cert are only for live-viewing). Registration is open at the EVENTS tab.

    See you then!  Peace. -W

  • 20 May 2024 06:39 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    NAPARS is teaming up with the Midwest Center For Traffic Safety for their 3-day conference in Itasca Illinois, Nov 13 -15, 2024, for only $300. (yes, just three Ben Franklins!)

    This event brings together traffic safety professionals including members of law enforcement, prosecutors, safety directors, and
    public and private crash investigators. There will be live crash tests! Who doesn't love crash tests? They are planning to hold an ACTAR test, and will be applying for CEUs for the whole program. Visit their website for more details and to register:


    Stay safe out there! Peace. -W
  • 16 Apr 2024 03:31 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    If you're not on facebook, you can still follow along with the day's recon-tidbit by scrolling down on our website's front page. The past few days seem to be all you can view there, but it's better access than nothing. We recently had a bicycle-related post that got hundreds of comments. Not all of them constructive. This is the interwebs, I guess.

  • 31 Mar 2024 21:22 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    Some time back, I assembled a database of all the articles which have appeared in ARJ & AIQ and a few other places. It includes titles, authors, keywords, my subjective value assessment, and sometimes a little description of what the article contains. Andy Rich was kind enough to provide the programming script to search by either author or keywords. I have updated the list to include the latest ARJ (#200). The Excel file is in the Reference Library. Peace. -W

  • 30 Jan 2024 16:21 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    AnalyzerPro has just offered NAPARS members a 30% discount (50€ or about $54) on their 1-2 hour seminars coming up in May (3D Photogrammetry with Agisoft, offered twice) and April (Basic recon with AnalyzerPro, offered 4 times) Both courses will be held online via Zoom. https://analyzer.at/en/seminare/ AnalyzerPro is a fairly comprehensive package for crash analysis that has been around for decades, mostly in Europe. They are looking to expand in the US market. I will probably take them up on at least one of them just to stay informed of what's out there. The classes are listed in the NAPARS website event page, but registration is at their website.

  • 06 Dec 2023 13:24 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    "Illuminating the Truth: A Systematic Approach to Nighttime Crash Scene Investigation"", 2 hours with Dr. Jeffrey Muttart via Zoom

    Our speaker will be Dr. Muttart, the Director of Research and Training at the Driver Research Institute, LLC, in CT, USA. Learn more at their website: https://driverresearchinstitute.com/

    DATE: Thursday, 04 January 2024
    TIME: 12 noon - 2 pm Eastern Standard Time
    COST: Free for NAPARS member;  $5 for non-members
    LOCATION: Worldwide Via Zoom

    ACTAR: This event will be submitted to ACTAR for CEU consideration.

    Registered attendees will be able to request an  attendance certificate.


     1. Introduction

         Overview: Importance of accurate nighttime crash scene documentation

         Objective: Teach investigators to avoid biases and ensure fairness in documentation

    2. Understanding Nighttime Visibility

         The challenge of nighttime investigations

         Common misconceptions about visibility at night

         Realities of driver perception vs. pedestrian/investigator assumptions

    3. The Role of Bias in Crash Investigation

         How prior knowledge can skew perceptions

         Recognizing and mitigating investigator bias

         Case studies: Biased vs. unbiased investigation outcomes

    4. Signal Detection Theory in Crash Investigations

         Explaining the basics of signal detection theory

         Application in analyzing crash scenarios

         Contrasting results: With and without signal detection theory application

    5. The CAPLETS Approach

         Introduction to CAPLETS: Contrast, Anticipation, Pattern, Lighting, Eccentricity, Time of Exposure, Size

         How each factor influences crash scene visibility

         Applying CAPLETS for comprehensive scene analysis

    6. Hands-on Techniques for Scene Documentation

         "At-scene approach": Practical steps for on-site investigation

         Using a contrast gradient target: Ensuring image accuracy

         Effective methods for taking light meter readings

         Incorporating artificial light sources: Headlights and streetlights

    7. Developing Best Practices

         Rules of thumb for nighttime investigation

         Checklist for investigators

         Avoiding common pitfalls

    8. Concluding Thoughts

         The importance of objective, systematic investigation

         Resources for further learning and practice

    9. Workshop Activities

        Practical exercises on applying the CAPLETS approach.

        Simulated crash scene investigation

        Review and feedback session

    10. Closing Remarks

         Final Q&A Session

         Reminder of investigator’s responsibility for unbiased documentation

  • 03 Dec 2023 19:40 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    The final ARJ for 2023 is Issue #198. It is on the way via email to all 1,409 NAPARS members. Yep, we broke the 1400 barrier! I have uploaded issue #197 to the Reference Library. If you download any of those PDFs, remember that they are copyrighted documents, and Victor has entrusted them to each of us. Please don't abuse that trust, thanks. Peace. -W

  • 08 Nov 2023 20:47 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    NAPARS is pleased to announce that Forensic Mapping Solutions is offering a $100 discount to NAPARS Members for registering for their Pix4D class being offered in Bristol, Tn. The class is scheduled for November 28 - 30, 2023. The link for registering is, https://forensicmappingsolutions.com/pix4d-training-bristol-tn-nov-28-30/.


  • 30 Sep 2023 21:10 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    Membership update:

    The next Accident Reconstruction Journal will be coming out in the next week. Victor will be sending ARJ #197 to 1,382 NAPARS members. Of those, 582 self-identify as "Law Enforcement" (though many were former LE). 524 list an ACTAR number.

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