When a fatal or serious traffic accident occurs in the City of Decatur, the Decatur Police Department turns to the Fatal Accident Investigation Team (FAIT) to conduct the investigation.
The Fatal Accident Investigation Team (FAIT) consists of a patrol sergeant and eight patrol officers. The officers receive advanced training in the area of accident investigation and reconstruction from Northwestern University Center of Public Safety.
FAIT Officers receive the following training in Accident Investigation:
- Crash Investigation I
- Crash Investigation II
- Lead Homicide Investigator
- Reid Interview and Interrogation Techniques
- Total Station/ Forensic Mapping
- Digital Photography
- Crash Data Retrieval System Technician (Level I and II)
- ARAS 360/FARO Crash Software
The FAIT Unit also includes Traffic Crash Reconstruction Specialists who receive additional advanced training in reconstructing accidents. All Traffic Crash Reconstruction Specialists receive the following training:
- Vehicle Dynamics
- Traffic Crash Reconstruction I
- Traffic Crash Reconstruction II
- Crash Data Retrieval Analyst
In addition, Traffic Crash Reconstruction Specialists can also receive training in specialized fields of accident reconstruction:
- Pedestrian Vehicle Crash Reconstruction
- Heavy Truck Reconstruction
- Human Factors In Crash Reconstruction
- Motorcycle Reconstruction
FAIT Officers are trained in and use the Trimble S6 Robotic Total Station for forensic mapping of accident scenes.