Kent E. Boots, ACTAR,has over 20 years of experience in Traffic Collision Investigation and Reconstruction, 14 of which were as an on-scene investigator for a major California Sheriff's Department. He has qualified and testified numerous times as an expert in traffic collision reconstruction at trial and depositions and is a court-recognized expert in forensic mapping, total station technology, and CAD scale diagrams including 3D diagrams.
He has been using CAD programs exclusively for over fifteen years. He has received over 250 hours of training in forensic mapping and various CAD programs including ARAS 360, AutoSketch, CrashZone/CrimeZone, MapScenes, and Vista FX (Visual Statement). He is certified as a Forensic Mapping Specialist both with Leica and Sokkia Total Stations. He is a published author on the subject of Forensic Mapping and is a Professional Society of Forensic Mapping (PSFM) approved instructor.
He has taught all levels of collision investigation & reconstruction including Computer Aided Diagramming using AutoSketch and CrashZone/CrimeZone. He is a guest lecturer for the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, University of New Haven (CT). He was a part-time instructor for Santa Ana City College, and adjunct faculty member for Riverside Community College.He was also a part-time instructor for the Law Enforcement Training Division of the Office of the Sheriff of Contra Costa County. He is certified by FARO-CAD Zone as a Master Trainer in CrashZone/CrimeZone, FireZone, PocketZone, and QuickScene.
He is a factory trained Bosch CDR Technician (Level I & II) and Analyst. He is also certified by the Collision Safety Institute tor train and certify individuals as CDR Technicians; both Level I & II).
Mr. Boots has been a member of the California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists (CAARS) since March of 1999. He served on the Board of Directors from 2001 through 2010 most recently serving as the Chairperson. He also served as the CAARS Training Coordinator from 2009 through 2011.
He has been a full member of the Professional Society of Forensic Mapping (PSFM) since April of 2000. He served on the Board of Directors twice most recently serving as the President.
He is also a member of the California State Division-International Association for Identification (CSDIAI), the International Association for Identification (IAI), the Northern California Fraud Investigators Association (NCFIA), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the Southwestern Association of Technical Accident Investigators (SATAI).