Lance Bess


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 West Jordan, Utah

Lance has over 20 years of Law Enforcement experience and is currently working as a Detective with the Directed Enforcement Division of the Taylorsville City Police Department and primarily investigates traffic-related cases. For over the past 14 years, he has been assigned to investigate major collisions involving serious bodily injury or death and significant property damage collisions. He has been assigned to a multi-agency collision reconstruction team in the Salt Lake Valley and investigated or assisted in the investigations of hundreds of collisions involving auto v. auto, auto v. motorcycle, auto v. pedestrian, and several commercial vehicle collisions. For 7 years he was a certified Federal Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (DOT) inspector where he inspected, enforced, and placed out-of-service commercial vehicles operating on public roadways. He is completing a bachelor’s degree in emergency management and has designed, implemented, and managed a Police Evidence Unit and Storage Facility, a Forensics Unit, and has been a Forensics Investigator. He has obtained specialized training in Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics and is a certified operator of the FARO 3D laser scanner system and software. He has assisted in the investigation and crime scene processing of numerous homicides, suspicious deaths, and officer-involved shootings. Prior to his law enforcement career, he was a construction surveyor and was trained on and used a Total Station and a Trimble Geodimeter. He has trained several police and sheriff departments on the proper use and operation of Total Station. He is an ACTAR (Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction) accredited expert in the field of Collision Reconstruction. His training includes motorcycle collision reconstruction, pedestrian collision reconstruction, heavy vehicle collision reconstruction, light timing analysis, CDR Technician pertaining to data retrieval using the Bosch Crash Data Retrieval software (airbag control module and electronic data recorder), advanced collision reconstruction using CDR data, heavy vehicle EDR (event data recorder), human factors regarding driver perception and response times, occupant kinematics, crime scene photography, and Northwestern University’s Traffic Accident Reconstruction 1,2 and 3 courses. He has been a state-certified marijuana leaf technician and drug recognition officer. He has implemented and managed a Versaterm RMS system and assisted several other agencies in the Salt Lake Valley in best practices, implementation, and training of this records management software. For over 4 years he was assigned to the Communications/Technology Unit of the police department and assisted with updating, maintaining, and managing a police radio system and radios, and department computers and software. He holds a State of Utah Class B with air brakes CDL.