Land Metal Detectors for Police Crime Scene Unit

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Police Crime Scene Unit Metal Detecting

Listed in this section are the All-Purpose Land Metal Detectors suitable for the police crime scene unit's investigation that sometimes requires searching for metallic objects at the crime scene. Also listed here are the Hand Held metal detectors that effectively target all ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel weapons, contraband and other metallic objects which are secreted on or in individuals.

I receive many e-mails from the police officers who seek an advice on what type of metal detectors could be the best for their crime evidence search. Basically they ask me the same question: "What metal detector would be easy to operate and not too expensive just as long as it gets the job done?" This inspired me to create a list of all metal detectors that provide maximum of performance while requiring minimal operator adjustment. The list breaks down into different price ranges thus allowing to find a detector that suits any budget of the Police Department.

Considering the variety of the crime scene unit's metal detecting tasks, from locating the brass shell casings discarded in grassy areas, or detecting the buried evidence (crime weapons, ammunition, etc.), I listed only metal detectors of a Turn-On-and-Go type. Such detectors allow an operator to avoid spending time for tuning and adjusting the metal detector.

The following key-features of metal detectors are essential for the police metal detecting tasks:

  • Automatic Ground Balance (a mode of operation in which the detector is adjusted to optimally reduce the interference that ground mineralization imposes) - to avoid the annoying process of tuning and adjusting the detector.
  • Automatic Ground Tracking and Tuning (Automatic Retuning - continuous control of circuit drift caused by mineral interference) - to avoid re-adjusting your metal detector to changing ground conditions.
  • Waterproof/Submersible Search Coil - to metal detect in shallow waters (the control box cannot be submersed). More expensive and advanced metal detectors have optional, 3-3/4 inch, 5 inch, 8 inch, 9.5 inch and 10-1/2 inch interchangeable search coils.
  • LCD Display - Liquid Crystal Display, preferrably with a back light (for night operations), wich indicates battery condition, depth level, sensitivity indicator and target icons, and Full Discrimination on LCD Readout: Iron/Aluminum/Copper/Silver/Gold/Coins/Trash
  • Pinpoint facility for accurate location and careful recovery of targets
  • Full Range Notch Discrimination (to manually "notch-out" a specific range of metallic items). More advanced dual coordinate "Dot" Discrimination allows to discriminate all targets but one particular type - for example, the detector will locate only 9mm brass shell casings without "picking up" other metallic objects, including junk (bottle cups, foil, coins, etc.) present at the crime scene. Dual Coordinate Discrimination is available only on the Minelab's Explorer, E-Trac and CTX 3030 metal detectors (see below).
  • Lightweight and Durable Construction with 3 Piece Breakdown (breaks down into a compact package)

Each price range includes a list of those key-features that are available on detectors in that category. The number of key-features increases in each price range consecutively.

Most of the police metal detecting tasks can be carried out with cheap metal detectors, even with the most primitive Land Junior Metal Detectors, but with these machines it will take a crime unit much longer time to accomplish their work. The advanced metal detectors will provide a faster and more accurate locating of all targets saught, thus allowing to cut metal detecting time considerably.

NOTE: On today's market, there are two metal detectors specifically developed for police crime scene investigations and metallic crime scene evidence recovery - Garrett CSI Pro and Nokta 109 Deep Pro, however, all metal detectors in a list below can very well serve the purpose and are worth of consideration.

Below is a full list of all metal detectors in question available on the market today. Here you will be able to compare Reviews and Ratings from real users, + metal detectors' Features, Specifications, Prices, and Images - all information to help you select the right machine.

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REVIEWS for Metal Detectors Suitable for Police Investigative Search:

PRICE RANGE: $29 - $99

Key-Features:

  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 6 inches deep only
  • Full automatic operating system
  • Waterproof search coil
  • Some offer Pinpoint facility and a headphone jack

Metal Detectors:

PRICE RANGE: $100 - $149

Key-Features:

  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 7 inches deep; larger objects up to 2 feet
  • Automatic Tuning
  • Automatic ground balance
  • Waterproof search coil
  • Some offer Pinpoint facility and visual LED indicator (lighting green when a good target is located)
  • 1/4 inch headphone jack

Metal Detectors:

PRICE RANGE: $150 - $199

Key-Features:

  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 8 inches deep; larger objects up to 2 feet
  • Turn-On-and-Go operation
  • Automatic Tuning
  • Automatic ground balance
  • Full range discrimination
  • Large LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Coin Depth Indicator
  • Waterproof search coil
  • Some offer Tone ID
  • Pinpoint facility
  • 1/4 inch headphone jack

Metal Detectors:

PRICE RANGE: $200 - $299

Key-Features:

  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 8 inches deep; larger objects up to 3 feet
  • Turn-On-and-Go operation
  • Automatic Tuning
  • Automatic ground balance
  • Full range discrimination
  • Large LCD Display
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Coin Depth Indicator
  • Waterproof search coil
  • Tone ID, 3 Levels
  • Pinpoint facility
  • 1/4 inch headphone jack
  • 3 Piece Breakdown Stem breaks down into a compact package for travel
  • Longer (25 hours) battery life
  • Some offer optional Interchangeable search coils

Metal Detectors:

PRICE RANGE: $300 - $399

Key-Features:

  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 9 inches deep; larger objects up to 4 feet
  • Turn-On-and-Go operation
  • Automatic Tuning, Ground Track
  • Automatic ground balance
  • Large LCD Readout System
  • Full Discrimination on LCD Readout: Iron/Aluminum/Copper/Silver/Gold/Coins/Trash
  • No Motion All Metal Mode of Operation
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Coin Depth Indicator
  • Waterproof search coil
  • Tone ID, 3 Levels
  • No-motion Pinpointing
  • 1/4 inch headphone jack
  • 3 Piece Breakdown Stem breaks down into a compact package for travel
  • Longer (25 hours) battery life
  • Some offer optional, 3-3/4 inch, 5 inch and 10-1/2 inch Interchangeable search coils
  • Lightweight and durable construction

Metal Detectors:

PRICE RANGE: $400 - $499

Key-Features:

  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 10 inches deep; larger objects up to 5 feet
  • Turn-On-and-Go operation
  • Automatic Tuning, Ground Track
  • Automatic ground balance
  • Full Range Notch Discrimination (to manually "notch-out" a specific range of items)
  • Large LCD Readout System
  • Full Discrimination on LCD Readout: Iron/Aluminum/Copper/Silver/Gold/Coins/Trash
  • No Motion All Metal Mode of Operation
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Depth Indication
  • Submersible search coil
  • Tone ID, 3 Levels
  • No-motion Pinpointing
  • 1/4 inch headphone jack
  • 3 Piece Breakdown Stem breaks down into a compact package for travel
  • Longer (25 hours) battery life
  • Some offer optional, 3-3/4 inch, 5 inch and 10-1/2 inch Interchangeable search coils
  • Lightweight and durable construction

Metal Detectors:

PRICE RANGE: $500 - $599

Key-Features:

  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 10 inches deep; larger objects up to 5 feet
  • Turn-On-and-Go operation
  • Automatic Tuning, Ground Track
  • Automatic ground balance
  • Full Range Notch Discrimination (to manually "notch-out" a specific range of items)
  • Large LCD Readout System with Easy-to-Read Graphics
  • Full Discrimination on LCD Readout: Iron/Aluminum/Copper/Silver/Gold/Coins/Trash
  • No Motion All Metal Mode of Operation
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Depth Indication
  • Submersible search coil
  • Tone ID, 4 Levels; some offer 8 distinctive audible tones for different metals
  • Trigger Pinpointing switches to "All-Metal" for easy pinpointing
  • 1/4 inch headphone jack
  • 3 Piece Breakdown Stem breaks down into a compact package for travel
  • Slide-in 8 "AA" battery system delivers up to 50 hours of battery life
  • Optional, 3-3/4 inch, 5 inch, 8 inch, 9.5 inch and 10-1/2 inch Interchangeable search coils
  • Lightweight and durable construction

Metal Detectors:

PRICE RANGE: $600 - $699

Key-Features:

  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 10 inches deep; larger objects up to 5 feet
  • Turn-On-and-Go operation
  • Fully automatic ground tracking and tuning - use on all soil types
  • Full Range Notch Discrimination (to manually "notch-out" a specific range of items)
  • LCD Meter indicates battery condition, depth level, sensitivity indicator and target icons
  • Full Discrimination on LCD Readout: Iron/Aluminum/Copper/Silver/Gold/Coins/Trash
  • No Motion All Metal Mode of Operation
  • Built-in loud audio speaker - let's you hear finds even in noisy areas
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Depth Indication
  • Submersible search coil
  • Tone ID, 7 Levels; some offer 8 distinctive audible tones for different metals
  • Trigger Pinpointing switches to "All-Metal" for easy pinpointing
  • 1/4 inch headphone jack
  • 3 Piece Breakdown Stem breaks down into a compact package for travel
  • lower adjustable stem - Easily adjust to users height
  • Slide-in AA battery pack for up to 40 hours of hunting
  • Optional, 3-3/4 inch, 5 inch, 8 inch, 9.5 inch and 10-1/2 inch Interchangeable search coils
  • Lightweight and durable construction
  • Built-in detector stand - Keeps detector off the ground. No dirt, no sand

Metal Detectors:

PRICE RANGE: $700 - $799

Key-Features:

  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 12 inches deep; larger objects up to 5 feet
  • Turn-On-and-Go operation
  • Fully automatic ground tracking and tuning - use on all soil types
  • Automatic Ground Balance (from mountain minerals to salt water)
  • Full Range Notch Discrimination (to manually "notch-out" a specific range of items)
  • LCD Meter indicates battery condition, depth level, sensitivity indicator, target icons and more
  • Full Discrimination on LCD Readout: Iron/Aluminum/Copper/Silver/Gold/Coins/Trash
  • No Motion All Metal Mode of Operation
  • Built-in loud audio speaker - let's you hear finds even in noisy areas
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Depth Indication
  • Overload alert
  • Submersible search coil
  • Tone ID, 7 Levels; some offer 8 distinctive audible tones for different metals
  • Trigger Pinpointing switches to "All-Metal" for easy pinpointing
  • 1/4 inch headphone jack
  • 3 Piece Breakdown Stem breaks down into a compact package for travel
  • lower adjustable stem - Easily adjust to users height
  • Slide-in AA battery pack for up to 40 hours of hunting
  • Nicad Rechargeable system available
  • Optional, 3-3/4 inches, 5-inch, 8-inch, 9.5-inch and 10-1/2 inches interchangeable search coils
  • Lightweight and durable construction
  • Built-in detector stand - Keeps detector off the ground. No dirt, no sand

Metal Detectors:

PRICE RANGE: $800 - $899

Key-Features:

  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 13 inches deep; larger objects up to 5 feet
  • 5 Turn-on-and-Go Programs
  • Fully automatic ground tracking and tuning - use on all soil types
  • Automatic Ground Balance (from mountain minerals to salt water)
  • Full Range Notch Discrimination (to manually "notch-out" a specific range of items)
  • LCD Meter indicates battery condition, depth level, sensitivity indicator, target icons and more
  • Full Discrimination on LCD Readout: Iron/Aluminum/Copper/Silver/Gold/Coins/Trash
  • No Motion All Metal Mode of Operation
  • Built-in loud audio speaker - let's you hear finds even in noisy areas
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Depth Indication
  • Overload alert
  • Submersible search coil
  • Wet-sand operation
  • Tone ID offer distinctive audible tones for different metals
  • Trigger Pinpointing switches to "All-Metal" for easy pinpointing
  • 1/4-inch headphone jack
  • 3 Piece Breakdown Stem breaks down into a compact package for travel
  • lower adjustable stem - Easily adjust to users height
  • Slide-in AA battery pack for up to 40 hours of hunting
  • Nicad Rechargeable system available
  • Optional, 3-3/4 inches, 5-inch, 8-inch, 9.5-inch, 10-1/2 and 15 inches interchangeable search coils
  • Lightweight and durable construction
  • Built-in detector stand - Keeps detector off the ground. No dirt, no sand
  • Control box can be handle or hip mounted

Metal Detectors:

PRICE RANGE: $900 - $999

Key-Features:

  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 13 inches deep; larger objects up to 5 feet
  • 5 Turn-on-and-Go Programs
  • Fully automatic ground tracking and tuning - use on all soil types
  • Automatic Ground Balance (from mountain minerals to salt water)
  • Full Range Notch Discrimination (to manually "notch-out" a specific range of items)
  • LCD Meter indicates battery condition, depth level, sensitivity indicator, target icons and more
  • Full Discrimination on LCD Readout: Iron/Aluminum/Copper/Silver/Gold/Coins/Trash
  • No Motion All Metal Mode of Operation
  • Built-in loud audio speaker - let's you hear finds even in noisy areas
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Depth Indication
  • Overload alert
  • Submersible search coil
  • Wet-sand operation
  • Tone ID offer distinctive audible tones for different metals
  • Trigger Pinpointing switches to "All-Metal" for easy pinpointing
  • 1/4-inch headphone jack
  • 3 Piece Breakdown Stem breaks down into a compact package for travel
  • lower adjustable stem - Easily adjust to users height
  • Drop-in battery compartment
  • Optional Interchangeable search coils

Metal Detectors:

PRICE RANGE: $1,000 - $1,299

Key-Features:

  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 14 inches deep; larger objects up to 5 feet
  • 9 Turn-on-and-Go Programs
  • Fully automatic ground tracking and tuning - use on all soil types
  • Automatic Ground Balance (from mountain minerals to salt water)
  • Full Range Notch Discrimination (to manually "notch-out" a specific range of items)
  • LCD Meter indicates battery condition, depth level, sensitivity indicator, target icons and more
  • Full Discrimination on LCD Readout: Iron/Aluminum/Copper/Silver/Gold/Coins/Trash
  • No Motion All Metal Mode of Operation
  • Built-in loud audio speaker - let's you hear finds even in noisy areas
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Depth Indication
  • Overload alert
  • Submersible search coil
  • Wet-sand operation
  • Tone ID offer distinctive audible tones for different metals
  • Trigger Pinpointing switches to "All-Metal" for easy pinpointing
  • 1/4 inch headphone jack
  • 3 Piece Breakdown Stem breaks down into a compact package for travel
  • lower adjustable stem - Easily adjust to users height
  • Drop-in battery compartment
  • Optional Interchangeable search coils
  • Belt, hip, or chest mountable

Metal Detectors:

PRICE RANGE: $1,200 - $1,499

In this price range, a leading group of metal detectors consists of Minelab FBS machines - Minelab Explorer SE (also Minelab Explorer SE Pro) and Minelab E-Trac (the latest model of this Minelab's line is Minelab CTX 3030 described in the following price range).

Besides having a sufficient number of key-features for the crime scene investigative metal detecting, these detectors feature a dual-coordinate Discrimination scale. It allows an operator to set the discrimination pattern that accepts only one particular target, for example, a brass casing for the .22 caliber bullet, anything else, including targets with the same conductivity but different iron content, would be rejected (not indicated) by the machine. No other metal detector on the today's market has this capability.

General Specifications of Minelab Explorer SE and E-Trac:

  • Turn-On-and-Go Operation
  • Detecting depth of coin-sized objects up to 16 inches deep; larger objects up to 5 feet
  • Fully automatic ground tracking and tuning - use on all soil types
  • Automatic Ground Balance (from mountain minerals to salt water)
  • Technology: Full Band Spectrum (FBS)
  • Transmit Frequency: 28 Frequencies (1.5, 3, 4.5....100kHz)
  • 2-Dimensional Custom Selection Discrimination
  • Saved Discrimination Patterns: 6
  • User Saved Settings (audio, tones, etc.)
  • Digital Meter: Smartfind Technology
  • Learn Function (Accept/Reject)
  • Built-in loud audio speaker - let's you hear finds even in noisy areas
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Depth Indication
  • Submersible search coils
  • Tone ID offer distinctive audible tones for different metals
  • 1/4 inch headphone jack
  • Configuration: Shaft mounted; breaks down into a compact package for travel
  • lower adjustable stem - Easily adjust to users height
  • Slide-in 8 AA battery pack for up to 40 hours of hunting or NiMH Rechargeable Battery: 9.6V, 1600mAh
  • Batteries: (8) 1600 mAh NiMH or Alkaline batteries
  • Mains Charger: 110V (USA), 230V (EU), 240V (AUS)
  • Charger: 12V, Cigarette lighter plug
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs (excluding batteries)
  • Optional, 7-1/2" Double D (DD) , 8" DD, 10.5" DD and 15" DD Interchangeable search coils
  • Detector Stand
    Retail Price: $1,400.00

PRICE RANGE: $1,500 - $2,499

In this price range, there are two outstanding metal detectors - Minelab CTX 3030 and XP Deus, that are the most advanced machines on the market today.

And between these two, only the XP Deus could be considered the most efficient detector for the crime scene investigative work because it is totally wireless (no headphone or search coil cords), featherlight (it weighs only 0.87 kg (1.8 lbs) against 2.36 kgs (5.20 lbs) of the Minelab CTX 3030, unmatched by any other metal detector in performance, and the easiest to operate.

During the search, the coil with a lower shaft can be detached from the main shaft to detect metallic objects lost or hidden inside small, confined spaces.

General Specifications of XP Deus:

  • Turn-On-and-Go Operation
  • Choice of Operation Frequency out of 4: 4kHz, 8kHz, 12kHz, or 18kHz
  • Power and Recovery adjustable (from 2 to 7 times faster than any other metal detector)
  • Audio Response, Iron level, Multi tone, Notch, Discrimination etc.
  • Many advanced functions (Expert)
  • Ground balance: Tracking, Pumping, Manual, Beach
  • Motion and Non-Motion
  • Extended Conventional Discrimination range, with even greater precision for Iron
  • Tonal Discrimination
  • Pre-configured factory programs (11 Turn-On-and-Go programs) and memory of personal programs
  • Wireless digital link, multi-channel automatic (36 channels)
  • Fully telescopic S-shaped shaft
  • Remote Control pocket sized (hip mount case provided), held by neodymium magnet, graphic display with low power consumption backlight and intuitive screen.
  • 9" or 11" Carbon fibre impregnated 2D search coil, both light and waterproof including coil cover. The ultra-miniature digital circuit, which is integrated in the search coil, processes the information and sends it to the headphones and remote control in real time via a radio link.
  • Wireless Headphones: Wireless Backphone (with transport case), light and foldable (Backphone removable), with its own operation controls and screen.
  • USB standard protocol to recharge and download new software/update (via XP website)
  • Weight: 875g without wireless remote control (hip-mountable)
  • Lithium battery, very compact (7g)
  • Battery life for Coil: about 10h (depending on power and frequency)
  • Battery life for Remote Control and Backphone: 28 hours
  • Fast and intelligent charger, Charge simultaneously the 3 elements (Remote control, Coil & Backphones in 90min)
  • Warranty: 2 years, battery and charger included
AUDIO HEADPHONES SPECIFICATIONS:
  • Wireless backphone with its own operation controls and screen
  • Light and foldable (backphone removable to replace it easily)
  • Can control the detector alone: in the absence of the remote control, the headphones enable you to adjust all the main detection settings (Sensitivity, Discrimination, Ground Balance, Frequency (4 kHz, 8 kHz, 12 kHz, 18 kHz), Multi-Tones, Volume, etc.)
  • 11 Factory programs are available
  • Lithium battery and charger provided
  • ABS transport case

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