Kent E. Boots, ACTAR, has nearly 30 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 is a published author on the subject of Forensic Mapping and has written articles for Collision Magazine on various aspects of Crash Data Retrieval.
He is a trained Bosch Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Technician and Analyst. He has been certified as a trainer since 2006, training and certifying individuals as CDR Tool Operators/Technicians. Mr. Boots has also attended additional specialized training to trouble-shoot communication problems and obtain data in situations where other technicians might not be able to. He is an Auto Repair Technician and has an I-CAR ProLevel I and ProLevel II Electrical/Diagnostics Technician certification.
He co-instructed the CDR Technician: Train the Trainer Certification Course from 2012-2020 instructing qualified and experienced CDR Data Analysts to train others to the CDR Technician Level.
In 2021 Kent E. Boots & Associates became a Bosch listed CDR Tool training organization. He continues to provide various training courses on available CDR and EDR tools.
He has been a guest lecturer on the subject of Crash Data Retrieval numerous times throughout the United States including the last nine years at the annual EDR Summit.
He has taught all levels of collision investigation & reconstruction including Crash Data Retrieval, Forensic Mapping, and crash/crime scene diagramming. He was previously a part-time instructor for Santa Ana City College, adjunct faculty member for Riverside Community College, and a part-time instructor for the Law Enforcement Training Division of the Office of the Sheriff of Contra Costa County. He has also been a guest lecturer for the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, University of New Haven (CT).
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 is also a member of the California State Division-International Association for Identification (CSDIAI), the International Association for Identification (IAI), the Anti-Fraud Alliance (AFA), Southwestern Association of Technical Accident Investigators (SATAI), and the Washington Association of Technical Accident Investigators (WATAI) where he currently serves on the board of directors.