LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Courthouse security Deputy Sheriffs have successfully applied for and received a new metal detector from New York State to keep visitors to the courthouse, and the lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers who work there, safer than ever.
The cutting-edge detector, from Rapiscan Systems, uses the same technology that protects military facilities in Afghanistan, tell where metal objects are on a subject’s body, and the metal’s thickness and density.
“The previous detector is 15 years old, and while it is an excellent tool we decided to proactively upgrade,” said Sergeant Aaron Galvin of court security. “It’s great technology and is different from a body scanner, which can show images of people’s bodies underneath clothing and would have to be monitored off-site.”
The detector is now installed and operational in the entryway to the courthouse.
Sergeant Galvin added that the x-ray machine, which scans bags, purses, electronics, wallets and other items that come into the courthouse, will also be updated soon.
Sergeant Galvin added that the metal detector came courtesy of the State and does not carry any purchase cost to Livingston County.
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