LIVINGSTON COUNTY — Thanks to bargain basement prices high-tech body scanners will be a new security measure at the County Jail
Sheriff Thomas Dougherty initially announced the increased security measure while being interviewed by Bob Lonsberry from 1180WHAM. The new machines became affordable thanks to industry surplus.
“We didn’t have any, because (normally) the cost is so high to get them,” said Dougherty. “The reason we got these is because it’s such a good deal.”
The scanners, which usually run for around $200,000 apiece, were purchased by the county at $15,000 for five of them through a surplus program. The scanners were “too invasive” for airports, however may be utilized much more appropriately in legal enforcement situations.
Previously, Livingston County had used only metal detectors, however these new body scanners will be much more helpful for those involved in criminal service. According to Dougherty, the scanners will be used several times a day, such as “anytime an arrest comes in,” as well as during visitation.
“You get contraband in jails,” said Dougherty, referencing the metal detectors and wands previously used by the county. These body scanners will eliminate any hidden items upon entry into jails – “not only weapons, but drugs.”
These new scanners will be in use as early as next week. Hopefully, the introduction of these scanners will result in a safer environment for those involved in law enforcement within Livingston County.