Williamson County Sheriff’s Office using whole body contraband detection system

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has new technology to detect contraband being brought into the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

The Williamson County Board of Commissioners purchased a Command Sourcing B-Scan Whole Body Contraband Detection System.

The new system, already in use, was purchased through the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds that the county received from the Federal Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new detection system cost $138,000. This included the training of the corrections officer who will be performing the scans.

A new whole body contraband detection system can detect items as small as a pill under someone’s arm.

“The detection system will greatly diminish the contraband brought into our facility,” said Chief Jail Administrator Todd Hunter.

The whole body detection system uses transmission x-ray technology employing very low dose rates to screen people.

The scanner produces a high resolution head to toe, whole body image of the person under review in a single pass that is completed in less than seven seconds.

The detection system can detect liquids, all metals and minerals like stones.

Chief Hunter says the sheriff’s office is already seeing results in the prevention of contraband being brought in.

  • Detects objects concealed internally in or externally on the body
  • Contraband and threat detection including: weapons, explosives (plastics and powder), detonators, narcotics, electronic devices, diamonds, precious stones/metals and mobile phones
  • High throughput – scan time less than 7 seconds
  • Complete head to toe inspection in one short inspection cycle
  • State of the art image processing software and zoom functions facilitates efficient image evaluation
  • Very low dose rates per inspection – varies by model
  • Software available to monitor the amount of inspections that a person has gone through in a period of time, as well as to access images from previous inspections
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