Increasing jail security

By: Ian Margol Email
By: Ian Margol Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) A brand new body scanner will allow the Mesa County Sheriff's Office to identify potential threats before they happen.

The new scanner has officially been installed and will be up and running for incoming inmates no later than November 1st.

The scanner helps deputies identify hidden contraband by highlighting the foreign objects on a screen nearby.

"For officers it's less staff intensive where you need two officers of the same sex to complete a strip search," says Captain Steve Farlow. "You get contraband in the facility then you have potential security issues for staff or inmates, for the entire facility. This'll make it safer for everybody."

Well-hidden contraband can sometimes go undetected since only certain inmates can be strip searched; Captain Farlow says the scanner will help eliminate those cases.

The $160,000 scanner was purchased with leftover funds from the recent remodeling of their booking area.

KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 227738881 -
Gray Television, Inc.