Local Police Departments Will Soon Have Body Scanners in Them

Law enforcement officials in Cape Girardeau County will soon have the ability to scan people for hidden weapons and contraband because of full-body scanning technology that will soon be installed at the Jackson and Cape Girardeau Police Departments and the Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Office. Members of the Cape Girardeau County Commission recently approved thepurchase of three Adani scanning systems that include extended warranty, software installation along with training that costs a total of $563,571.89 that will be paid for from the county’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act fund. This equipment is being bought from Romaine Cos. of Hopkinsville, Kentucky that specializes in security and infection-control systems for prisons, jails, and other detention facilities. Officials say the equipment acquisition measures up for funding through Cape Girardeau County’s COVID-19 relief fund because it will lessen the potential of being exposed to COVID 19 by lessoning the need for pat-downs and body cavity searches for weapons, narcotics and other items. This equipment will be in operation by the early part of November. Officials say this technology will allow screeners to find concealed weapons, liquids, electronics and even contraband that has been ingested by the individual who is being processed into jail The Adani scanning system’s dual X-ray generators and the imaging detectors will protrude beams of at different angels that allow for multilayered viewing. Officials say these new body scanners have the potential of slowing the spread of COVID 19 because it will be very helpful in cutting back the amount of hands-on contact with detainees or inmates in terms of the coronavirus.

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