Mesa County Sheriff’s Office to Install Body Scanner
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Mesa County Commissioners approved a purchase agreement on Monday, for a full body scanner at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
Officials say the opportunity became available because they still have some money left over from the capital investment project, where they remodeled the county's booking area. The nearly $130,000 dollar scanner should help to keep our jails safe and help run the facility more smoothly.
No matter what jail you go to, officials say that they struggle with the introduction of contraband. One of the challenges Mesa County faces is that they don't do a strip search for everyone who is booked, making it hard to detect what some people may bring in.
However, this body scanner will check that, making for a simpler process and a safer jail.
“We want to run a good jail,” said Sheriff Stan Hilkey. “Anytime we do a better job, a job that is consistent with best practices, it limits the liability and that liability extends to the tax payers of Mesa County.
The device is a skeletal scanner and will*not check for tissue. It will be installed right in the booking area and of course, everyone booked will have to go through it.
The approval of the purchase was only the first step of the entire process, and officials say the scanner should be installed and running in the next couple of months.