By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Arrested individuals in Indian River County will soon be processed with a new, state-of-the-art body scanner.
During the Aug. 21 county commissioners meeting, the board unanimously approved a $195,000 purchase by the Indian River County Sheriff's Office for a RadPro SECURPASS whole body security scanning system.
Sheriff Deryl Loar explained to commissioners that the new technology will allow them to more effectively stop contraband from entering the jail and safeguard deputies.
The funds for the new scanner come from an auction surplus, fees paid by registered sex predators and offenders and from the law enforcement trust fund, not the regular budget, Sheriff Loar said.
"It is not a TSA scanner," he said.
The same scanning system is used St. Lucie County, Sheriff Loar said.
The scanner will be placed at the area where arrested individuals are booked and allowed into the facility. The scanner will allow deputies to see if there are any hidden drugs, weapons or other contraband under clothing and takes only eight seconds to scan.
In order to have the same amount of exposure of one chest X-ray, an individual would have to go through the machine 400 times, Sheriff Loar said.
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