Pictured: Command Sourcing B-Scan Whole Body Contraband Detection System, courtesy of Williamson County Sheriff’s Office
MARION – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is using a new whole body contraband detection system at the detention center in Marion.
According to Sheriff Bennie Vick, the system is being used to detect contraband being brought into the detention center.
The sheriff noted the Williamson County Board of Commissioners purchased a Command Sourcing B-Scan Whole Body Contraband Detection System using funds from the American Recovery Plan Act that the county received from the Federal Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new detection system cost $138,000, including the training of the corrections officer who will be performing the scans, according to the sheriff.
“The detection system will greatly diminish the contraband brought into our facility,” Chief Jail Administration Todd Hunter. “The new system will detect items as small as a pill under someone’s arm.”
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 7 seconds. The detection system will detect liquids, all metals, and minerals, like stones. The new scanner has already been delivered and put into use.
“We are already seeing results in the prevention of contraband being brought in,” Hunter said.