New Body Scanner at Alachua County Jail
GAINESVILLE - New technology at the Alachua County Jail allows staff at the jail to search an inmate in less than eight seconds.
Captain Jeff Cloutier with Alachua County Sheriff's Office says this machine, "Securpass" is similar to the body scanners at the airport.
"If you would just take your shoes off," Cloutier said.
The 200 thousand dollar scanner funded through the jail budget, from positions that have not been filled, scans the body in 7 seconds.
Once complete, it pulls up an x-ray version of your entire body.
Cloutier says this body scanner is an additional tool that will keep his staff safe at the jail.
Residents we spoke to are not too fond of learning about the scanner that cost 200 thousand dollars.
"It's just a done deal, with just that one thing 200 thousand dollars there's so much that can be did around Gainesville ," Vernon Riley resident of East Gainesville.
Cloutier says 200 thousand dollars is money well spent.
"Obviously inmate safety public safety but officer safety is paramount we want to make sure the arrestee doesn't have anything on them that could hurt somebody," Cloutier said.
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