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13-151 Sheriff Gualtieri Unveils New SecurPass Scanner At Pinellas County Jail

Who:
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Detention and Corrections Bureau

RAD PRO SecurPass Whole Body X-Ray Scanner

What:
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has unveiled the Sheriff’s Office new SecurPass, full body digital x-ray scanning system, which will now be part of the booking process at the Pinellas County Jail. SecurPass will serve as an additional security tool to assist the Detention and Corrections staff in the detection of contraband, such as weapons, narcotics or other prohibited items that an inmate may attempt to smuggle into the jail. The systems main purpose is to enhance security and safety for both staff and inmates at the jail.

When:
SecurPass was installed in June of 2013. Following staff training, the system began to be used with inmates during the booking process on June 13, 2013.

Where:
SecurPass is installed in the booking area of the Pinellas County Jail located at 14400 49th Street North in Clearwater.

Why/How:
The RAD PRO SecurPass is an additional state of the art security tool specifically designed for contraband detection. The purpose of Secure Pass is to prevent contraband from entering the jail and to keep the facility secure.

The system, unveiled and showcased during a press briefing at 2:00 p.m. on July 11, 2013 went on line on June 13, 2013, following staff training.

According to Detention and Corrections Bureau personnel, all new inmates to be booked into the Pinellas County Jail will be screened using SecurPass. Any inmate already within the facility may also be searched with the new system. The system may also be used to scan items, such as mattresses, where inmates may attempt to conceal contraband.

The system can detect metals, pills, plastics, drugs, and other unusually shaped items that may be concealed on the inmate’s person.

“In the last 12 months, there were 158 separate contraband incidents detected at the booking process,” explained Sheriff Bob Gulatieri, who unveiled the scanner. Items found, he added, have included firearms, knives, drugs and drug paraphernalia, counterfeit bills, and a handcuff key. “Safety is paramount. Our primary focus is to keep our detention deputies, civilian staff and the inmates safe. SecurPass will provide that additional layer of security.”

SecurPass is minimally intrusive. It takes 8 seconds to perform a scan – with a 360-degree view, and according to Detention and Corrections staff only adds one minute to the entire booking process. Once the scan is complete, the image is then examined by a detention deputy on a computer screen. Only if contraband is detected will the image be stored as part of an incident report. The scanner will not eliminate or replace the need to conduct strip searches.

SecurPass cost was $215,000.

In terms of safety – the radiation dose is stated to be that it would take 500 scans to equal one chest x-ray.

General booking statistical information: there are an average of 47,000 bookings per year or about 128 per day at the Pinellas County Jail.

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