New Security Measure Implemented at County Detention Center

Published on November 13, 2019

A new security measure that will help prevent the smuggling of prohibited items into the Arlington County Detention Center by people who are arrested is now in use, Sheriff Beth Arthur announced today.

[caption id="attachment_23482" align="alignright" width="225"] Sheriff Beth Arthur and Board Chair Christian Dorsey with the new Nuctech body scanner.[/caption]

A Nuctech full body scanner, similar to the types of scanners used in airports, was installed in the processing area of the facility. It is able to detect prohibited items no matter where on, or in, the body the items are concealed.

"This full body scanner will make the Detention Center safer for both inmates and staff by serving as a deterrent to those individuals who may attempt to enter the facility in possession of prohibited items," Sheriff Arthur said.

The scanner is designed to locate drugs, paraphernalia and weapons that an individual may hide on their person or in a body cavity. It will complement existing security measures, such as pat searches.

"The Board is funding a series of improvements at the Detention Center meant to keep both staff and inmates safe," Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said. "We think it is important to leverage technology whenever possible, and the body scanner is a perfect example of that."

The whole-body imaging system uses an extremely low dose of x-rays to provide a non-invasive, but detailed look at the entire body. Exposure is automatically tracked to maintain compliance with all applicable state and federal safety regulations.