By Caitlin Centner |
Posted: Wed 3:38 PM, Jan 06, 2016 | Updated: Wed 5:20 PM, Jan 06, 2016

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – Jailers in Pulaski County are hoping new scanners will help cut down on contraband being brought into the building. They are the first of their kind in the State of Kentucky.

“One of our goals was to make this jail as secure as can be because things were fairly rampant in it,” Major Ron Swartz said.

The Pulaski County Detention Center admits January of 2015 wasn’t the best of times when it came to contraband.

“We were finding drugs,” Swartz said. “We were finding weapons. All kinds of different things.

It was an issue that can have life-threatening implications.

“Overdoses are a very good possibility for people coming in here using drugs. We see them in their detox phase. It’s a real issue. It’s a life-threatening issue for them.”

That’s why 2015 was the year to get rid of contraband. And the jail is the first in the state to use a full body scanner giving them essentially a x-ray image and the ability to view anything the inmate is carrying on them inside and out.

It’s a quick process. It only takes about 10 seconds for a jailer to learn if an inmate is carrying anything abnormal.

Once a scan is taken a jailer can view the image and immediately know if there’s anything abnormal, like this example used for training purposes where there are balloons full of drugs inside of this person.

“They would have to be taken to the hospital for it to be medically removed,” Swartz said.

This is a big step forward for the jail. It means far less contraband making for a safer environment.

“It’s going to be really hard for them to get it in here. Nothing is 100 percent perfect, but this really gets it close.”

The jail hopes to start using the new technology within the next two weeks.