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Pott. County jail adding full-body scanner to security syste
Tue Apr 17, 2018 06:02

Pott. County jail adding full-body scanner to security system
By Jon Leu Apr 16, 2018 Updated 23 hrs ago 0

Pott. County jail adding full-body scanner to security system

The overhead door damaged in the escape at the Pottawattamie County Jail at 1400 Big Lake Road in Council Bluffs on May 1, 2017.

BH News Service file photo/Kent Sievers
The Pottawattamie County Jail will begin using a SecurPass Whole Body Digital Screening System, a full body scanner, in the next couple of weeks.

The scanner is intended to be used on all incoming arrests, all inmates leaving the building in law enforcement custody and, if applicable, upon their return to the jail. The scanner is intended to further enhance security at the jail, not replace any of the current practices.

The scanner is a low dose X-ray system. At the lowest level, it would take 400 scans to equal the amount of radiation in one medical X-ray. At this level, officials said, federal standards allow a person to be scanned 1,000 times per year.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Rob Ambrose said the sheriff’s office had been discussing the addition of a whole body digital screening system prior to the death of Deputy Mark Burbridge last May 1.

Burbridge and Deputy Pat Morgan were returning Wesley Correa-Carmenaty from the Pottawattamie County Courthouse where he had just been sentenced to 45 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

While in the rear of a sheriff’s office van used to transport prisoners, Correa-Carmenaty was able to unlock his handcuffs with a hidden key. When the deputies pulled the van into an enclosed area at the jail and opened the van’s rear door, Correa-Carmenaty attacked Burbridge with a shiv he had hidden on his person. He was then able to gain control of one of the deputy’s guns with which he shot Burbridge, who died about an hour later, and wounded Morgan. He also shot and wounded a third man during his escape attempt.

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In July, Sheriff Jeff Danker said prices for the machines are in the $175,000 to $200,000 range, with additional costs for yearly maintenance.

The sheriff's office will host a media event to showcase the new scanners and provide more information Monday afternoon.

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