New technology can detect contraband at Contra Costa County jail

Contra Costa Sheriff's Office has new device to detect contraband at jail
Photos courtesy of Contra Costa Sheriff's Office.

Sneaking contraband into the Martinez Detention Facility will become more difficult with new technology procured by the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office has acquired the Tek84 Intercept Full Body Scanner, which “detects both metallic and nonmetallic threats, including weapons, drugs, cell phones and other contraband,” officials said.

“Screens from below the feet to above the head reveal items under the clothing and within the body,” the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies can maintain a distance of 6 feet while conducting contraband searches.

The device will be used at intake as arrestees are processed and booked into the facility.

“This technology is about safety and security and is one of many steps we are taking to improve our facilities,” said Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston. “This is a win-win. It will help prevent contraband from entering our jails, thus making it safer for inmates and staff.”

Funding for the Intercept, which cost $152,000, comes from federal funds (CARES ACT).