Skip To Content

Weld County Sheriff’s Office receives revolutionary body scanner for jail

Posted on 07/09/2020

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office received this week a first-of-its-kind body scanner, which was installed at the Weld County Jail to greatly reduce the risk of contraband entering the facility.

Jail deputies received training Wednesday on the Adani CLEARPASS, a high throughput body scanner designed for the corrections, transportation and border protection professions. The unit is similar in design to what travelers encounter at Denver International Airport.

However, the Adani CLEARPASS features innovative software that recognizes threats and utilizes a color-coded system to highlight for a deputy various contraband including electronic devices, dangerous items such as weapons and drugs, and other items not belonging to the human body a new inmate might try to sneak into the jail.

Although Adani has scanners operating in 80 different countries, the Weld County Jail is the first entity of any kind in the world to receive the CLEARPASS system.

“The Weld County Jail has been working diligently to reduce the amount of contraband in the facility and safeguard the citizens in our custody,” said Weld County Jail Capt. Matt Turner. “This ongoing effort has inspired improvements to our deputy training, use of the Weld County Posse to assist with facility searches and the implementation of a single purpose narcotics detection K9.

“The body scanner is a welcomed addition to our already strong response to contraband in the jail.”

Anyone arriving at the Weld County Jail on new criminal charges will be subject to a full body scan. Jail officials also plan on using the scanner if an inmate is suspected of hiding contraband. The agency hopes to have the entire staff trained and the scanner fully operational by the weekend.

The Adani CLEARPASS was purchased for $134,950 to reduce the risk of contraband entering the Weld County Jail. It was paid for with a combination of grant money and county funds budgeted for 2020.

Scans are printable and releasable documents that can be used as evidence in court or obtained by the public through an open records request under the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act.

“The Sheriff’s Office is committed to preserving public safety and while it is unfortunate that this type of technology is required, we believe the body scanner is a much-needed addition for maintaining a safe facility,” said Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams.