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Clark County Sheriff advocating for jail body scanner

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Clark County Sheriff says a body scanner could be a long term solution to keeping drugs and other items out of the Clark County jail.

“It'd be just a tool to continue what we're doing, but it basically has eyes where we can't see,” Sheriff Jamey Noel.

Four sweeps since Noel took office in January have produced nine cell phones. Four weapons were found during the largest sweep on Saturday.

Noel says there would be fewer sweeps if the jail had a body scanner similar to those found in airports.

“It's not really intrusive as far as you won't see the anatomy of a body, but it alerts you to an area if it feels like there is something hidden,” said Noel.

He says those hidden items are difficult to detect in a standard pat down. A probable cause is needed for a full strip search. But, body scanners aren't cheap. He estimates the price tag to be $200,000-$500,000. Noel says metal detectors are cheaper, but not as effective.

“There's not much metal, if any, in cell phones and there sure isn't any in drugs so it's not really going to pick up what we want,” he said.

Noel's looking for funding and even hopes for a donation.

He says he doesn't think it will be able eliminate the entire problem, but believes it will be a step in the right direction.

“I don't think we will ever, unfortunately, get every piece of contraband out, but we sure don't want it readily available,” said Noel.

The sheriff says he'd like to get something done within a year.

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