WARSAW — Law enforcement officials from Kosciusko, Case and Fulton counties had the opportunity to attend a demonstration of the new B Scan body scanner at the Kosciusko County Jail Thursday, Sept. 20.
Kosciusko County Sheriff William “Rocky” Goshert addressed the Kosciusko County Council in February about the need for a body scanner to detect drugs coming into the jail. Goshert said this type of scanner would likely prevent the introduction of drugs such as Fentanyl from entering the building.
The purchase of the B Scan whole body scanner was completed through Command Sourcing Inc., Charlestown, with on-site training following installation of the equipment.
Scott Woods from Command Sourcing Inc. said officials with the county had two and a half days of training on the body scanner, consisting of everything from the operator’s manual to image analysis.
“It’s a never-ending battle keeping stuff out of this jail,” said Goshert. “By the time you think you have it narrowed down to how they get it in, they figure out another way to do it. It’s a battle.”
“We brought a guy back from Miami Correctional three or four months ago – right before we started really looking into this, and of course as we’re going through it we get him out of our van and bring him in. For some reason, we decided to strip search him, and we found a syringe stuck up his backside,” Goshert stated. “We’ve found the balloons and all kinds of things. We decided this is the best option we have.”
Each inmate is limited to 125 scans per year through the B Scan.
“From everything we looked into, this is by far the best instrument we’ve found,” said Goshert. “It’s the quickest and the safest, we thought, too.”