Calumet County Sheriff's Office to use grant for thermal body scan equipment

Calumet County Sheriff’s Office announced that they have received a Wisconsin Department of Justice Emergency Supplemental Funding grant for $131,500.

According to Sheriff Mark Wiegert, “This is not only great news for the taxpayers of Calumet County, but great news for those working in the criminal justice system in Calumet County.”

The bulk of the money will be used to purchase a thermal body scan/imaging system. The equipment will be installed in the new jail facility and will enhance the department’s efforts to control any attempt by inmates to bring contraband into the jail.

“Inmates bringing drugs into correctional facilities has been a longtime problem for facilities, and using this new technology will help deputies mitigate the problem,” Wiegert said. “Technology such as this is very expensive and would not be possible without help from this grant.”

A portion of the funding also will be used to install polycom and webex communication systems into the new facility. Wiegert said that being able to use technology for inmates to appear in court remotely as well as using it for inmate programming cuts down on inmate movement, saving labor costs and making it safer for those working in the justice system as well as the community.

“We are very excited to bring this much-needed technology to Calumet County in a fiscally responsible way,” Wiegert said.

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