Enhanced Security at Correctional FacilitiesPublished on February 04, 2021
February 4, 2021
New ion scanners will help reduce the risk of contraband from entering institutions and improve safety
TORONTO — The Ontario government is installing ion scanners at 10 adult correctional facilities across the province as part of an effort to combat contraband entering facilities, enhance security, and improve staff and inmate safety.
"Detecting and preventing the entry of contraband is critical to keeping Ontario's correctional facilities safe," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "Our government is committed to equipping our corrections staff with the modern tools and technology they need to do their job safely and ensure continued security."
Ion scanners are security tools used to detect and identify trace elements of drugs and are an added layer of security available to correctional staff to help prevent illegal substances from entering facilities. Adult correctional facilities in Ontario currently use various methods to prevent, detect, confiscate, and reduce contraband within institutions, including body scanners, hand-held and walk-through metal detectors, strip searches, and canine units.
Ion scanners will be operational in regions across Ontario at the following adult correctional facilities:
"This announcement from the government is a testament to their dedication to frontline corrections staff," said Co-Chair of the Corrections Ministry Employee Relations Committee Chris Jackel. "This technological investment will go a long way in providing correctional staff with the added tools to detect contraband before it enters our institutions, enhancing staff, inmate and public safety even further."
Work is underway to train staff at those institutions to have all ion scanners fully operational by summer 2021. This initiative builds on the government's commitment to invest more than $500 million over five years to transform adult correctional services in Ontario. It is also part of a broader strategy to combat contraband in adult correctional facilities.