COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- It's your money- and a quarter of a million dollars of it is being spent to keep contraband out of the Naples Jail. But two months after its installation, some taxpayers are questioning whether it was worth the price.
The scanner is similar to those causing controversy at airports across America. In only seven seconds, it scans the in's and out's of inmates...giving Corrections Officers a crystal clear view of anything they may try to sneak inside.
"Majority of the time what they do is as soon as they see the scanner, if they have anything on them, they give it up right away," Lt. Keith Harmon of the Collier County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
But what they're giving up, isn't exactly dangerous. While Corrections Officers have confiscated some drugs and a cell phone...of the nearly 100 items taken away- most were deemed harmless.
"The majority of things depending on who we screen, are just nuisance items like loose paperwork, food items, things like that," Harmon said.
With a price tag of about $250,000, some taxpayers are questioning whether the purchase is paying off.
"Quarter of a million dollars to find what? Hidden food items? Let's get real here. Quarter of a million dollars. I think it could have been better spent," Naples resident Mark McManus said Monday.
Collier County Sheriff's Office says it's too early to determine the new tool's overall effectiveness. Still, they are confident it is creating a safer Collier County.
"You can't put a price tag on the safety of the deputies, inmates, and the general public," Harmon said.
Collier County Sheriff's Office said back in February they were planning on applying for a federal grant to help offset the cost of the scanner. There's no word on when or if they'll qualify for that money.