U.S. Embassy Donates Contraband Detection Devices to Bahamas Department of Corrections

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INL Section presents the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services with three cell contraband detection devices. (Photo State Dept.)

Continuing corrections reform cooperation under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section presented the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services with three state-of-the-art cell contraband detection devices, valued at approximately $46,000, on February 25.  The equipment—portable devices that detect cell phones, weapons, and contraband—was provided to enhance the safety and security of the facility.

Commissioner of Corrections Patrick Wright and INL Director Kristin Gilmore participated in a short handover ceremony on Thursday.  At that time, the Commissioner and INL Director received a demonstration of the new detectors, which can screen up to 40 subjects/minute either in/outdoors and can detect cell phones even if turned off or concealed on/in the body.  The Commissioner thanked the U.S. Embassy for its ongoing support in improving prison conditions in The Bahamas, adding the new technology would diminish the ability of inmates to participate in criminal activities.

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INL Section presents the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services with three cell contraband detection devices. (Photo State Dept.)