Security enhanced a year after deputy's death

Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 6:12 AM CDT
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A year after an inmate shot and killed a Pottawattamie deputy, the sheriff's office has stepped up the security measures at the jail.

Last year an inmate shot and killed Deputy Mark Burbridge after he freed himself from shackles during transport. He had hid a key in his hair. Deputy Burbridge's death is the reason why the jail now has a full body scanner.

Pottawattamie Sheriff Jeff Danker says had they had the scanner a year ago, a life may have been spared.

"We believe if he didn't have that, that incident would not have happened," said Danker.

The machine is ultra sensitive and deputies are trained to know what to look for.

"Some of the prisoners who come in here are very inventive of how they hide this contraband. We want to do everything we can to eliminate as much contraband as we can come into our jail facilities," said Danker.

Any inmate who is leaving the prison for court medical reasons will be scanned. They will also be scanned upon return.

Deputy Dustin Ceder says, "It adds to your sense of security and well being knowing that there are other things in place."

Security cameras and other security measures will still be in place. Sheriff Danker says the scanner is an enhancement.

"This is really important, not only do we want to keep our officers, detention officers, we want to keep the other prisoners safe too," said Denker.

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