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New x-ray system helps law enforcement better deal with suspicious package situations

Posted at 5:17 AM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 20:13:23-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - A new x-ray system is helping the Tucson Police Department's bomb squad better deal with suspicious package callouts.

The Tucson Police Department was able to get the new system after applying for a Department of Homeland Security grant. The Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation also helped TPD purchase the system.

The new x-ray system helps bomb squad members get a quick and clear look into what is inside of a potential suspicious package.

Sergeant Dain Salisbury with the Tucson Police Department told KGUN9 the new x-ray system will help officials a whole lot more than the old system.

The old system required officers to scanned the item and take it back to a vehicle to develop the photo of the inside.

"When we had the old film it'd take about 30 minutes to x-ray a package to see what was inside. This new x-ray system that we have takes approximately two to five minutes which means we can tell what's inside of a package fairly quickly so that way the community can get back to enjoying the event that they are at," said Salisbury.

The new system is primarily being used during University of Arizona home football games and home basketball games.

During a UA home game up to 50,000 people can be in attendance, which means law enforcement officials also have to show up in big numbers.

Officers with Marana Police, Oro Valley Police, Tucson Police, UAPD, the TPD Bomb Squad, and SWAT all have law enforcement officials patrolling during games.

The hope is the new x-ray system along with law enforcement officials will be able to take care of suspicious package callouts a lot faster.