New equipment helps detect suspicious packages

White County Sheriff and Monticello Police Departments have new equipment to help them detect what's inside suspicious packages.

Posted: Dec. 19, 2017 5:17 PM
Updated: Dec. 20, 2017 5:38 AM

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLIF) — The White County Sheriff's Office and the Monticello Police Department have new equipment to help them detect what's inside suspicious packages.

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White County Emergency Management Director Roberta Yerk said she will do whatever it takes to keep people safe.

"So I approached the law enforcement and asked them if there was anything that could help with that," said Yerk. 

Together, the White County Sheriff's Office and Monticello Police Department came up with the idea to purchase new equipment. The TruNarc Analyzer is a small box with a screen on the front.

The device can show officers the contents of a suspicious package without them having to touch what's inside.

Monticello Police Chief Randy Soliday said not only will this make the process quicker, it's also much safer for officers.

"It will reduce the risk of them trying to get it out of the container that it's already in and put it into the pouches or the test kits that we have so it's going to greatly reduce the exposure risk," said Soliday. 

White County had a suspicious package incident back in October, although it didn't end up being a threat to the community, Yerk said the decision to purchase the equipment was an easy one. 

"Just because we're a small town doesn't mean it's not going to happen here, it could very well happen here so we're just trying to be prepared for everything," said Yerk. 

The equipment was purchased through a grant from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Both departments have their own. They were $26,500 each.

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