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Hand-Held Scanners for Personnel
(Chapter 3   Metal Detection, Continued)

Instructions for the scannee

Education is important in enabling your scanning program to operate smoothly. Before the initiation of a weapon detection program, presentations and handouts should describe to the students, employees, and parents the items or materials that will make it more difficult to get through the scanning process quickly. If your school is also using x-ray technology for purses, bookbags, and so forth, consider asking students to put all alarm-causing items into their bags before they enter the scanning process.

For visitors and first-time scannees, it is very helpful (and will save time) to give them an idea of the process they are about to go through. Particularly helpful are posted instructions that are simple and quick to read, with diagrams showing what is expected of the scannee. An example of such instructions follows:

Welcome to our school. For the safety of our students, employees, and visitors, our policies require that EVERY person be scanned and his or her carried items searched to prevent weapons from entering our school.

When it is your turn, please stand first on the footprints on the floor. Extend your arms out to your sides, parallel to the floor.

If requested by the security personnel, please open your belt and extend both belt ends away from the front of the body.

To scan shoes, please grab the edge of the table and hold each foot, one at a time, out in back of you.

 



Research Report:   The Appropriate and Effective Use of Security Technologies in U.S. Schools