A new Rapiscan 622XR x-ray scanner has been installed at the main entrance to the CNMI Judiciary as part of the courthouse’s security enhancement. Funding from CNMI Homeland Security, arranged with the help of Marvin K. Seman, special assistant for Homeland Security, made the procurement of the sophisticated equipment possible.
The Rapiscan 622XR is fully compliant with U.S. Code of Federal Regulations requirements for performance and occupational-safety and health standards for ionizing radiation emitting products. Its dual energy detection provides automatic material discrimination so that screeners can identify the material composition of the scanned object.
The TSA is providing members of the Marshals Service Division the necessary training to operate the x-ray machine, which will identify prohibited items hidden in bags, purses, or other personal belonging entering the courthouse.
Among the most common items prohibited in the Judiciary are betel nuts, lighters, knives, and blades. Guns of any kind are prohibited as are mace, pepper spray, and pressurized containers that contain flammable substances. Screwdrivers, letter openers, and glass bottle drinks are prohibited, as well as common household items such as can openers, knitting needles, ice picks, and toy guns.
Ursula Lifoifoi-Aldan, deputy director for Judicial Enforcement and Security, said, “The new scanning equipment further ensures firearms or other dangerous objects are not brought into the courtroom, significantly improving courthouse security for the public, judges and staff.” (NMI Judiciary)