Kent police's drugs detector so successful it will soon spread its wings
Have you had drugs in your hands? Thanks to a mobile scanner, police will know.
Kent's cops have been using the ION Track machine to detect drugs on people’s hands as they enter pubs and clubs since 2008 -and such has been its success, it could be used in other forces across the country.
Drugs detected by the machine include heroin, cocaine, ketamine and other Class A substances.
Home Secretary Alan Johnson has recommended other forces to invest in the system after three members of the Home Affairs Select Committee saw it in use.
The committee is looking at the cocaine trade in the UK and how police forces deal with recreational drug use.
North Kent Drugs Liaison Officer PC Adrian Parsons reckons it’s well worth having: "We predominately look for Class A drugs on people’s hands and surfaces. Anywhere that drugs may be present then the machine will detect it, in minute particles.
"The versatility of these is fantastic. You can literally walk into a pub or a night club and you can start testing people then and there without using mains or leads."
There are four such devices in operation in the county.
January 22 2010
There is news video footage on the linked story- I don't have time to try and capture it. If anyone can grap it and upload it to the archives it would be appreciated.