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EDMONTON – The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) is applauding the provincial government’s announcement of a year-long pilot project at the Edmonton Remand Centre (ERC) that will see body scanner technology introduced in an effort to reduce contraband from entering the facility.

AUPE President Guy Smith said the union has requested a body scanner be installed at the remand centre for some time as part of ongoing efforts to improve safety at correctional facilities province-wide.

“The well-being of our members is vital. The body scanner is an effective technology used to improve the health and safety of staff, inmates and others at correctional facilities around the country,” Smith said. “We’re glad it’s now at the ERC.”

“We look forward to seeing the success of this scanner in reducing weapons, drugs and other illegal imports at the ERC and to seeing this technology implemented at other provincial correctional facilities following the trial run in Edmonton,” said Smith.

AUPE represents more than 90,000 members across Alberta, including 890 at the ERC.

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For more information:

Guy Smith, AUPE president: 780-265-2294
Tyler Bedford, AUPE senior communications advisor: 780-298-7626

Ken Johnston, director of security at ERC; Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General; Guy Smith, president of AUPE in front of the new body scanner technology at the Edmonton Remand Centre.

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