Police launch body scan pilot project

Toronto Police have launched a six-month pilot project, testing full body scanners.

As a matter of fact, with this roll-out, they become the first police service in the country to test the new technology.

It will be used in lieu of a strip search in many cases, but won't eliminate the need for some to completely disrobe.

The scanners will be used to find contraband or evidence.

If a suspect refuses the scan, then they could be subjected to a strip search.

Toronto Police says the new technology ensures the safety of everyone involved, both police and suspects.

The data will be stored for 30-days if nothing is found.

Toronto Police conducts 55 thousand strip searches annually.