In the fifteen years that Ray Skradzinski has worked in correctional facilities security, he has witnessed a variety of security breaches. From inmate riots to escape attempts, staff members must prepare for any situation. Part of securing against such an eventuality e·ven·tu·al·i·ty
n. pl. e·ven·tu·al·i·ties
Something that may occur; a possibility.
pl -ties is keeping keys safe and out of unauthorized hands.
Earlier this year, as a replacement building was being completed for the Salem County Correctional Facility of Salem, New Jersey Salem is a City in Salem County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 5,857. It is the county seat of Salem CountyGR6. The name Salem is related to the Hebrew word shalom, meaning peace. , management took the opportunity to make the key distribution system more secure. Deputy Warden Skradzinski, who was charged with purchasing equipment for the new site, chose the KeyWatcher by Morse Watchman WATCHMAN. An officer in many cities and towns, whose duty it is to watch during the night and take care of the property of the inhabitants.
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The new facility, which can hold up to 416 inmates, uses electronic locks for inmate doors and outside perimeter security doors. Other areas, such as janitorial closets, offices, and multipurpose mul·ti·pur·pose
Designed or used for several purposes: a multipurpose room; multipurpose software.
Adjective rooms, have regular architectural locks.
With a security staff of 118 correctional officers, tracking keys can be a challenge. Under the new system, each key is fitted to a smart-key inside a storage unit. The KeyWatcher can then be programmed to release each key to any number of authorized users authorized user Radiation physics A person who, having satisfied the applicable training and experience requirements, is granted authority to order radioactive material and accepts responsibility for its safe receipt, storage, use, transfer and disposal . To obtain the keys, a user would enter an ID number and the number of the key into a key pad.
The new key control system records and tracks the access history of each key and user. If a key is not returned, the cabinet will sound a beep and automatically print out the ID number of the person who last checked out the missing key.
At the previous location, all keys were kept in one place on a pegboard. To check out a key, correctional staff had to sign a key log. This system often resulted in lost keys. "If someone took a key without logging it out, we had no way to track it," says Skradzinski. "We would have to consider the key lost and change all the locks."
The correctional facility has been using two KeyWatcher units for approximately seven months. One is in the central control area, and the other is in the booking control area. The keys in the control center are emergency back-up keys to cells and main doors whose electronic locks will not work in the event of a power failure. Only managers are authorized to retrieve the keys.
The key cabinet in the booking control area holds ten keys that open individual holding cells and vaults used to hold the personal property of the inmates. Other keys in the cabinet fit locks to outside gates and storage facilities.
The KeyWatcher is of particular value in the booking control area because it allows two levels of key security in the same cabinet. For example, only supervisors can open inmate vaults and holding cells, but outside gates and storage facility locks are open to a wider range of individuals.
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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
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3. Skradzinski, the KeyWatcher system has already proven useful. Though most of the keys are for emergency use only, they have been logged out a great deal in the new facility. "There are always glitches with policies and procedures Policies and Procedures are a set of documents that describe an organization's policies for operation and the procedures necessary to fulfill the policies. They are often initiated because of some external requirement, such as environmental compliance or other governmental ," says Skradzinski. "But, because of the transition, we are forced to use the emergency keys more often than we anticipated. With the KeyWatcher system we can do this more safely."
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