SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – The Road Home shelter could soon get two metal detectors.
Scott Howell, with the Pioneer Park Coalition, says metal detectors at the shelter can help prevent weapons and needles being brought into the shelter.
“We’ve had a lot of homeless people tell us: ‘I’m not going to The Road Home because I don’t feel safe there,'” said Howell.
He says the state and the board overseeing The Road Home have asked Pioneer Park Coalition to fund two metal detectors after an audit earlier this year.
“When the auditors came down there, they actually found an individual that had a loaded pistol and was high on cocaine — and then they found a pretty significant amount of cocaine,” said Howell.
On Thursday, Howell says the coalition board voted unanimously to approve the purchase of two detectors. Those metal detectors could cost between $3,000 and $6,000 each, he said.
Before purchasing the detectors, though, Howell says they’ve asked The Road Home for a safety plan to see how the metal detectors will be used.