At Mayo Clinic, we understand that providing a safe, welcoming environment is essential to the health and happiness of our patients, visitors, and staff. We're committed to ensuring the physical and psychological safety of everyone who passes through our doors. One important layer of security is the passive weapons detection system. This advanced technology helps keep weapons out of our hospitals and clinics, without compromising the welcoming environment that patients and visitors expect from Mayo Clinic. This technology's state of the art screening capabilities provides a more accurate and efficient screening process. And because there are no known health risks, people who are pregnant, have implanted medical devices, or use mobility devices can pass through the system safely.
Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed by a Security Ambassador who will lead you through the system. The screening process is efficient and timely: Unlike other security systems, simply walk through at a steady pace, keeping all your belongings with you. For most people, that's all there is to it – you'll pass through the system without being delayed. When an item of interest is detected, the system triggers an alert, and identifies the item's location. This lets the Security Ambassador know what to focus on during the secondary screening. The Security Ambassador then informs the individual that an item of interest was detected and asks them to verify the item. This touchless, secondary screening may include asking the individual to open a bag or jacket to produce the item that triggered the alert. If a weapon is found, the individual will be asked to take it back to their car or place of residence, except in emergency/urgent medical situations. In these cases, an alternative process will be followed. It's important to note that every person, including all Mayo Clinic staff, will be required to pass through the detection system when using certain points of entry. That's a brief look at the passive detection system. We hope you'll agree that it's an excellent tool to help us achieve Mayo Clinic's goal of providing a safe and welcoming environment for patients, visitors, and staff.