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User's Guide for Hand-Held and Walk-Through Metal Detectors

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Date Published
January 2001
64 pages
This guide presents information concerning the theory and operational limits of hand-held and walk-though metal detectors and the technology pertinent for their use in weapon and contraband detection.
The guide includes general training instructions for metal detector operators and supervisors and information on where to obtain more detailed training. It also discusses safety topics and presents a list of present suppliers of hand-held (HH) and walk-through (WT) metal detectors. The document contains five main sections, with sub-sections as noted: (1) Introduction (Purpose of the Guide, Information Source, Security Requirements and Applications, Revised NIJ Standards); (2) National Institute of Justice Standards (Requirements for Acceptance, Performance Testing Procedures, Field Testing Procedures, Test Objects Description); (3) Principles of Operation (Generation of a Magnetic Field, Interaction of an Object With the Magnetic Fie1d, Detection, Electromagnetic Interference); (4) User Training Guide (General Considerations, Initial Training, Selection, Training, Testing, and Certification of Screening Supervisors, Recommended Content for Initial Screener Training Course, for Recurrent Screener Training Course, and for Screener Supervisor Training Course); and (5) General Installation Procedures. Figures, tables, symbols and abbreviations, prefixes and conversions, references

Date Published: January 1, 2001