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New WFISD Security Software Targets Sex Offenders

<font size=2> <P>The Wichita Falls school district is putting in new security procedures and technology at all its campuses....</P> <P>Mechell Dixon spoke with the district's director of security to find out how it works.</P></font>

Raptor Visitor Management System uses a picture ID and the Department of Public Safety to check for registered sexual predators in all 50 states.

Campuses in the Wichita Falls school district are getting posters that reflect the sign of the times.

It lets them know they're keeping watch over who comes and goes and they're doing it through this device made by Raptor Technologies out of Houston, Texas.

"It's a good system. It will check for sex offenders. So we've kind of upgraded the security level at our schools by having all parents and people who come into our schools be checked to make sure they're not sexual predators," says Bill Horton, WFISD director of security.

And the system has been in use in other districts for a while.

"In the past decade we've flagged over 10,000 registered sex offenders that were attempting to enter our clients schools," says Jim Vesterman, CEO of Raptor Technologies.

When a visitor arrives at a school they go to the front office and hand over a picture ID to be scanned.

It only takes 50 seconds for the system to check with DPS to see if that person is a registered sexual predator.

If they are that person escorted out of the school.

If they are not, a tag is printed with the person's name, picture and location of where they're going at the school.

"That allows a teacher or administrator to challenge that person. What are you doing in this area? Can I help you? Then, guide them back where they need to be cause once they get in the building they can practically go anywhere they want to,,, so this allow us to kind of focus them in a certain area that they're suppose to be in," explains Horton.

But Horton says they've had no problems at schools where Raptor is installed.

And he expects this new system to keep it that way.

According to the CEO of Raptor Technologies, the system will only check for registered sex offenders.

It is costing WFISD $46,000.

Crews started installing Raptor in district schools last week and it is expected to be running at all 31 campuses by Wednesday.

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