New Computer Program Stops Sex Offenders at School Doors
Jeanine Mills, principal of Oakcrest Elementary School in Ocala, FL, thinks new computer sign-in software for school visitors is the most effective security gadget Marion County Public Schools has at its disposal.
In only a few weeks, the Raptor Identification System has found a pair of child-sex offenders as they signed up as visitors at two elementary schools. The individuals, however, were not under court supervision and had legitimate purposes to be at the schools.
The Web-based, sign-on software system, which is manufactured by V-Soft and sold by Raptor Technologies, was implemented at the schools last month.
When a driver’s license is run through the system, it investigates each state sexual-violator database. After the identification is scanned, it will compare the pictures to all of the individuals on nationwide sex offender lists.
In certain cases, the system will hit on incorrect matches, and then the school worker must decide whether the warning is real.
School Superintendent Jim Yancey stated that for April 2007, the system cost each school around $2.50 a day.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from the Ocala (FL) Star-Banner; 05/14/07; Callahan, Joe.