District to add screening system

Procedure for handling potential threats to be determined

At a glance

Moffat County School District

screening system

Name: Raptor, a Web-based software program

Screens for: Registered sex offenders, people with restraining orders or current felony warrants and parents with custody disputes

How it works:

• School secretary scans visitor's driver's license or other form of identification

• System checks card using state and federal registered sex offender list and Craig Police Department database

• If person is listed on database, system sends out alert to secretary, School Resource Officer and designated district official

• Procedure for handling cases after alert yet to be determined

Cost: $13,718 to implement and maintain in district schools for two years; $2,500 annually after two years

How it will be paid for: Federally funded COPS grant pays for first two years; operation and maintenance cost paid from district operating budget after two years

Scheduled debut: October 2009

— Moffat County School District is looking to add another tool to its already growing arsenal of school security devices.

Raptor, a software application, will alert school officials if a potentially dangerous person walks through their doors. The Web-based software program will check visitors' proof of identification against state, national and local databases.

The system is scheduled to debut in district schools by October 2009.

"I think it's a real good way that we can further secure our schools," said Bill Leonard, Craig Police Department Patrol Division commander.

Once Raptor is installed, visitors will have to present a driver's license or other form of identification to the school secretary, who will then scan the ID card and print a badge for them to wear while in the building.

Raptor will check the visitor's information against state and national sex offender registries. If the person's name matches with an entry on the list, an alert will pop up on the secretary's screen. The system will send a similar message to the school resource officer and a designated school district official.

Just what happens after that, though, is something that's still up in the air.

"We don't have all of that worked out," said Joel Sheridan, construction liaison for district building upgrade projects. "I'm assuming right now it would be the same as if we didn't know the person, and then we'd take time to verify" the visitor's identity.

If visitors don't have a form on identification with them, their names can be entered into the system instead.

However, a visitor in that case could get around the system by providing the wrong name.

"All we've done so far is identified that as an issue and one that's going to require a solution," Sheridan said.

He added that officials working on the system have until February or March to make decisions on these and other issues before they seek the school board's final approval for Raptor.

District administrators still have yet to decide what they will do if a visitor doesn't have an identification card.

However, he stressed that the system doesn't necessarily warrant police action.

"It just means there's an alert, and if the school resource officer : is there, (he or she) can check it out," he said. "It doesn't mean we're going to run in with lights and handcuffs."

Raptor also would screen visitors against a local database designed to identify:

• Parents with restraining orders

• Faculty members' spouses with restraining orders

• People with current felony warrants

• Parents with custody dispute issues

In all cases, only a database manager chosen by the school district and police department could access confidential information stored by the system.

"Currently, more than 5,000 schools in 39 states use this program," including school districts in Adams, Douglas and Jefferson counties, according to school district literature.

Raptor will cost $13,718 to implement during the first two years. A Community Oriented Policing Services grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, which also will be used to fund other security upgrades, will pay for the program during this period.

After two years, the system will cost $2,500 per year to maintain in all district schools, at which point money from the district's operating fund will support the program.

Comments

taxslave 5 years, 4 months ago

I will never visit the school. The children in my household will NEVER go there. Those of you who want to continue to live in and promote fear....be my guest. Better yet...why don't all of you move to DC where all the fear moglers truly live.

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taxslave 5 years, 4 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaxdUPNYj2s

Even the MSM is starting to tell the truth....they are preparing you for what many of us saw coming for years.

I know I'm off subject.....sorry....but I'm angry because we are paying these people to rip us off!

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oawow 5 years, 4 months ago

Wait....What? I don't think Ken Salazar had any influence on the school districts choice to put this in. I think you want the political section of the newspaper.

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taxslave 5 years, 4 months ago

I just want to add.....So now our teachers are cops. How long do you figure before they work for homeland security.

geeze

get on google and check out what our elected wonders are doing behind closed doors (and yes Salazar knows).....they're amending the Constitution, 33 states have already agreed. What do you think Ritter & Salarzar will do? That's why they've made him sec. of interior.....he's part of it.

shame on you ken salazar. they all know as well about the ripping off of the American peoples money. Do any of you realize the TARP funds spent (under other names) is already over 8 TRILLION DOLLARS. They are purposely collapsing the us dollar. They know exactly what they are doing. They just voted themselves a raise as well. (just like our own city overseers)...did u get one?

And this next clip will show you a clearer picture of the economic future of America.......Every household owes over 400K. You can also google the DBI, dry baltic index), down 96% in one month.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PIEGK0IbA4

anyone who voted for either party, r or d, are sadly misinformed. turn off your tvs...you must read the net to know the truth. It's just a matter of time before they regulate this too. They're debating it behind closed doors too.

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lonelyone 5 years, 4 months ago

Tax, why does this bother you? I personally don't feel that Craig needs this but we're not the little town many of us moved to many years ago. This seems to be something that could prevent something bad happening to one of the students or teachers in our schools. Again, I think it's a bit much for Craig, but then I don't have kids in the school system anymore and I don't know who may or may not fall into the catagories they are talking about. But if someone were trying to get at "one of the children in your home" wouldn't you want to know they could do a little something extra to protect them.

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taxslave 5 years, 4 months ago

Why it bothers me if because it's NEVER going to stop. Check out wed. paper, notices on back page.....city of craig bids for 4 Police special forces vehicles......what the heck would these be for? I ask because we're paying for them.

remember, governments have no money....just ours.

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