Greece unveils school security system
Updated: Thursday, August 28 2014, 09:37 AM EDT
Greece, N.Y. - People who visit Greece Central Schools will have to present a valid, government-issued photo ID to be scanned through the National Sex Offender Registry.
Director of school safety and security Steve Chatterton said, “It gives us the ability to notify everybody within the building that there is somebody that’s not supposed to be standing at the front desk within a matter of seconds.”
At all 17 of the district’s schools, the new system scans each visitor through the same database. The visitor management system called Raptor collects a person’s name, phone and birthdate from the ID. If cleared to enter the building, the software prints out a visitor badge.
“It’s got where you are, where you’re going and you’re picture is clearly visible,” Chatterton said the new badges will help security guards make sure someone is not where they are not supposed to be.
Chatterton said with the new system and the surveillance camera, he can see every visitor at every school. It creates an electronic record of who is in the building and when. Chatterton said, “I’d be able to tell you the time you went in the time you left and we keep that forever.”
If an unwanted visitor shows up, one click of a button on the main office computer will send a text to all the administrators in the building.
Chatterton said, “It’s definitely the wave of the future and we spoke with parents, we went to conference, we checked with people and people like this, they like the system they like the fact that everyone has got an ID, the fact that we are checking the sex offender registry.”
Visitors only have to scan their ID on the first visit and the Sex Offender Registry is updated every week.
Chatterton said, “Every time they come into the building and we click submit it runs them back through that database.”
Much more sophisticated that the sign in sheet that was used before, the system costs a couple thousand dollars per machine and GCSD has one at the entrance of every school.
Chatterton said, “If we stop one sex offender from entering the schools then the system is worth it.”
According to the software company’s website, the screening system has stopped 15,000 sex offenders from entering schools all across the country.