The Canfield Local School District in partnership with the City of Canfield and the Canfield Police Department will soon have the Raptor system in all buildings. The City of Canfield was awarded a grant for over $73,000 from the US Department of Justice, 2020 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program. Police Chief, Chuck Colucci says, “The award funds, over a three year period, must be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds within our jurisdiction.” The grant requires the use of evidence-based school safety programs. The Raptor system meets all grant specifications.
Raptor is a visitor management system used by more than 32,000 schools nationwide. The system will screen every visitor, contractor, and volunteer instantly against the most reliable and up-to-date U.S. sex offender databases in all 50 states. The system will check visitors against custom school or district databases which can contain custody alerts and/or banned visitors. Raptor will immediately alert administrative and security personnel should a visitor be identified as a risk and keep dangerous individuals out of your schools.
Superintendent Joe Knoll says, “The Canfield Police Department was instrumental in securing the funding which allows us to have Raptor in each building. This is one more layer of protection for our students and staff.” The grant also includes the purchase of two bi-directional amplifiers that will improve police radio communication within Canfield High School and the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center. The district is working with the Police Department and hopes to have everything in place beginning in 2021.