Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Installs New System to Keep Sex Offenders Off Campus

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

PECOS - One Basin school district looking to beef up security. They've installed a new system that will keep any person who may be a threat away from students, it's a first for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.

Keeping sex offenders off campus with a click of a mouse. It's called the Raptor System in which all school visitors must present a driver's license or an identification card at the school's office it then taps into the national sex offender data base.

"It automatically notifies the principal in the system and then we sit down and visit with them and they don't have access to the general school population," Pecos High School Principal, Perry Putman, said.

If you're visiting a school, you'll need to take out your ID give it to the school clerk. Then she'll scan it and your information will come up on the screen and if it's clear, it'll be ready to print a visitor pass to stick on and you'll be able to step on campus.

But if a person is a registered sex offender, an alert will pop on the computer screen. On the left side of the screen, one will see the visitors picture and a snap shot gathered from the ID and on the right side of the screen will be the sex offender information displayed in red with details.

"Color eyes, color hair and we need to make sure it's a match, the information," Pecos High School Registrar, Niomi DeAnda, said.

"Pecos and most communities in Texas have a very high incidents of sex offenders and we can't tell who they are just by looking at them. This is an effort to help us to keep our kids safe," Putman said.

School administrators say they also have the ability of flagging parents who have custody issues on this system as well.

"It makes me feel safer as an administrator," Putman said.

Even though the Raptor System has been implemented in other school districts around the Basin, this is a first at all of PBTISD schools.