Newtown Public School District Chooses Raptor System to Enhance Security

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District installs visitor management software by Raptor Technologies to screen entrants.

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Visitor entry management is key to strengthening school security.

As a part of its ongoing initiative to enhance safety and security, Newtown Public School District is upgrading its on-site security measures with visitor management software developed by Raptor Technologies, the nation’s leading provider of integrated safety technologies for K-12 schools.

In remembrance of the 2012 tragedy that struck the district, Raptor Technologies and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) jointly sponsored the initial purchase of the Raptor system for the entire district. With the installation of the system, Newtown Public Schools is now able to quickly screen visitors, vendors, and other entrants against a custom watch list as well as against a national database of registered sex offenders.

“Our highest priority is the safety of our students, staff, and visitors,” said Dr. Joseph V. Erardi Jr., Superintendent of Schools for Newtown Public School District. “By implementing measures like the Raptor system, we are adding to our existing security initiatives to ensure a protective environment, while continuing to foster a positive learning experience for our students.” Since 2012, Newtown Public School District has continued to enhance its safety measures through exterior and interior security improvements, including adding the presence of a school resource officer in every school.

“We are honored by the fact that Newtown chose Raptor to provide its visitor management software,” said Jim Vesterman, CEO of Raptor Technologies, “and we are proud to work with the National Association of School Resource Officers to contribute to the future security of the district.”

Mo Canady, NASRO executive director, said, “Visitor entry management is key to strengthening school security. We are honored to have had the opportunity to support Newtown's efforts as it continues to evolve its safety strategy."

Newtown Public School District, which includes Sandy Hook Elementary School, joins more than 70 schools in Connecticut and more than 13,000 K-12 schools throughout the United States that have implemented Raptor’s visitor management system.

To learn more about Raptor Technologies, visit For more information about the National Association of School Resource Officers, visit

About Raptor Technologies
Founded in 2002, Raptor is the nation’s leading developer of innovative K-12 school safety technologies and helps to provide schools with the instant screening of visitors and volunteers for sex offender status and custodial orders. Raptor’s mission is to protect every child, every school, every day. More than 13,000 K-12 schools around the country currently use the Raptor system, keeping children safe from sexual predators. Raptor has flagged more than 15,000 registered sex offenders entering K-12 schools and has issued over 150,000 custodial alerts. For more information, visit

NASRO is a nonprofit organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators and school security and safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff, and the schools they attend. NASRO is located in Hoover, Alabama, and it was established in 1991. For more information, visit

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