Security Changes on the way for Alachua County Schools
Published July 29th, 2013
ALACHUA COUNTY,Fla.- Welcome mats are out in front of schools across the county , but new changes will make it harder for unauthorized visitors to make it past the front office.
Security is being beefed up in Alachua County schools at a cost of more than a million dollars.
One of the most notable changes is the raptor visitor check in program.
The system aims to prevent sexual predators from entering school campuses and it's been successful in test-runs.
"We've been piloting this for a few years so we have stopped some folk for whom we got a hit on the sexual predator list," says School Board Alachua County Spokesperson, Jackie Johnson.
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office will be supplying 12 additional deputies in the coming year to help patrol elementary schools.
That's in addition to the 4 Gainesville Police being reassigned to elementary schools.
The 16 officers and deputies will cost 1.2 million dollars.