Bakersfield City School District implementing Raptor to check for sex offenders


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Oct 15, 2019

Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The Bakersfield City School District is rolling out a new system hoping to increase security measures on campuses.

“It is working very well. The parents are very receptive,”said Paul L. Cato Middle School Principal Brooke Smothers-Strizic.

The program is called “Raptor” and it allows the school district to cross-check visitors’ identification with a sex offender database online and store the information in their system.

BCSD campuses currently using the pilot program are Caro, Fletcher, Sequoia, Wayside, Evergreen and Pauly.

Panama-Buena Vista School District rolled out its Raptor program last school year on four of its campuses, and the district extended it to all of them this school year.

Both school districts said they have not had sex offenders trying to gain entry on their campuses.

According to Megan’s Law website, there are nearly 2,000 registered sex offenders living in Kern County.