Weapons Detection System

Evolv Technology

In 2021, Portsmouth Public Schools began researching new weapons detection systems that could replace the division’s current metal detectors and provide more comprehensive service in keeping weapons out of schools and office buildings.

These new weapons detection systems can help identify weapons on individuals in large groups (similar to what is used in today’s theme parks and sports stadiums). The division first piloted this type of system at Manor High School in December of 2021 and was installed in all middle and high schools in spring of 2023.

By Friday, Jan. 26, weapon detection systems made by Evolv Technology will be added to all of the division’s elementary schools and preschool centers. This means all students and school visitors will enter schools and office buildings through the Evolv system.

For any questions or concerns you may have about these systems, you can click on the EVOLV Parent Guide below, which includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Evolv Security Guide

This is just one added component of the division’s safety and security offerings. For reminders on the division’s ongoing work, visit the School Safety page on ppsk12.us.

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