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HomeMy WebLinkAbout0038 - BOMB THREATSRed Wing Police Department Policy SUBJECT: POLICY NUMBER W BOMB THREATS 38 Oxr, EFFECTIVE DATE May 23, 2008 REFERENCE(S): APPROVED BY: Minnesota CHIEF ROGER D. POHLMAN PURPOSE: To provide broad guidelines for handling bomb threats with a minimum of danger to employees and citizens and to avoid confusion over responsibilities at each level of threat. The primary purpose to keep in mind is the safety of all involved, citizens, employees, students, bystanders, as well as the Red Wing Police Department officials present. POLICY: The potentially serious injuries, considerable property damage and disruption of vital services associated with explosion dictates that our response be swift, but cautious. The Red Wing Police Department will take seriously all threats to injure citizens and damage property and understands that it is not possible to develop a policy for every conceivable bomb threat scenario that may occur. 1. PROCEDURE: A. When a bomb threat is received, an officer and the patrol supervisor or senior officer will be dispatched to the location. If the threat is at a school, then a school liaison officer will also be notified. First officer on the scene shall begin obtaining the following information: 1. Full information on the person who received the bomb threat. 2. Time call was received and what exactly was said by caller. 3. Gender and approximate age of caller. 4. Language and any characteristics that help identify the caller and also any background noises that may help identify where the call originated from. 5. Inquire if the call was recorded and also ask if the caller sounded familiar to the person receiving the call. B. An investigator shall be contacted to assist with the investigation. C. The patrol supervisor or senior officer shall inform all personnel responding to the scene to cease radio transmissions prior to entering any facility or in the immediate vicinity of a suspicious package/device found outside. If the facility is entered, the officer will contact dispatch via a telephone to let the other officers know what the situation is. (Use landline before cell -phone if possible...) If a landline or cell -phone is not available, portable radios should be the last option used. Page 1 of 3 BOMB THREATS -POLICY 38 D. The police personnel will discuss the threat only with the owner, manager or supervisor in charge of the facility or building. E. The person in charge of the facility or building will be in control of the situation and make all decisions until such time when a suspected bomb is located. F. Police personnel may suggest an appropriate course of action, but will not take control until information or evidence is uncovered indicating the presence of a suspected bomb. G. It will be the responsibility of the person in charge of the facility or building to have the location searched, and to provide individuals from their facility to do the searching. H. Police personnel ordinarily will not assist in any searches where occupants of the facility are available to perform this duty, except in the case of school buildings where there is a school resource officer available. If officers are requested to assist in searching a facility, approval must be given by a supervisor before the search is conducted. Police personnel may suggest that occupants familiar with the location are best suited to search for suspicious objects. However, all searchers must be instructed not to touch or move any suspicious object. All suspicious objects discovered should be immediately brought to the attention of the police. J. Any decision to evacuate the facility or building on the strength of the bomb threat will be left to the person in charge of the facility. Several factors should be considered: 1. How credible is the threat? 2. Was a time given for the explosion to occur? If there was a time given, Red Wing Police Department personnel shall recommend not having anyone in the building two hours before and two hours after that time. 3. How disruptive would the evacuation be? K. If the person in charge of the facility or building orders an evacuation, the Red Wing Police Department will work closely with that person to provide the safest and quickest evacuation as possible. All parties being asked to evacuate will be instructed not to bring anything with them and not to touch anything on their way out. L. If a suspected bomb is found, police personnel will immediately take control and do the following: 1. Not move or touch the suspect device in any way. 2. Summon additional personnel to the scene, if necessary, to establish an outer perimeter for crowd control. 3. Evacuate all persons from the facility to a place of safety. Page 2 of 3 BOMB THREATS -POLICY 38 4. Establish a command post and staging area. 5. Request the fire department send an ambulance and appropriate fire apparatus to a safe location near the facility. 6. Notify investigator to respond to scene 7. Notify the Chief of Police through the chain of command. 8. Contact Public Works Department for barricades. 9. Be aware of additional bomb or bombs. 10. Notify the Bomb Unit and bomb detection K-9 as necessary. M. Police personnel will cooperate with any assisting agencies called to the scene and will remain on the scene until relieved, or the scene has been rendered safe. N. All bomb threats and actions taken will be documented on an Incident Report and Supplemental Reports by all assisting officers at or near the scene. O. Under no circumstances will officers handle or attempt to handle or move any suspicious package or device. The Bomb Unit will be called to handle any suspicious package or device found. The only explosive devices that may be handled by Red Wing Police Department personnel, if they can be removed safely, are the following: 1. Small containers of flammable liquid. 2. Small arms ammunition and fireworks. P. In case of explosion, the scene will be cordoned off and no entry allowed. The fire department will then take appropriate action and police personnel will assist, as necessary, and preserve the scene as much as possible. Page 3 of 3 BOMB THREATS -POLICY 38