Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on March 19, 2013 @ 7:27PM
Created on March 19, 2013 @ 6:46PM
Three potential bomb threats put folks all over our area on high alert Tuesday.
So 5 News wanted to find out if there's any protocol that police follow when a bomb threat is made.
According to WVU Police Chief Bob Roberts, anytime they get a threat there's certain things they look for to determine if the threat is legitimate. He said his department handles every potential scare differently.
Roberts said if a threat is determined to be legitimate their first step is too evacuate the building and the surrounding area. He said he wants to get everybody who could be in danger out of the area. Then bomb sniffing dogs are brought in check out the threat. The dogs search for chemicals that might be found in explosives.
Roberts mentioned anytime someone makes a threat police are paying attention to the details involved in it. He said if we want these kinds of threats to stop the folks responsible fore making them need to be shown that what they're doing is wrong.
"I think that folks in the community need to say that these kinds of things aren't acceptable," Roberts said. "If you see things that are out of sorts call (police).
Roberts said if anyone makes a threat against WVU they could face federal charges
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