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Crisis Protocol: Bomb Threat


The reporting of an explosive device or suspected explosive device, which is believed to be a threat to life and/or property.

Procedure - Telephone threat

Keep the caller on the telephone, ask and record:

Document the following information for the responding police officer:

Procedure - Written Threat

If a letter threat is received, it should be preserved for the police department.

To preserve fingerprints, it should not be handled once the letter is opened. IMMEDIATELY call the Department of Public Safety.

The Department of Public Safety in cooperation with the Detroit Fire Department shall determine the necessity of searching and/or evacuating the building. DO NOT TOUCH ANY SUSPICIOUS OBJECTS. Do not open drawers, cabinets, turn lights on/off, or transmit over the radio.

If evacuation is necessary, quietly evacuate the building and move occupants to a safe location.