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Police Explain Bomb Threat Evaluation Procedure

Dubuque Police are explaining some of the ways they assess the credibility of a bomb threat, in the wake of this week’s threat at a Dubuque school. On Wednesday, a Hempstead High School student reported finding graffiti written on a bathroom wall containing a bomb threat. Police and school officials determined that the threat was not credible, and classes continued as usual. Police Lt. Joe Messerich says those determinations typically made considering the type of threat that is received and how it is received. There are resources the department can utilize to determine if a bomb is located where the threat comes from. Bomb threats are not unique to schools. In October, police investigated a threat at Stonehill Franciscan Services. Last month there were two threats within the span of a week at Rite Hite. Messerich stresses that all bomb threats reported to the department are taken seriously. Under Iowa law, making a false bomb threat is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

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