Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sheriff Lewis talks Area Bomb Threats

FROM: Sheriff Michael A. Lewis

In the past seven days, Delmarva schools have experienced computer-generated bomb threats, also known as robo-calls.  Some of these threats were made in Western Maryland as well.  Today, Wicomico and Worcester Counties received similar threats along with Sussex County, Delaware, New Jersey, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Deputies and a certified bomb dog thoroughly searched Salisbury Middle School with negative results for any explosive device.

Like last week, I have met with and remain in constant communication with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in an effort to maintain a collaborative response to these threats.  Today, I learned from the Baltimore Field Office of the FBI that they have now formed a Bomb Threat Task Force that will continue to work with local law enforcement in an effort to track down those responsible for these threats.  The FBI will assume primary investigative responsibility for these cases.  We in Wicomico County will continue to work closely with our federal partners to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and faculty members, while being mindful of our duty and responsibility to investigate these threats on a case by case basis.  Decisions to evacuate our schools are not taken lightly.  After much thought and careful consideration of the facts in each case, a joint decision will be made by the Sheriff’s Office and the Board of Education to shelter in place or evacuate the school.  

It’s so easy to second-guess our collective decision regarding school evacuations when you aren’t privy to preliminary information.  For investigative purpose, we cannot disclose all information learned during each of these cases.  However, this information does assist us in making an informed decision as to “shelter in place or evacuate” a school.  The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office will remain in Wicomico County Schools and work collaboratively with the FBI to carefully evaluate all relevant information.


Anonymous said...

Good information Sheriff Lewis!!! Continue to try and make our county safe. We support your efforts!

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