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Police: Bomb Threats Have Caused Strain on Resources

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Bomb threats across Delmarva have put a strain on local police agencies (Source: WBOC) Bomb threats across Delmarva have put a strain on local police agencies (Source: WBOC)

GREENWOOD, Del.- From Dover and Milford to Delmar and Ocean City, the impacts of this week's bomb threats are being felt by local police departments, across Delmarva. Some law enforcement officials say the bomb threats created a "strain" on their departments' resources and manpower, especially at the smaller stations. 

"It was all hands on deck," said Sgt. Robert Masten from the Milford Police Department. 

Masten is the school resource officer for the Milford School District, and said that the department needed to take the bomb threat seriously, which meant allocating resources, time, and most importantly, officers. 

"You need a lot of manpower," he said. "So in the case like we had yesterday, we're pulling together school district officials, Carlisle Fire Company, fire police comes out. And we utilized maintenance staff at the schools." 

In Dover, they faced a similar challenge, sending officers from their community policing unit, their patrol unit, and their traffic unit. Even with Dover's larger staff of 94 officers, Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the incident could open the door for possible delays in non-emergency responses. Hoffman said that emergency calls were not impacted by the bomb threat. 

The impacts were more significant at the smaller departments, like Greenwood, which had to respond along with Delaware State Police to an incident in the Woodbridge School District. Chief Mark Anderson said that Greenwood has only four full-time officers, along with one part-time officer, and so every on-duty officer was sent to the scene. 

"With a smaller agency," he said, "Having limited manpower, particularly in the smaller towns, you would have to outsource to reach out to the other agencies to provide assistance."

Masten said that there was also a strain on the bomb-sniffing dogs. That's because he said there are only a limited number of dogs in the state available. 

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