Police chief says false reporting will be prosecuted

Friday, June 15, 2018

McCOOK, Neb. — Police and sheriff’s officers responded to a McCook home after a 911 caller said he was hiding in a closet after intruders had entered his home.

When they arrived at that address, however, the residents knew nothing about the call.

It may have been an attempted “Swatting,” a false report of a hostage or other situation that brings a strong police response.

“In larger cities, there have been reports that created a SWAT team response, hence the term ‘swatting,’” Police Chief Ike Brown said.

These types of reports create serious dangers and have resulted in deaths in some cases. Anyone creating such dangerous false responses in McCook will be prosecuted for the criminal violation of false reporting,” Brown said.

Asked about recent reports of burglaries, Brown said the majority of such recent reports were not really break-ins.

“We have had come reports by persons who thought they may have had burglaries, but the investigation did not support the crime,” he said.

“That said, we have had burglaries and encourage citizens to be alert to any criminal activity and to report that activity to the police immediately.”

Call (308) 345-3450.

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