Police: People who make bomb threats can face serious consequences

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WEST MONROE, La, (KNOE) Police say making bomb threats is a serious offense.

KNOE spoke with West Monroe Police Chief Jeff Terrell after the multiple threats to area medical facilities on Monday.

Terrell says if a threat is made to a business or an organization, the employees there will call the police.

If something suspicious is actually found there, police will call the MPD Bomb Squad.

Terrell says it takes a lot of resources to get to the bottom of a threat and innocent lives could potentially be in danger. He says that's why the consequences are so serious.

"If someone does do that, and we find out who they are, it's a felony. And if it's at a business they can get up to 15 years in prison,” Terrell said.

He also says, “If it's at a school facility they can get up to 20 years in prison, so it's a very serious crime, we take it very seriously. You know nowadays with the technology that we have, we are very likely to find out who that person is, and we're going to come after you."

There were no threats made in West Monroe city limits.

The threat made to the Glenwood Senior Center was handled by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office.