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Peterborough Police Say Heavy Police Presence On George Street Friday Night Due To “Swatting Call”

KAWARTHA LAKES-A number of heavily armed police officers closed down George Street on Friday night and officials now say it was due to a “swatting call”.

Peterborough Police responded to a 9-1-1 call at a George Street address at approximately 6:00pm on April 22, 2022. Police say the information received was such that the Emergency Response Team attended and the area was secured for a period of time.

Through investigation it was learned that the call was in fact a “swatting” call according to police.  These types of calls are false reports but require the response level of an Emergency Response Team.

Swatting is a tactic of deceiving an emergency service into sending police or emergency response team to another person’s address triggered by false reporting of a serious emergency.

Peterborough Police remind residents that these types of calls require all the resources as if they were in fact real and charges in these cases could include criminal mischief charges.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Peterborough Police at 705-876-1122 x555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.stopcrimehere.ca


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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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