Dear DPS Staff and Families,
Safety is our top priority for Denver Public Schools. We want to make you aware of a series of swatting incidents that have happened in various Colorado school districts today. “Swatting” is when someone makes a prank call to police claiming an emergency and provides a real address for law enforcement to respond to. The calls seem very real, and law enforcement responds as though it is a real incident to ensure student and staff safety. While none of these calls happened in any of our schools today, we have dealt with this issue in the past.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released this statement earlier today.
FBI Denver is aware of numerous threats made today to a variety of organizations and institutions across Colorado. The FBI works closely with its law enforcement partners by providing resources and guidance in these investigations and can recommend cases for federal prosecution. While we have no information at this time to indicate a specific and credible threat, we continue to work with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to gather, share, and act upon threat information as it comes to our attention.
It is important to note that law enforcement will use all available resources to investigate a threat until we determine whether it is real or not. Investigating hoax threats drains law enforcement resources and diverts officers from responding to an actual crisis. More information about the consequences of posting hoax threats can be found on fbi.gov. We urge the public to remain vigilant, and report any and all suspicious activity and/or individuals to law enforcement immediately.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind our community about what resources are available for anyone who suspects danger to themselves or others. If you or a student hears of a threat made against another student or the school, this should be reported immediately to a trusted adult, Safe2Tell at 877-542-7233 or online at www.safe2tell.org. If students need mental health resources, Colorado Crisis Services can be reached at 1-844-493-8255. DPS employees can contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 855-EAP-1DPS.
Department of Climate and Safety