Midland College PD • Crime Prevention • Bomb Threats

Emergency: 911          MCPD: (432) 685-4734

The mission of the Midland College Police Department is to maintain a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors.  It is our goal to assist you in any way possible. Your safety is of great importance to us.  In keeping with this mission we provide many services to the public.

Bomb Threats | Child Safety | Personal Safety | Rape Prevention | Telephone Safety  

Theft Prevention | Weapons on Campus | Information for Victims

Receiving Telephone Bomb Threats

 1. The person receiving a bomb threat should remain calm and should immediately write down the details while they are fresh in their memory. This information will aid the campus police in their investigation. After the call, they should immediately notify their supervisor and then call the police at 911 on any campus telephone.

 2. Immediately write down the exact wording of the threat.

 3. Questions to ask the caller:
      • When is the bomb going to explode?
      • Where is it right now?
      • What does it look like?
      • What kind of bomb is it?
      • Did you place the bomb?
      • Why?
      • What is your name?
      • What is your address?

 4. An educated guess should be made as to the sex, age and race of the caller.

 5. Record:

     • Time and date call was received;
     • Time length of call;
     • Telephone number at which call was received; and
     • Name of person receiving call.

 6. Describe the caller's language as:

     • Foul,
     • Irrational,
     • Well-spoken (educated),
     • Incoherent, and/or
     • Taped
     • Message read by threat maker

 7. Describe the caller's voice as as:

• Calm

• Angry

• Excited

• Slow

• Rapid

• Soft

• Loud

• Laughing

• Giggling

• Sincere

• Normal

• Distinct

• Crying

• Nasal

• Stutter

• Lisp

• Slurred

• Distessed

• Ragged

• Deep

• Clearing Throat

• Deep Breathing

• Cracking Voice

• Raspy

• Disguised

• Accent

• Familiar





 7. The person receiving the call should attempt to identify background noises that may help to determine the location where the call is made from:

• Street Noise

• Voices

• Laughter

• Music

• Motor Engines

• P.A. System

• Office Machinery

• House Noises

• Factory Machinery

• Animal Noises

• Telephone Line Noise
   (ie: clear, static, echo, long distance)


Receiving Written Threats

Save all materials, including any envelope or container. Once the message is recognized as a bomb threat, further unnecessary handling should be avoided. Every possible effort must be made to retain evidence such as fingerprints, handwriting or typewriting, paper, and postal marks which are essential to tracing the threat and identifying the writer.

While written messages are usually associated with generalized threats and extortion attempts, a written warning of a specific device may occasionally be received. It should never be ignored.

Suspicious Objects and Packages

A suspicious object is defined as any object of unknown origin. It may be a backpack, briefcase, radio, shopping bag, or book. (One of the Unabomber’s fatal devices was a short length of 4" × 4" lumber left on the pavement behind a business.)

A suspicious package or object may be suspected for any of several reasons:

     • The package is labeled “Bomb,” “Danger,” “Do Not Open,” etc.
     • The package resembles a bomb or is located in a place to fit the circumstances.
     • The package does not belong to the particular premises or is out of place.
     • The origin of the package is questionable or cannot be readily determined.
     • The physical characteristics of the package are suspicious in size, shape, weight, or audibility.

If a suspicious package or bomb is found, evacuate the area. Do not handle it, move it, immerse it, or cover it. You do not know how the device is fused. Do not take the time to try to barricade or “sandbag” a suspicious object.

If a suspicious object is found in a room in the building, leave the door open when you leave it to summon aid. (You want to create an escape route for expanding gases. You close doors in a fire evacuation, open doors to ventilate in a bomb threat evacuation.)

The building manager should have an employee stand by and act as a guide to direct the police upon their arrival.

Decision To Evacuate

The decision to evacuate a building in the event of a bomb threat is up to the building manager, unless, of course, a bomb is actually found. The building manager’s decision to evacuate should include input from the campus police so any necessary evacuation can be conducted in a safe and expedient manner. The signal for evacuating the building during a bomb threat should be the same as that used for evacuation in case of fire. The use of a different signal for bomb threats may create unnecessary excitement and confusion during evacuation.

Evacuation Plan

Building managers should have a plan of evacuation prepared in advance. This will assist in the orderly, safe evacuation of the building if necessary. Once a building is evacuated, prevent re-entry.

The recommended minimum distance for evacuation is 300 feet from the building. If a large, well-constructed office building is the target and a threat is directed toward a specific floor, evacuate that floor and the floors immediately above and below it.

Physical Plant staff should be close at hand during an evacuation if it is necessary to cut off power and gas.

If evacuation is warranted, it is recommended that people be directed to a predetermined relocation site to maintain order, locate key personnel during the subsequent search, and to get a head count of building occupants.

Evacuation Checklists

     • Establish a pre-arranged route out of the building.

     • Establish a pre-arranged assembly area for employees to meet and be counted.

Permission to reproduce these protocols was granted by University of Texas Police Department in Austin, Texas.

mcpdpatchThe mission of the Midland College Police Department is to maintain a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors.

Room 136, Scharbauer Student Center
MC Main Campus, 3600 North Garfield 
Midland, TX 79705
Phone: 432-685-4734 or (Emergency 432-685-4911)
Fax: 432-685-6836