By Prince Moore
The Communication Forensic and Cyber Crime Division is trying to determine the source of the email which led to bomb threats at several educational institutions.
The bomb threats disrupted school activities and resulted in panic among some students and parents on Thursday.
The police have since indicated that the bomb threats were a hoax.
Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the JCF’s Corporate Communications Unit, said the police are taking the matter seriously.
“It is a priority because, for someone to do this, we really would want to know what was the intention, you know, why would somebody decide to do something like that, given what is happening,” she said, acknowledging that the situation created anxiety among parents and students and teachers, as well as the wider society, “because a real situation could mean disaster”.
SSP Lindsay insisted the issue is not a joke and whoever is at fault must be held accountable.
She said the police have been using technology in the probe.
SSP Lindsay warned people against engaging in pranks similar to Thursday’s emailed bomb threats, noting that it is irresponsible.
She lamented that it forces the police to pull resources from other critical areas, leaving those places vulnerable, to treat with a potential threat that really does not exist.
SSP Lindsay was speaking Thursday on Radio Jamaica’s Beyond the Headlines.