(TNS) – Law enforcement officials on the East End in New York are investigating a spate of prank emergency calls that have triggered heavy police responses and are forcing officials to do more to authenticate time-consuming and potentially dangerous incidents.
The bogus calls, known as swatting because they often draw a police department’s SWAT team and other first responders, have targeted high-profile people such as celebrities, as well as those in the gaming community, a law enforcement source said.
“Generally they involve a report of a murder, or a kidnapping or both,” said Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki. “These events trigger a significant and serious response.”
They can also be costly and dangerous.
Source: DRJ New feed