Swatting incident prompts heavy police presence on George Street in Peterborough

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Peterborough police say their heavy presence on Friday on George Street was needed following a 911 call. However, police say they determined the call was a "false report" and was a case of swatting – Apr 25, 2022

Peterborough police say a heavy presence on George Street on Friday evening was the result of a swatting call

The Peterborough Police Service says around 6 p.m. it received a 911 call at a George Street North address with information that required members of its emergency response team to be deployed.

Police did not provide details on the call.

Read more: The growing problem of ‘swatting’ and why experts say it’s a dangerous trend

Police and paramedics attended the scene along George Street North just north of Parkhill Road. Multiple police cruisers were in front of townhouse complexes and a police drone was also deployed above the scene.

Officers closed both Parkhill Road and a trail behind a complex for several hours.

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On Monday morning, police said the call was a “false report” and a case of swatting — a form of harassment in which phony attempts are made to get police forces to deploy their emergency response teams.

“These types of calls are false reports but require the response level of an emergency response team,” police stated. “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.”

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