Smiths Falls – In response to the article in last week’s Smiths Falls Record News, “Social Media Fumble” by Laurie Weir, The Smiths Falls Police Service would like to assure the community that Public Safety comes before “Tweeting”.
We take Public Safety very seriously and will not release any information until it has been properly investigated. Sending out premature or unconfirmed information can be very dangerous
and as indicated in the article can “misinform” or “make a bad situation worse”.
In these specific types of situations, the police are communicating closely with schools and school boards ensuring students and staff are safe while investigating the possible threat.
During these early stages, it is important that only authorized personnel release information. Our Dispatch staff do an excellent job answering emergency calls, coordinating services, monitoring radio transmissions and providing officers with crucial information at the scene.
Once Senior Command Staff have all of the information a decision is made on what message needs to be released to the Public. This is done with the cooperation of the School Boards as
To further clarify the indication in the article of calls being made to three separate desks, these calls were made to two Administrative desks (going to voicemail) and one to a specific officer’s voice mail. Two of the three were not on duty at the time.
As the Chief of Police, we do value the relations we have with all of our media outlets and rely on them to assist with getting our message out. I want to say that this community receives
excellent, highly trained, dedicated and professional service from the men and women of the Smiths Falls Police Service and will continue to do so.
We will always keep the public informed as quickly and efficiently as possible.
I thank you for your understanding and support.
Chief of Police