Police: Athens bomb threat cost department $2,200

Published: Aug. 20, 2015 at 7:02 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2015 at 7:24 PM CDT
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ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson has released the estimated cost associated with responding to a bomb threat like the one at Athens High School on Wednesday.

He says the department spent around $2,200 Wednesday. Johnson said the department didn't spend any extra money on the weapon threat Tuesday, but Wednesday was a different story.

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"The threat Tuesday didn't require us to enter an investigation and we didn't have to call anyone in or spend anything extra," Johnson said.

Wednesday was a different story.

"We had to intervene," Johnson said.

Johnson also said the department is still working on the investigation and it's not going to be a "fast investigation."

Johnson could not release whether the threat came from inside the community or whether the department is working with any federal investigators. He did say the department is "reaching out to other sources."

"Our primary goal is to protect students and staff," said Johnson.

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