PEORIA, Ill. — UPDATE: Thursday, 11/21/2019.
Nation-wide school violence was one of the issues causing Bradley Police to be on high-alert Wednesday.
Chief of Bradley Police Brian Joschko says it’s important to respond to threats, no matter the severity.
“They all really start the same. The first piece of it is ‘what in the world are the facts we have?’ Then based on that and the significance of that incident, it depends and informs where we go from there,” Chief Joschko said.
Joschko says because incidents have been happening at schools nation-wide, it’s important to take extra precaution.
“Part of it is to provide a level of safety and comfort to people so they know we take it seriously, we have an increased police presence, that they see people on campus and it gives them a sense of safety and security,” Chief Joschko said.
Chief Joschko says having resources with City and County law enforcement helped ensure the safety of everyone on campus.
Bradley University police (BUPD) officers are investigating a potential threat made on campus.
A handwritten note was found in a restroom in Olin Hall this afternoon, threatening violence this evening in that building. Police are investigating the issue and said the threat is being taken seriously.
BUPD tells WMBD the time indicated on a threatening note on campus passed without any danger. Officers will remain in the area out of an abundance of caution.
BUPD investigating the matter and at this time has not determined it to be a credible threat. However, in light of incidences of campus violence happening around the country, the BUPD is remaining cautious.
Bradley University has engaged the Peoria Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies, and there will be an increased police presence on campus Wednesday evening. Classes will continue as scheduled.
Police will be posted at each entry of Olin Hall to check bags and personal belongings of those who enter.
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact Bradley police at (309) 677-2000 or the PPD at (309) 673-4521.
We have a crew on the scene and this story will be updated.