Portage la Prairie RCMP respond to threats at high school

RCMP locked down PCI Wednesday morning after a telephone threat was received.
CITIZEN PHOTO/MICKEY DUMONT

Following a Wednesday morning lockdown at Portage Collegiate Institute, a police investigation is now centred on identifying the individual who called in a threat.

A Sept. 18 police press release does not say what the threat was, but Police Dog Services attended with a certified explosives detection dog.

On September 16, 2020, at approximately 11:00 am, Portage la Prairie RCMP received a call from an unknown person who made a number of serious threats towards the Portage Collegiate Institute.

An officer, already in the school on an unrelated matter, was notified of the threats and asked that the school be placed on lockdown.

“Multiple resources were immediately deployed to ensure the safety of students and staff, including a number of officers from the Portage la Prairie detachment as well as Police Dog Services.

“A thorough search of the area was completed by officers and Police Dog Services with no suspicious persons or items being located. Following the search, the lockdown was lifted,” police say in the release.

During the investigation, two people were detained and questioned but released when it was determined that they were not involved.

The RCMP is continuing its investigation and is now focussing on identifying the caller.

If you have any information please call Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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