New Providence's Allen W. Roberts School Gets Security Walk Through by Police Department after Bomb Threat


NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Police Department sent a letter to parents and guardians of students at Allen W. Roberts Elementary School after a non-specific bomb threat was reported on Monday afternoon.

It's the second threat  reported at a New Providence school in March. The first threat was reported on March 5th at New Providence High School.

Emergency management procedures were implemented and after a search was made, no devices were discovered. 

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The letter emailed to parents and guardians statedpdf:

On March 12, 2018 at approximately 2:12 p.m. the New Providence Police Department responded to Allen W. Roberts on a reported non-specific bomb threat, which was written in a stall of the boys' bathroom and subsequently reported to the school administration.

In accordance with district policy, the police were immediately notified and the emergency management procedures were implemented. A complete search was conducted by the New Providence Police Department and the Union County Sheriff's K-9 Unit. As a result of the search, no devices were discovered. At approximately 2:55 p.m., Allen W. Roberts was cleared for regular activities.

A thorough investigation will be conducted to seek out the origin of the message. Threats such as this are considered very serious matters and responsible parties will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The Police and School District collaborate regularly on response to calls of this nature. We conduct joint drills on a monthly basis. We formulate and fine-tune our plans in conjunction with the Union County Bomb Squad and SWAT Team as well as the Union County Risk Mitigation Planner for the Department of Homeland Security. Our common goal is to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. Our plans are kept confidential due to their sensitive nature.

We recognize the importance of communicating to our parents in a comprehensive and timely manner. However, in the midst of any possible threat, our priority is the safety of our children. We must first deal with the situation at hand, to ensure that we deliver the most accurate and timely information to our constituents.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

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