(1) Reporting the message to proper authorities in all cases.
(2) Search without evacuation (overt or covert).
(3) Evacuate and search.
c. Starting the Plan. When a bomb threat is received, the bomb threat
plan should begin.
It should have been so expertly planned and in such
detail that it can be started simply by a call. The call will be made to a
predesignated officer or activity, such as the Bomb Scene Officer.
may be made to the Staff Duty Officer or the MP Desk Sergeant.
d. The After-Action Report.
A complete after-action report is
essential to an investigation of a series of bomb threats.
should be submitted as a Memorandum.
A sample format is furnished in
search, if you are the commander or Bomb Scene Officer:
(1) Will the search be overt or covert?
(2) Will the search be conducted before, after or without evacuation?
(3) Will the search be conducted by supervisors, occupants, or a
(4) How much of the building will be searched?
A detailed search of even a medium-sized building can take from 12 to 24
hours, and moving the furniture and equipment around will cause a lot of
confusion and inconvenience to the occupants.
Many bombs are set off by
some type of watch or-clock mechanism. Because of this, the lapse of time
between setting the bomb and receiving the warning usually will leave less
than 12 hours.
b. The extent of any search will be determined by the number of people
on hand to search. The extent will also depend on the CO's evaluation of
Remember, MPs do NOT order searches, evacuation, or re-entry
into a building after an evacuation. These decisions are made by the CO,
building supervisor concerned, or bomb scene officer. See Appendix C for a
sample search checklist.
c. The person or group chosen to conduct the search must be given
special training. This must cover systematic search procedures. They must
be taught to recognize a bomb or explosive device (EOD will assist in this
The key to a successful search is to be systematic.
searches must proceed in an orderly manner from the starting point
throughout the area each room should be marked or sealed after it has been
searched. Be certain