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Suspicious package? What to do when you see one

Officer Workman says every police and fire bomb squad nationwide goes through the exact same FBI training course to have the same tactics on how to respond to any bomb incident. (File Photo)

Have you ever gotten a package when you’ve least expected it? Well for some people, the first instinct is to pick it up and see what it is. Nampa Police says that’s actually the opposite of what you should do when you get a suspicious package.

“I’d much rather us respond and find out that it’s nothing than have a homeowner take a chance and something bad happen.”

Officer Brad Workman with the Nampa Police Department says items left in unusual places, packages with no return address or shipping information, or simply anything you feel is out of place or not expected could be considered suspicious.

“If you could avoid touching it at all, do so. Just because there’s so many hazardous things that people can do if they want to harm people and just simply moving it could make it go off if there is in fact a device inside," Workman said.

A patrol response is initiated when dispatch receives a suspicious call. Upon arrival to the scene, an officer then assesses the situation.

“You know, how suspicious, where it’s at, the size," Workman said. To determine if it’s a highly suspicious package needing bomb squad response.

“We can do everything from running a dog around a suspicious device all the way up to taking x-rays and if it is something dangerous then we have all sorts of tools. Bomb robot, total containment vessels all sorts of things that we can safely remove the item,” Workman said.

Kiyah, Nampa’s only explosives K-9, is trained in 12 different odors and has to certify on 15 different finds to meet state standards.

“Part of the training is using real explosives and getting her to recognize that when she smells different odors she needs to sit in order to get a reward,” Workman said.

According to Workman, every police and fire bomb squad nationwide goes through the exact same FBI training course to have the same tactics on how to respond to any bomb incident.

“We try to preach even to our own officers, if it looks suspicious let the professionals handle it. It’s better to come out and find out it’s a small gift or something instead of something suspicious, then we call all walk away happy at the end of the day,” Workman said.

If you see something suspicious or out of the ordinary, go ahead and call police. There are always officers available to help out and work through the issue.

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