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The Apache Junction Police Department is sharing this message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to promote safe cell phone use. A press conference was held Tuesday in Phoenix by area law enforcement officials to remind the public that there are consequences for making false threats. The FBI is using the hashtag #Thinkbeforeyoupost
Several instances have recently occurred where people used social media or a cell phone to issue threats against schools, churches and business offices. These crimes can be a federal crime for threatening interstate communication, or can fall under state statutes.
The message from the FBI and your local law enforcement partners is:
The FBI issued its warning earlier this summer. A recap is available at https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/hoax-threats-awareness-052318.
If you have any questions, please contact the AJPD Community Resource Coordinator, at (480) 474-5442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.