Firefighters respond to a bomb threat at the State of New Mexico Corrections Department, Probation & Parole Division building located at 5 Grand Avenue Plaza, Thursday morning.The offices of the New Mexico’s Region IV Probation and Parole at 5 Grand Avenue Plaza received a bomb threat, Thursday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
The call came in around 10 a.m.
The facility was evacuated and the Roswell Police Department summoned to complete a search of the facility. The Roswell Fire Department was placed on stand-by at the Wool Bowl, with several fire engines and ambulances ready and alert.
By 10:30, RPD had completed a sweep of the facility, and the all clear was given. “There’s nothing inside; nothing outside or on the roof,” said Sgt. Ron Smith, who headed the operation.
RPD spokesman Officer Travis Holley said, “We have standard procedures we follow. The building is evacuated. We search.
We often have to rely on the knowledge of the employees who are there day-to-day. They will know if something is out of place, like a suitcase, something that doesn’t belong. ”
If a bomb is found, the bomb squad with the New Mexico State Police called in to defuse it.
According to Commander William Brown, the last time the bomb squad was called in was eight years ago.
Employees with Probation and Parole were unwilling to comment on the incident.