FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DATE: February 21, 2018

School Threat Investigation

(Rio Rancho, NM) — On the evening of February 20, the Rio Rancho Police Department received reports of a potential threat of violence, made on social media, that was to occur on February 21 at Rio Rancho High School.

The Rio Rancho Police Department takes all threats seriously and are actively investigating this matter. “Currently there are numerous police officers, RRFR staff, and RRPS security staff patrolling Rio Rancho schools including RRHS, Cleveland HS, and several middle and elementary schools,” said Rio Rancho Police Chief Steele. “We encourage all residents, parents, and students to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity to the authorities. Rio Rancho first responders are, and have been, working tirelessly to ensure public safety in and around our schools.”

RRPD is responding accordingly to this threat, as we do with all threats. Often the goal of these threats is simply to interrupt daily life and cause fear and confusion.  Nevertheless, RRPD is utilizing all of the resources at its disposal to investigate this threat, and to safeguard our schools.

“The City of Rio Rancho will not tolerate these types of threats being made against its citizens,” said Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull, “I want to assure everyone that while there are those who want to unnecessarily and irresponsibly insight fear and apprehension among others, the City is doing all it can to protect the safety and well-being of all students, teachers, parents, and residents. Rio Rancho is a strong community and will not succumb to fear.”

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

kwilley@rrnm.gov

Lieutenant Ken Willey

OFFICE: (505) 891-5929

Rio Rancho Police Department

Stewart Steele, Chief

500 Quantum road

Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124